— Terence M. Young (@Terence_M_Young) February 7, 2021
Trubisky, 26, was the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Bears declined the fifth-year option on his rookie contract which would begin in 2021 so his future is definitely up in the air.
Trubisky came to the Bears with high hopes and expectations.
While he has fallen short of many of those, is it fair to label him a bust?
No, he is not a bust.
Here are three reasons why.
1. Win-Loss Record
Trubisky’s win-loss record with the Bears is over .500.
He has 29 wins and 21 losses in the 50 games he started for the Bears.
Could it be better?
Of course, it could, but it is not in the classification of being a bust.
2. His Statistics
Trubisky was a Pro-Bowler in 2018, and he appeared in 2 playoff games (2018 and 2020).
His regular season statistics could also be classified as good, not great.
He has a 64% completion percentage with 10,609 yards passing.
Trubisky has 64 touchdowns and 37 interceptions.
He has been sacked 111 times which could be due to his own faulty decision-making skills along with less-than-stellar protection from his offensive line.
3. His Skills
Trubisky has a good arm and can make a positive impact on a team.
Obviously, he did not get off the trailblazing start of fellow 2017 draftmate Patrick Mahomes who was selected eight spots after Trubisky.
The Bears have not fostered his skills up to this point.
Current Bears System Is Not A Good Fit
Trubisky has already played for two head coaches (John Fox and current HC Matt Nagy), and aside from 2018, it seems like the Bears don’t know what to do with Trubisky.
He was benched for backup Nick Foles during 2020.
When Foles played badly, Trubisky again became the starter and finished 2020 playing pretty well.
The Bears have scored 30+ points in four straight games for the first time since 1965 🤯 pic.twitter.com/woIgNHtq66
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 27, 2020
Some would say that the Bears defense has carried the team for years; it is consistently higher ranked than the offense.
Mismanagement of Trubisky is something former NFL head coach Rex Ryan spoke candidly about after the Bears lost their wildcard game to the New Orleans Saints last month.
“I’ve never been a big fan of this Nagy guy, and quite honestly, It’s because of the way he handled the Trubisky thing. He put everything on him. He’s the guy they blame everything on. Well why don’t you look at yourself first, man? Dude, you scored three points in this game – I know it was nine, but no, it was three points. You’re an offensive guru. That’s why you came here…You’ve gone to the playoffs two of the last three years. Congratulations. That’s because the NFC is a hell of a lot weaker than the AFC.”
One thing is certain.
The 2021 offseason is anticipated to be an unprecedented quarterback carousel.