We’ve agreed to terms with QB Mitchell Trubisky on a one-year contract! #BillsMafia
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) March 18, 2021
The 2017 first round draft pick (2nd overall) and 2018 Pro Bowler is gone.
Mitch Trubisky (2017-2020) 29-21 Record 64 CMP% 10,609 YDs 64 TD 37 INT
* 2nd Overall Pick from UNC
* Only QB to throw for 300 in playoffs!
* 2018 Pro Bowl and 2021 NVP! pic.twitter.com/fjgYdkfzH9
— Mr. Keuchel (@GusSolano44) February 20, 2021
Given all of the Bears consternation with the quarterback position, should they have re-signed Trubisky?
The answer is no, and here’s why.
1. The Bears Gave Up On Him Long Ago.
There were so many signs along the way that the Bears were not committed to Mitch Trubisky.
They chose not to exercise his fifth year option.
He played merry go round at QB1 with Nick Foles during the 2020 season.
It just seemed like the Bears coaching staff specifically Matt Nagy did not want to work with him.
2. The Bears Are A Mess.
Their “Hail Mary” trade offer to the Seahawks for Russell Wilson fell flat.
So what do they do?
They sign Andy Dalton to a one year $10 million contract.
The Bears now have two backup quarterbacks on the roster.
Nick Foles is in the second year of his three year $24 million deal.
The Bears have $18 million tied up in backup quarterbacks.
If that is not a messy situation, then I don’t know what is.
3. The Method To The Madness Could Make Sense After The Draft.
Maybe judgement of the Bears 2021 offseason decisions should be halted until after the 2021 NFL Draft in late April.
Perhaps there is a method to the madness.
Could there be a quarterback on their draft board?
Might they be working a massive trade to land a big name quarterback?
It seems far-fetched given #2 above, but I suppose anything is possible.
If the Bears were truly committed to Mitch Trubisky, they would never have let him get away via free agency.
Given the right coaching and development, it is still possible to return Trubisky to the Pro Bowl quarterback he was just three years ago.
The failures in Chicago are not all on Nagy; some lie with Trubisky’s errors.
However, Nagy lost faith in Trubisky and was not creative with the offensive play calling.
After their wildcard loss to New Orleans the disconnect between coach and player was blatantly obvious as Trubisky said:
“I think we just kinda got away from it tonight a little bit. I’m not sure why. I just go out there and try to do my job to the best of my ability and try to go out there and lead my teammates. But when you’re not efficient on first and second down and they’re putting you in passing situations, you also gotta be able to pass the ball and convert on third down that way. We didn’t tonight. We didn’t execute. We didn’t put ourselves in a good position.”
The Bills Situation Is Good For Trubisky.
The Buffalo Bills are a great landing spot for him.
He can be comfortable behind Josh Allen; there will not be a quarterback controversy.
Yet, he can be coached and developed with the goal of finding a longer term home potentially as a starting quarterback.
For whatever reason, the Bears organization is a toxic environment for quarterbacks.
Russell Wilson, Sam Darnold, or whomever else the Bears may want to bring in should be warned.NEXT: Russell Wilson To Chicago Could Still Happen In 2021