Is Fantasy Reality When It Comes to Mitch Trubisky? And Other Bullets

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Is Fantasy Reality When It Comes to Mitch Trubisky? And Other Bullets

Chicago Bears

I haven’t been going out as often as I have in past winters, because I’m trying to keep a low profile to save some funds for my upcoming trip to Las Vegas.

But I couldn’t decline an invitation to catch up with a friend to watch Duke-North Carolina and check out Zion Williamson in a high-profile game. Unfortunately … Williamson was injured less than a minute into the game. Ruh, roh.

Here’s some Bears stuff.

  • Fantasy football stats don’t often vibe with the reality of what’s happening in real games. But in the case of this Mitch Trubisky graphic, there is something that stands out:

  • To be fair, teaming Trubisky’s solid starts and a suffocating defense put the Bears in a position where they were nursing late leads. If your team is trying to salt away games in the fourth quarter, odds are your quarterback isn’t going to be racking up points. As it turns out, Trubisky attempted just 88 passes in the fourth quarter this season, which is 27 fewer than that average number of attempts in the first three quarters. Trubisky still completed 65 percent of his throws, posted a 95.7 passer rating, and limited his turnovers (2.3 INT%). So it’s not like his fourth quarter stats are some sort of harbinger of doom. They’re just something worth noting for the time being.
  • But still … Trubisky being the No. 2 fantasy quarterback in the first quarter and No. 27 in the fourth speaks to at least some variance in his game, doesn’t it? There are times where Trubisky looks the part of the franchise quarterback Bears fans have been dreaming of since forever. Then there are moments when your palm meets your forehead because of disbelief. I won’t put too much stock in fantasy numbers as it relates to who Trubisky is or what he can be, but they provide a different (and lighter) angle in which to discuss Trubisky’s search for consistency.
  • Or maybe I’m just sharing these fourth-quarter fantasy stats in order to drive down his draft stock so he can score all the points for my team in 2019! 😈
  • As for Trubisky’s former backup, this is something that slipped my mind:

  • More cap space! Hooray!
  • So what are the Bears to do with all that extra spending money? Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport believes Chargers safety Adrian Phillips is the ideal free agent target for the Bears this offseason. If the Bears don’t retain Adrian Amos, they’ll need to search elsewhere for a replacement and will probably have to do so while operating under a tight budget. Phillips is coming off a career year in 2018, earning Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors after a 94-tackle season in which he added an interception, forced fumble, nine passes defended, and four tackles-for-loss. That’s not too shabby. Depending on how the Amos situation shakes out, perhaps Phillips is someone we’ll keep an eye on moving forward.
  • We spent a healthy amount of time talking about running backs (both internal and external options) yesterday. And while Le’Veon Bell brings a shiny new thing factor that everyone loves, I found myself nodding in agreement while reading this piece from Mark Talarico at the Chicago Audible suggesting that Jordan Howard should be given an opportunity to prove himself in a contract year. The Bears didn’t get the most out of Howard in 2018, but we didn’t see Howard at his best until the second half of the season. Perhaps Howard will show he has another gear inside of him now that he has a year of experience in this offense.
  • And yet, I can’t shake the idea that there is a missing piece to this puzzle and that it could possibly be had in the upcoming NFL Draft.
  • That’s neat:

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.