The Mitchell Trubisky Illusion? Is the Bears Quarterback Really Back to his Best?

January 3, 2021 9:31 pm

All seemed over for Mitchell Trubisky after he was benched in the Week 3 11-19 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy later announced that Trubisky was demoted to second-choice behind Super Bowl-winning QB Nick Foles. The veteran shot-caller went on to lead the Bears to two consecutive wins in the next two weeks.

However, Foles faltered over the next few weeks failing to win the next four games as a starter. So Mitch was brought back in after Foles suffered an injury against the loss to the Minnesota Vikings. After losing to the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, the Bears are unbeaten in their last three games. A lot has to do with some improved displays from Mitchell Trubisky.

But one begs to differ, is this all but an illusion?

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Can Mitchell Trubisky be the unlikely hero for the Chicago Bears?

As we gear up for a heated Packers-Bears game on Sunday, let’s look at the resurgence of young Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Matt Nagy’s boys made their way to three consecutive wins beating the Texans, Vikings and the Jaguars in succession. They are currently on an 8-7 record and remain in the mix for a spot in the NFL playoffs.

Along with the Bears defense, Trubisky has also earned plaudits for his displays in the last three weeks. But how legitimate are his ‘redemption’ stories?

Dec 27, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Joe Schobert (47) strips the ball from Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) during the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The 26-year old has thrown six passing TDs against two interceptions in the last two games. But if you look at the opponents, you understand exactly why Trubisky and Co. have been dominant. Barring Deshaun Watson-led Texans, the Jaguars and Vikings have underwhelmed most season.

How Trubisky fares on Sunday against the Bears’ eternal rivals, Green Bay Packers, will spell out his future in Chicago. With Nick Foles lurking in the shadows, Trubisky needs one ‘big game’ to seal down a spot as the first-choice starter. No guts, no glory. No legend, no story.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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