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Why Mitch Trubisky Could Be The Next Sophomore Sensation

After struggling for much of his rookie season, the Bears have surrounded Trubisky with the weapons to help him thrive in his second season

When the Bears selected Mitch Trubisky with their first round selection in last year’s draft, they hoped they had solved their quarterback issue for the next decade. 

However, after an underwhelming rookie season, Trubisky has become an afterthought of last year’s quarterback class because of Deshaun Watson’s early success and the hype-train surrounding Patrick Mahomes heading into next season. This narrative surrounding Trubisky may not last for long as the Bears did everything in their power to give Trubisky the help he needs to make him the next sophomore sensation at quarterback. 

While Trubisky’s stats last year weren’t very impressive to the naked eye (182.8 yards per game, 7 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions), he actually was Pro Football Focus’s second-highest graded rookie quarterback with a 75.7 overall grade

It should be noted that PFF’s highest graded QB was Mahomes who started just one game. Therefore they have Trubisky as the highest rookie quarterback who had significant playing time.

This suggests that Trubisky wasn’t nearly as bad as his numbers would indicate. He was also surrounded by an abysmal receiving core, which was led by Kendall Wright who finished the year with just over 600 receiving yards

Trubisky won’t have that same problem going into next year, as the Bears did an excellent job of acquiring skilled position talent, headlined by their big free agent acquisition of Allen Robinson from Jacksonville. 

In 2015, Allen Robinson was 🔥 on 20+ yard passes!

— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 18, 2018

Robinson is coming off of an ACL injury last season, but prior to the injury he was one of the best deep threats in the NFL posting nearly 700 yards from catches over 20 yards in 2015.

The Bears built off this signing by bringing in Trey Burton to be their starting tight end, signing Taylor Gabriel to work in the slot, and capped it off by drafting Anthony Miller in the second round of the draft to round out their potential starting receivers.

This isn’t even taking into account Kevin White’s potential. White is a former top-10 draft pick but has yet to stay healthy for more than a couple games a season. If he is able to stay healthy, which is a big if, the Bears could find themselves with one of the best receiving groups in the league. 

The Bears already had themselves a good running game last year with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen leading the way. They averaged 111.8 yards per game, which was among the top half of the league in rushing. 

Packaging their already existent rushing attack with their new receiving group will make it tough for defenses to stop this offense. 

Chicago will also be working with a new offensive system that is much more quarterback friendly. Matt Nagy will be bringing his offense from Kansas City to the Bears and try to make Trubisky into last year’s version of Alex Smith.

Smith led the league in deep passing yards with 1,344, while Trubisky only threw deep on 9.1 percent of his passes (fifth lowest in the league), but posted a 108.1 passer rating on such throws.

These numbers show Trubisky has the ability to be an effective deep passer in the NFL and this will be utilized much more in Nagy’s system, especially with Allen Robinson on the roster. 

Additionally, Chicago will likely implement a lot of run-pass options, which will help Trubisky get easy completions and get his confidence up. Kansas City was tied with Philadelphia for the most RPO’s run throughout last season. Trubisky only ran RPO’s on 2.7 percent of his plays last year, so there will be a bit of a learning curve. 

The Bears are following the same mold the Rams used last year with Jared Goff. They added as much offensive talent around their young QB as possible and hired an offensive minded coach to help his progression. For the Rams, this resulted in them instantly becoming Super Bowl contenders, which would be the perfect end result for Chicago. 

Trubisky may not have had the best rookie season, but the Bears have done everything they could to help Trubisky be successful heading into next year and it should pay off near future. 

Edited by Jeremy Losak.

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