One of my biggest fears during my school years was getting a sub-par grade in a group project because someone else didn’t put in the same amount of time and effort that I did. But because I surrounded myself with good people more often than not, those fears didn’t manifest often. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case for Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
NFL.com’s Ali Bhanpuri sent out re-grades for first-round picks of the 2017 NFL Draft, and while Trubisky earned a passing grade, it could have been better. Bhanpuri gives Trubisky a “B-” on the re-grade, because through all the maddening inconsistencies, Trubisky is still coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he threw for more than 3,200 yards, tacked on 400+ ground yards, and accounted for 28 touchdowns.
But all things considered, Trubisky was pretty good. Better than a B-, even. So what kept him from getting an “A” grade?
Sigh. You already know where this is going, don’t you?
“And let’s not forget that he did drive the Bears down the field and into position to kick a game-winning field goal agains the Eagles in the 2018 Wild Card Round. If only 43-yard boots were in his repertoire, there’d be an “A” up there.” ARGH!
Why Trubisky is punished for things that he can’t control? Help me, please. I’m struggling to grasp this concept.
To be fair, there isn’t anything to gripe about when it comes to Trubisky earning a “B-” grade because it feels accurate. Because even though Trubisky has a Pro Bowl berth under his belt and a slew of highlights that make it easy to dream on a bright future, he still has frustrating moments where misread defenses and missed throws cause the Bears offense to sputter out. Even still, to take Trubisky’s grade down a notch because of something he had no control over is ridiculous.
I suppose that if there is a silver lining here, it’s that Trubisky has otherwise done enough to earn enough respect to get a passing grade as he enters Year 3 of his professional career. Better days are on the horizon. But if Trubisky is going to be judged down the line because of what his kicker can or cannot do, it might be rough sledding for a team whose kicker might be in someone else’s camp as we speak.