Mitch Trubisky’s appearance on Wednesday’s injury report as a limited participant came as a surprise, albeit a welcome one. But it also came with a sense of mystery and intrigue. After all, it doesn’t get much vaguer than describing a player’s practice participation as limited. That could mean almost anything! And then, of course, we heard rumblings that Chase Daniel might be starting this Sunday and it was all quite confusing.
That said, Head Coach Matt Nagy was able to provide some clarity to Trubisky’s situation, even if it’s not particularly great news:
Matt Nagy says Mitchell Trubisky did not throw Wednesday while being limited in practice and it will likely be the same case today.
— Larry Mayer (@LarryMayer) November 29, 2018
Trubisky not throwing at practice yesterday tells us everything we need to know about his health status. Since being able to throw is a main component of a quarterback’s game, expect Trubisky to continue to be limited in practices for the time being. He will continue to participate in team drills in a limited capacity, but throwing the ball is a hurdle the second-year signal caller still has to clear before we start feeling great about this situation.
So what does Trubisky have to say about all of this? Well, check it out for yourself:
“I’m feeling good, that’s the important thing and I’m just excited for where this football team is at.”
Mitchell Trubisky meets with the media for the first time since injuring his right shoulder. pic.twitter.com/eMnDr1HEfx
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 29, 2018
That was … a lot of question dodging, understandable as it is.
Trubisky offers up his perspective and feelings on his situation, saying all the right things like he feels good and is getting closer and what not. But when asked whether or not he felt he could throw, Trubisky’s side-stepping of the question was as impressive as his on-field elusiveness has been:
“Uhhh … I feel good, I feel good. I’m definitely not worried about it. And the good news is that it’s not something that isn’t going to prevent me in the long term. We’re just making sure it’s right, 110 percent, and when I can come back I’ll be what this offense and this team needs me to be.”
Well, then. That about sums it up, doesn’t it? Trubisky is feeling better, but not to the point where he can throw. But because it’s not a long-term injury, he’ll continue to do what is needed to get his arm back into throwing shape.
As it stands, Chase Daniel will continue to play the role of QB1 for the time being. Daniel played admirably in Week 12 against the Lions and his knowledge of Nagy’s scheme appeared to pay off in the career backup making winning plays in what turned out to be a one-score win. It was impressive to see Daniel command the offense on short notice, in a week with a quick turnaround, and without the benefit of a week of practice reps with the first unit. I almost wonder if we should raise the level of our expectations just a smidge.
Take a step back and chew on this for a moment. If Daniel can complete more than 70 percent of his passes, throw for 230 yards, and toss a pair of touchdowns without much prep time (like he did last week), it’s fair to wonder what he can do with ample time to get ready and a full set of practice reps with the first-unit offense.
This isn’t to suggest Daniel is going to channel the ghosts of Kurt Warner and start setting fire to the league. But so much of a player’s success in this league can be driven by knowledge and preparation, it’s only natural to wonder how much that can help a player who hasn’t received those opportunities because there were no reps to be had for a backup (Michael: The Giants will get more time to prepare for Daniel, specifically, as well, but Luis’ point is well taken).
In any case, we’ll continue to monitor Trubisky’s activities as best we can. Because as long as he’s not throwing in practice, the more likely it is we’ll see Daniel throwing on game day.