A significant segment of Bears Nation began jonesing over Garoppolo as far back as his junior year at Eastern, and what will never be forgotten is that while Garoppolo was by far the better college player, his price tag was so much lower than Trubisky’s.
Garoppolo was already a Patriot when Ryan Pace arrived in Chicago, so Pace clearly bares no responsibility for that.
But rumors were rampant that Garoppolo would be dealt prior to the draft in which the Bears took Trubisky. Though the trade didn’t come until six months later, the fact that Trubisky cost the second overall pick in the draft, two third-round picks and a fourth-, while the 49ers pried Garoppolo loose for one second-round pick — which will be either 33, 34 or 35 next April — is going to stick in Bears fans craws forever unless Trubisky clearly becomes the superior player.
It seems certain the Pats would have taken the third pick in the first round this year for Garoppolo, and even likely they would have taken this year’s 35th pick along with a 2018 second-rounder, as well.
The Bears almost certainly could have had Garoppolo a lot cheaper than they got Trubisky, and that really isn’t 20/20 hindsight.
While both are rebuilding, the Bears are clearly at least a year ahead of the 49ers, and even with their laundry list of injuries are more talented. Plus, they’re at home, so of course they should be the favorites.
But as much as I hate to say it, and as unfair as it is to Trubisky, the real story of Sunday’s game is which quarterback will be the fans’ favorite at the end of the day, and a bunch of folks in the Bears front office really hope it’s the one in navy and orange.