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Mitchell Trubisky Is Bad, but Jared Goff Isn’t Really Any Better

One of the major talking points on every sports show this season has been how bad Mitchell Trubisky is. Media personalities have lambasted the Chicago Bears for continuing to start Trubisky instead of benching him in favor of the team’s backup, Chase Daniel. Everyone from Colin Kaepernick to Tom Brady has been rumored as a potential replacement for the struggling quarterback in Chicago.

Mitchell Trubisky deserves his fair share of criticism for the Bears’ 4-5 start this season. But his Sunday Night Football opponent in Week 11, Jared Goff, deserves a lot more national disdain than he has received through the first nine games of the Los Angeles Rams’ 5-4 season. Here’s a look at the two disappointing seasons side-by-side.

Jared Goff actually has a lower rating than Mitchell Trubisky

Mitchell Trubisky has regressed in his third season with the Chicago Bears
Mitchell Trubisky has regressed in his third season with the Chicago Bears | Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Through his first eight games in 2019, Mitchell Trubisky has only thrown 239 passes for 1,390 yards and eight touchdowns. Jared Goff has, by comparison, thrown 335 passes in nine games for 2,610 yards.

Having more passing yards is about the only stat that really separates Goff from Trubisky. Goff has thrown 11 touchdown passes this season, only three more than Trubisky despite entering their matchup with 96 more pass attempts on the season and a much more dynamic offense. Jared Goff has nine interceptions to Mitchell Trubisky’s three, and he ranks 29th in the NFL in completion percentage at 60.3% while Trubisky ranks 20th at 63.6%.

Mitchell Trubisky has a passer rating of 85.2, which is 2.5 points higher than Jared Goff’s passer rating of 82.7.

Goff is getting paid a whole lot more money

Jared Goff reacting to one of his many, many interceptions
Jared Goff reacting to one of his many, many interceptions | Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Despite his overwhelmingly mediocre numbers this season, Trubisky is actually a decent value at his current price. The 25-year-old is making $7.9 million this season, which puts his salary in 2019 at 22nd in the league, probably about where he belongs performance-wise.

Jared Goff is only making $10.6 million this season, so like Mitchell Trubisky, he’s getting paid around what he’s worth this season. But when you look at the big picture, things get a whole lot worse for the Rams.

Los Angeles signed Jared Goff to a 4-year, $134 million extension before the season began. $110 million of that contract is fully guaranteed; his cap hit will skyrocket up to $36 million next season.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Trubisky will be on the final year of his rookie contract next season, at a modest cap hit of $9.2 million. Both of these quarterbacks have been below-average in 2019, but only one of them is getting paid like a below-average quarterback.

Looking to the future

It was only last season that Trubisky had a solid sophomore campaign, completing 66.6% of his passes for 3,223 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He deserves some of the blame for his regression this season, but coach Matt Nagy deserves his share, too. Mitchell Trubisky will never be Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson (two players Chicago remarkably drafted Trubisky ahead of), but he could still potentially find new life in a different system someday.

Sean McVay is stuck with Jared Goff. Goff was brilliant in his first season and a half under McVay, but dating back to last season, he’s got an incredibly weak 17-to-16 touchdown-to-interception ratio over his last 16 games.

Perhaps Jared Goff will eventually figure it out and reach his potential. But he’s getting paid like a guy who already has.