Fresh off being installed as the Chicago Bears’ new starting quarterback, Mitch Trubisky completed his first task as QB1 by meeting with the assembled media at Halas Hall.
Therein, Trubisky tackled a handful of topics in his first press conference as the team’s starter, and here are the highlights (alongside some thoughts of my own):
- If there’s any pressure in being the franchise quarterback for a team that has struggled to find one, Trubisky isn’t feeling it. “Pressure only appears when you’re not prepared for something,” said Trubisky, who also added he feels like he’s ready for the job at hand.
- So what does that entail? Trubisky mentioned the concept of getting the ball to playmakers, which is something that hasn’t happened often or consistently enough in the first four weeks. “My job is to get the ball to the playmakers,” Trubisky said. “Just be a distributor.”
- If you had flashbacks to the Jay Cutler era when Trubisky said he had a gunslinger mentality, you’re not alone. Hopefully, that mentality isn’t as reckless at Cutler’s was … but hopefully it can be a little more entertaining.
- The hype behind Trubisky has been slowly building since offseason training activities, through mini-camps, training camp, and the preseason. It hit a fevered pitch after a 1-3 start, but Trubisky says he isn’t letting it impact how he goes about his business. “I don’t pay much attention to it,” Trubisky said. “It comes with the territory.”
- Trubisky has spent the last four weeks learning behind Mike Glennon as the backup quarterback, taking on responsibilities such as running the scout team to further his development. For now, those days are over. Head coach John Fox said while there were only a few occasions in which Trubisky took practice snaps with the first team, Trubisky will get the full load moving forward.
- Despite taking Glennon’s job, Trubisky was quite complimentary of the former Bears starter. “I can’t say enough good things about Mike [Glennon] throughout this whole process … I’ve learned so much from him.”
- To his credit, Glennon was commended for his professionalism, accountability, and how he carried himself from everyone ranging from his head coach, to fellow quarterbacks, to teammates. While you don’t want the poor decision-making on turnovers to rub off on Trubisky, there were definitely some positives to take away from this experience.
- Of course, Trubisky didn’t stop there when it came to lobbing kind words on the other quarterbacks in the room. Trubisky showered the team’s veteran quarterbacks with praise: “I wouldn’t be where I am without Mike Glennon or Mark Sanchez.”
- For the second straight year, Sanchez is being lauded for his contributions in a leadership role. Things didn’t pan out for Sanchez as a top-10 pick, but he seems to have found his calling and comfort zone as a backup.
- You can check out Trubisky’s press conference in its entirety here:
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