Mitchell Trubisky

Under Center Podcast: Trubisky, Watson and Mahomes forever connected

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Under Center Podcast: Trubisky, Watson and Mahomes forever connected

The "Pace Bowl" has come and gone and football fans everywhere are better for it, except Bears fans. Laurence Holmes is joined by Ben Heisler (@bennyheis), host of the Awful Announcing podcast, to discuss the 51-31 Chiefs-Texans shootout featuring Patrick Mahomes vs. Deshaun Watson and the draft that will forever connect the three quarterbacks.

(1:32) - What it was like to watch Watson vs. Mahomes live

(4:30) - It's weird trailing by three touchdowns is nothing for the Chiefs

(7:30) - How does scoring 31 points get you blown out?

(10:00) - Does It bother Mahomes that Bears over looked him?

(11:40) - How far is Trubisky from Watson and Mahomes?

(15:30) - What did Ryan Pace see in Trubisky that he didn't with the other two signal-callers?

(21:10) - Where does the "Pace Bowl" game rank?

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Facts and oddities from ‘Pace Bowl’ between Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson

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Facts and oddities from ‘Pace Bowl’ between Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson

Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans confirmed the obvious: quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson are two talented individuals.

Mahomes tossed 321 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions, while Watson threw for 388 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Kansas City rallied from a 24-0 deficit, taking down Houston 51-31 behind an electric 28-point burst in the second quarter.

For Bears fans, the game was a brutal reminder of what could have been. Chicago selected Mitchell Trubisky No. 2 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, ahead of Mahomes (No. 10) and Watson (No. 12). The game is likely the first of many postseason matchups we’ll see between the two signal-callers.

In the least sadistic way possible, let’s look at some of the best news and notes from Sunday’s game:

Mahomes came out on the right side of history:

Watson, on the other hand, came out on the wrong side:

The Chiefs and Texans combined for 52 first-half points behind six total passing touchdowns. That calls for an inevitable Trubisky comparison:

In lighter news, the 51-31 final score is a scorigami — a final score that's never occurred in NFL history.

    

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Chris Simms: Bears need to get a quarterback to push Mitchell Trubisky

Chris Simms: Bears need to get a quarterback to push Mitchell Trubisky

If last offseason was all about finding the kicker to shore up the Bears' chances at a Super Bowl run, this offseason will be all about the quarterback.

Not only has Mitchell Trubisky not definitively established himself as the unquestioned starter in the eyes of Bears fans, they'll need to add another quarterback with backup Chase Daniel heading to free agency.

With the Bears already announcing Trubisky is the starter heading into the 2020 season, and limited cap space to bring in a top name, what would the team look for on the free agent market?

"I would be shocked if the Bears don’t bring in a real viable backup quarterback, maybe somebody that’s a veteran that has played before," Chris Simms told NBC Sports Chicago. "And if Mitch Trubisky doesn’t play well in the month of September, where they can go okay, we gotta pull the string here, Trubisky is not looking good. Let’s go with our backup."

It worked for the Tennessee Titans, replacing Marcus Mariota with Ryan Tannehill. When the Titans made the swap, the team turned around and eliminated the Patriots in the Wild Card round in New England.

There are intriguing names on the market, including Mariota.

"Maybe it’s a guy like Andy Dalton. Somebody like that, along those terms. A guy who’s been a starter, who might want to go to a new team and know, I can go to this team and if I do get a chance to become a starter I have a chance to be successful," Simms said. "I think that would be the plan of attack that I would have if I was the Bears.

"Find that guy, not only to push Mitchell Trubisky to make him compete and get better at things, but the in-case Plan B, emergency we got to hit the alarm, Mitchell Trubisky is not looking good… we can put this guy in and our offense can execute at a high level.”

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