Embrace the Adequate: Redshirt success

Cole Sheeks, Sports Editor

Cole Sheeks, Sports Editor

By Cole Sheeks, Sports Editor

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After a season filled with failure and months of speculation, the Chicago Bears finally made their selections in the NFL Draft.

Following what has been called a questionable trade to move ahead of San Francisco in the first round, the Bears came away with their new face of the franchise, Mitchell Trubisky a QB from North Carolina who threw 30 touchdown passes against only six interceptions last fall.

Whatever your feelings are about the trade and whether or not it actually enabled the Bears to draft their quarterback, Trubisky offers Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains seemingly endless amounts of arm strength and surprising mobility for a player of his size. The 22-year old passer has instantly become one of the most physically talented quarterbacks in team history.

However, having only started 13 games during his time playing in the ACC, what Trubisky also brings to the Bears is a concerning lack of experience.

While at North Carolina, Trubisky led an offense that did not require him to take snaps from under center, called for him to make simplified reads from a spread formation, and featured a variety of run/pass option plays that were not in Loggains playbook last season.

Trubisky is not prepared to lead an NFL offense and will likely suffer growing pains in any playing time he receives this season.

These conflicting ideas are the reasons why, despite the controversy surrounding the signing of free agent quarterback Mike Glennon earlier this offseason, the Bears are set up nicely heading into next season with both passers on the roster.

After decades of tradition involving teams keeping rookie quarterbacks on the bench, recent struggling NFL teams have developed the habit of throwing their rookie signal callers into the fire and giving them the responsibility to carry bad offenses out of the cellar and into the postseason with little to no time to learn an offense and how life in the NFL works.

This change in philosophy has met mixed results at best, yet it has become the standard league-wide with the Rams, Eagles and Cowboys all starting rookies at quarterback last season. For every Dak Prescott, there are a bunch of David Carr’s.

Fans were initially confused by the Bears move to draft Trubisky since it appeared to contrast with the message the team had sent to their fans when they handed out their three-year, $45 million contract to Glennon and suggested that he would help the team win next season.

 

While they will have to adjust their expectations for Trubisky and show patience, a competent quarterback ahead of their new rookie could be exactly what the Bears need in order to develop the homegrown star their offense has been looking for in order to compete with their neighbors to the north.

And if I recall correctly, the Packers current quarterback faced his own waiting period after he arrived in the NFL.