The writing on the wall regarding Mitchell Trubisky’s future was scribbled last spring.
Between the Bears’ involvement with free agent quarterbacks here, there, and everywhere, their ultimate trade for Nick Foles, and conclusion that they wouldn’t pick up the fifth-year option on Trubisky’s rookie deal, it was less of an if and more like a when would Trubisky play his final game with the franchise. Signing Andy Dalton a year later only serves as the latest – and final – data point essentially confirming the end of the Mitchell Trubisky era in Chicago.
So, what’s next? Well, Mike Garafolo lays it out on Trubisky’s behalf:
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 17, 2021
Emphasis mine on the block quote:
Trubisky is looking for a chance to kinda reset his career. And one of the things he talked about late last year was some of the things he was raising to the Bears coaching staff as far as game planning and scheme, they were finally doing. … What Trubisky is looking for is a scheme that better fits him than what he was running the last couple of years in Chicago.
On the one hand, it’s pretty bold for Trubisky to request anything at this point. But on the other hand, I understand where he’s coming from when it comes to his next stop. The last three years showed that he wasn’t a scheme fit with what Matt Nagy was running. Maybe that’s a roundabout way of saying Trubisky still has growth to make as a passer. Specifically, when it comes to reading defenses and coverages. Perhaps it’s a more polite way to say Trubisky is at his best when he simply plays reactionary football. A scheme that allows his athleticism to take over after making one read. In any case, Trubisky 2.0 has come to grips with the reality that is he needs a landing spot that can highlight his features. And to that end, Mike Garafolo offers up Denver and San Francisco as possibilities.
Those two teams were reportedly kicking the tires on Andy Dalton. That’s interesting.
Ideally, Trubisky lands somewhere that puts the Bears in a spot to collect a compensatory draft pick in 2022. In the meantime, maybe Nagy and friends should re-consider their scheme to fit the quarterback taking the snaps moving forward.