Guys, there are 22 questions here that made the cut this week -- I elected to go strictly Bears/NFL and will get back to your Cubs, Political and Lifestyle issues next week ... maybe.
Of the 22 questions, 14 involve Mitch Trubisky and/or the Bears' quarterback position and 8 of them appear to be more complaints about Mitch than serious questions about where he and the Bears are.
I’ve lumped those 8 here at the top for all of you to see how silly this conversation is becoming and will attempt to cover them all in one answer, hope that those folks will stop asking questions just to complain or at least take a break for a few more weeks until the questions are reasonable and we have enough information to actually give meaningful answers, and then I’ll do the best I can for the rest of you.
Where do you think Mitch is amongst NFL qbs.? Is it safe to say he will never be WATSON or Mahomes who pace passed on? So its a bust or bottom 6-9 QBS? I say bust, Right? Submitted by Mitchell John Smith
If Mitch doesn’t improve, does Ryan Pace lose his job? Submitted by Jacob Valdez
When will we know whether or not Mitch is a serviceable quarterback? He is rated at bottom in all stats. Submitted by Richard Cosme
Should the bears draft a quarterback next year, and move on from trubisky?? Submitted by Sox Fan
Hypothetical question: The Bears miss the playoffs this year mostly because of Mitch. What does Ryan Pace do at the QB position in 2020? Submitted by Gucci Frogsplash
Defenses ajusted to Mitches playing style i.e. what he does best & the coaches scheme to an extent. Is it a matter of Mitch having the ability to ajust to making quicker decisions or is it deeper? How long should the Bears wait til the light comes on? Submitted by John Wellington
Is Mitch T a closer comp to Alex Smith or Cade McNown? Submitted by P. K. McNulty
If/when the bears brass admits to Mitch not being a franchise QB, he will be well into his next contract. That said, is that when Pace will get the boot? Submitted by Marty Sus
Mitch Trubisky was a Pro Bowl quarterback last season in just his second season in the league and first full year as a starter.
Yes, he was an alternate and certainly not one of the top 3 QBs in the NFC, and I actually don’t consider alternates to be real Pro Bowlers, nor do I think making the Pro Bowl makes him a great player.
But that fact still has real meaning as to how Trubisky is viewed around the league and around the country in relation to his peers.
So in what alternate universe or reality is it objective analysis to write him off as a bust after just two more games, only one which he was really bad and failed to win?
Trubisky continues to be a work in progress, and based on the way the Bears developed last year in Matt Nagy’s and his offense’s first full year in Chicago, it is going to be at least the bye week and more reasonably midseason until we can form an educated and objective opinion as to where he’s at.
He has shown more than enough traits to believe he can be a very good quarterback, and really nothing to suggest he is doomed to fail.
I was clear on Draft night I thought Deshaun Watson was the better prospect and have never waffled on that, and anyone who claims they knew Pat Mahomes was absolutely going to become Pat Mahomes is lying.
That doesn’t make Trubisky a bust after just 29 games.
Completely irrespective of Trubisky, Ryan Pace said when he arrived in Chicago he’d like to draft a QB every year, and yet in 5 drafts has picked only Trubisky.
Yes, they absolutely should draft a QB next March but not because of where Trubisky is at, but because as the Patriots, Packers and others have proven, it’s really smart player development.
We all felt when Pace traded up for Trubisky they would be forever joined at the hip and if one failed the other could be gone too.
That was before Pace became the NFL’s Executive of the Year, on the strength of bulding the NFL’s best defense and hiring Nagy.
If Trubisky is a bust, Pace will survive it, as he should based on his full body of work.
More importantly he deserves to be the reigning Executive of the Year, so why do so many of you keep assuming he would go down with a sinking Trubisky ship rather than trying to right the situation?
I can assure you Pace and Nagy are constantly evaluating the most important position on their football team and have no intention of riding Trubisky to the unemployemnt line, if in fact that is where he’s taking them, which there is no reason to assume he is yet.
Lastly, for anyone who knows anything about the Cade McNown experience and what’s going on now with Mitch, that’s just a stupid question and not worthy of a response – although I guess I just gave you one anyway.
In my opinion it is 45/55 right now as to whether Trubisky will be the answer at QB for the Bears, and the only reason I’m below 50/50 is because some of the things that come naturally to the great ones don’t appear to for him.
On the other hand, he is an excellent athlete for the position with more than enough arm and clearly has the wrok ethic, competitiveness and leadership qualities to learn enough to at least be very good.
Ask me after the Bears run the gauntlet of Saints, Chargers, Eagles, Lions and Rams in the middle of the schedule and I think it will be fair to offer a thumbs up or thumbs down on Mitch, and I promise I’ll put my name on one or the other.
In the meantime it just feels like too many of you are jumping on the Mitch hate train too early to be able to claim you were right and the Bears were wrong if he fails, and you know nobody will care or probably even remember if you are wrong.
Let it go for a little while guys. It would be a huge mistake to not be concerned right now, but it’s a much bigger mistake to think you can write him off already.
It seems like the past couple of years, defensive players have been targeting QBs' throwing arm, so as not to be penalized. Do you see this as a trend? If enough QBs go down with these types of injuries do you forsee a rule making going after the throwing arm a penalty? Submitted by John Wellington
John, I don’t think defenders are targeting QB’s arms to avoid penalties, they’re trying to strip the football and take it away. It is actually an evolution in some respects of the “Peanut Punch,” and it is a trend that will definitely continue.
The way the league is already trying to protect its quarterbacks with all the impossible subjective judgments the league has already added – did the defender drive him into the ground, did the defender intentionally body slam him, did the defender land on him with his full body weight, etc. – sure, I suppose an arm protection rule could eventually come.
But my hope is the league will wise up and stop making stupid rules that do more to harm the game than help it or protect its players and let these guys get back to playing the game that made the NFL the greatest game in the world.
That claim is in serious jeopardy if we keep seeing silliness like we did on the Leonard Floyd, Eddie Goldman, Bradley Chubb roughing penalties last Sunday, each of which was egregiously ludicrous.
Is it fair to the fans and the defense to not be decisive on the QB position? Submitted by Mike Vander Vliet
Mike, you got singled out from the other Trubisky questions because yours doesn’t even make sense.
How can the Bears be any more decisive than the commitment they’ve made to Trubisky, Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray over the last two seasons?
You may not like the decisions, but I can’t think of anything they could do going all the way back to the trade up to take Mitch at No. 2 that would be more decisive.
A month from now we’ll look back and laugh at all these haters! Why can some QBs do no wrong while others can do no right! If it wasn’t a league rule, I wouldn’t let Mitch give you guys the time of day! Submitted by B. Lodge
B. who is it you don’t want Mitch to give the time of day to? I think the bulk of the media on the beat – not on talk radio or Twitter, which have little or nothing to do with fair and objective analysis – are doing the best we can to report the facts and analyze the results which haven’t been great since the “double doink.”
It’s for the most part the fans that are trying to crucify Trubisky, and there’s no future whatsoever in his turning against them.
There’s room to improve but why does Nagy insist on calling plays that go east-west? That 2-minute drive before the half was horrendous & he needs to improve! Submitted by Rick
Rick, I’m going to have to go back and chart some things now because I haven’t at any point gotten the impression the Bears offense is going East/West all that often?
Every team throws straight screens and bubble screens, flares and swing passes, everyone now has the jet sweep in their playbook and every team wants to establish an outside running game to complement its efforts between the tackles.
I don’t see the Bears doing any of those things more than any other clubs, and they actually do it less than more than a few.
I’m now convinced Bears should work out and possibly sign Kaepernick. Chicago can handle it! Submitted by Pete Butler
Pete, it is mind boggling to me that Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job in the NFL because he is easily better than at least a dozen of the starting QBs in the league right now and better than any backup.
It is confusing enough to make me wonder if it’s possible Kaepernick is making unrealistic demands on the few teams that have looked at him, because I can’t figure out another reason one wouldn’t want him.
Yes, Kaepernick would be a good fit for a lot of what Matt Nagy wants to do, but I’m not sure bringing him in right now with all the pressure that’s already on Trubisky’s shoulders would be a good idea, at least until they’ve decided Mitch might not be the answer.
As for Chicago and Kaepernick, I’ve lived here all my life, I believe it is absolutely the greatest city in the world and I’m certain we’d not only handle Kaepernick, we’d embrace him.
We’d do it because he’s an impressive young man who’s done absolutely nothing to deserve the treatment he’s received from the rest of the league and actually stands for a lot we should all be proud of.
And before any of you accuse me, please don’t try and make this political because I’m not! Whether you like Kaepernick’s beliefs or not, he cannot have possibly made it any clearer that he has absolutely nothing to do with disgracing our flag, our military or our country.
Why don't people in your position criticise teams more for not going for it in fourth down like the math shows they should?
What math says they should? If it exists, which I’m pretty sure it doesn’t, I’d love to see it.
There is math that suggests the odds are better than 50-50 of converting in some situations than others, but I’ve never seen anything that remotely suggests more 4th down attempts convert to more wins.
Why doesn't Green Bay’s defense get any credit for shutting down Trubisky week one? Submitted by Bears fan
Again, where is your question coming from?
I’m hearing a lot of folks give the Packers ‘D’ a ton of credit, to the point where I think they’re probably getting a little too much.
I don’t say that because I don’t think they can be a great defense -- the early signs are that they may be. But just like writing off Mitch Trubisky, it’s too soon.
Studying that tape I can tell you the Packers defense was very good and the Bears offense was awful, a lot of it because the Bears never really tried to run and threw the ball over 75% of the time.
So which was it – the Packer ‘D’ was that good or the Bears ‘O' was that bad?
They did a great job taking the ball away from the Vikings, but the Minnesota offense dominated the last three quarters of that game and Kirk Cousins contributed as much or more to the Packers win as the Pack ‘D’ did.
If I was a Packer fan, I’d be excited about what it looks like that defense can be, but I’d wait a few weeks before counting on how soon it’s going to get there if it ever does.
Why have so many good young quarterbacks struggled in Chicago? Cutler, Rex, Jim Harbaugh. Submitted by Marcus Whitfield
First of all Marcus, how many of them were good young quarterbacks? All were great prospects but all of them were also flawed.
Harbaugh had the best overall career as much because of his great athletic ability and unbelievable competitiveness as his quarterback skills.
Jay and Rex never saw a covered receiver they didn’t think they could squeeze a ball into, and throughout their long careers they let turnovers dictate their legacies.
That said, who did they play for in Chicago?
Mike Ditka may have once been a pass catcher, but as a coach if he could have done nothing but run the ball and play defense, he probably would have, and Lovie Smith was to offense what Matt Nagy is to defense -- those just weren’t/aren’t things the two had a lot of time for.
Let me ask you this – how many Bears quarterbacks, other than Harbaugh, have gone on to being winning QBs elsewhere after they left Chicago?
Of all the QBs who’ve come and gone, which young ones struggled in Chicago and went on to success elsewhere? Would you say Kyle Orton became a success? Is there any other you’d like to throw into the conversation?
As near as I can tell, the answer to your question is, quarterbacks have almost always struggled in Chicago because the franchise has almost always picked the wrong guys.
Maybe this whole thing with Mitch is nothing more than a Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn thing . . . maybe he just need glasses, or contacts??...But, seriously, does he wear lenses? Maybe, it could be that simple!
Honestly I have no idea whether he wears corrective lenses or not, but I can tell you emphatically, no it is not that simple!
When is Alex Smith expected to be back, like possibly next year? Seems like he could be an option if Mitch doesn’t progress. Submitted by Mike Gski
Mike I believe the best hope for Smith from the time of the injury was next season, and some believe his injury is career threatening.
That said, he will be 36 next season and could possibly have a couple seasons at near his prime and would of course be a perfect fit for Nagy and company if they were ready to quit on Mitch, or wanted him to take a step back and learn from a master of Nagy’s scheme.
But it all seems very unlikely based on Smith’s health and the direction the Bears are headed right now.
If Smith were to be released and he wanted to take Chase Daniel money, that would make great sense, but right now he is belongs to Washington.
Hey Hub was wondering now that the bears are going to play a defense giving up some passing yards will Matt finally open up the playbook?? I feel he has been afraid to let Mitch go for some chunk plays and every defense can sense this. Submitted by Dave Dinger
Dave, I don’t know that he’s been afraid to let Trubisky do anything -- he did throw the ball 75-percent-plus of the time vs. the Packers -- but yes, the Washington defense does appear to lend itself to Nagy going deeper into the playbook and deeper down the field.
The word of caution of course is that while they’re 31st vs. the pass through two weeks, Josh Norman and Landon Collins are both former All Pros who haven’t yet played up to that level in Washington.
I’m guessing they do even more to try and establish David Montgomery early Monday night, and then open up quite a bit if they can force Washington to respect the RB between the tackles.
Hub, with all the back up QB's being pressed into service, who do you feel has the best chance to succeed? Submitted by Big Red
Red, both Teddy Bridgewater and Mason Rudolph are more than just backups the Saints and Steelers hope can hold down the fort for a few games with the starters hurt, they are there to be the heir apparent at their positions and should be ready to step in and go right away.
I loved Rudolph out of Oklahoma St. last year and actually had him rated ahead of Josh Rosen and Josh Allen, he played well in relief of Roethlisberger a few times last year and looked very effective in relief last week.
Bridgewater, I don’t trust quite as much because he doesn’t have all the tools you see in Rudolph and want in a franchise QB, but then neither does Drew Brees and that still worked out pretty well for him with Sean Payton.
I think both will compete but Rudolph has the best chance of any of the backups now starting to convince his bosses his time is now and perhaps Big Ben should be Wally Pipped.
Who do you think gets Jalen Ramsey? Submitted by Brandon Moss
Brandon, Ramsey is the most talented cornerback in the game today, but he’s a handful in the locke rroom and off the field. Not all the logical suitors are going to be all-in on him and the early word is the jaguars are looking for an unrealistic return for the former No. 5 overall pick.
What the Dolphins did to the Texans for Laremy Tunsil was larceny and unlikely to happen again, and the teams most likely to pay dearly for Ramsey are contenders – Chiefs, Rams, Eagles, Seahawks, Chargers, maybe Pats -- and all those first-round picks could be barely better than high twos.
That said, I’d think the Chiefs and Eagles could be the most likely suspects.
I’ll take a W over an L any day! After the 12 men in the huddle penalty with 0:09 seconds left, why wasn’t there a 10 second run-off? Submitted by Rick
Good question Rick, the answer is there was no runoff because the clock was already stopped by the dropped pass by Tarik Cohen on the previous play. There is only a 10- second runoff when the penalty results in stopping a moving clock. The offending team then has a choice of using a remaining timeout or accepting the runoff. Had the clock been running, the Bears would have had no choice but to use their last timeout and then would not have been able to stop the clock again to attempt the winning kick, but fortunately the incompletion on the prior play saved them.
Sometimes you’d rather be lucky and good, or just lucky if you’re not both.