Sports fans inevitably love comparisons; since there have been so many decades of NFL action, it’s only natural that disagreements emerge. Was Joe Montana or Tom Brady, for example, a better big-game quarterback? If you needed to win one game, would you want Bill Belichick or Don Shula on the sidelines? One modern quarterback, however, can’t escape an unfavorable comparison; Mitchell Trubisky will always be quarterback who went before Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson in the 2017 NFL drat.
The Chicago Bears signal-caller, however, isn’t too concerned about those comparisons. At this point, something else is on his mind.
Mitchell Trubisky and the class of 20017
The Chicago Bears finished the 2016-17 season 3-13 thanks in large part to issues under center. Veteran quarterback Jay Cutler suffered multiple injuries throughout the year, meaning that Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley had to do the yeoman’s work.
When draft day rolled around, the Bears set out to ensure they got the right man to run the offense. They traded the third-overall pick and three later picks to move up to the second-overall spot; once there, they selected Mitchell Trubisky as their new franchise quarterback. While the Bears did reach the playoffs in 2018, fans have been left wondering what could have been.
On that fateful evening in 2017, Chicago traded picks to select an inexperienced Trubisky second overall. The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans also moved up in the draft order to snag new quarterbacks; the former club took Patrick Mahomes in the 10th spot, while the latter landed Deshaun Watson in the 12th spot. In hindsight, the Bears completely whiffed, actively spending assets to end up with the worst QB of the three.
Facing inevitable quarterback comparisons
As the quarterback of a struggling team, Mitchell Trubisky is no stranger to facing the music. With a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on the cards, the quarterback has been facing inevitable comparisons to Patrick Mahomes. The Chicago signal-caller, however, isn’t too concerned with anyone besides himself.
“The comparisons are out there and they are never going to stop,” Trubisky explained. “It’s kind of me, Pat and Deshaun are kind of all grouped together because we are in the same draft class, drafted in the first round and all that. But there are no do-overs. We are where we are.”
“Our careers are going in different paths and they will for the rest of time and they’ll be compared against each other,” the quarterback continued. “It’s just the nature of the beast, but I’m in competition with myself and just trying to be the best version of me and go out there and win games for the Chicago Bears. It’s just something that I can’t control. It is what it is. But two good guys to be compared to. Hopefully, we just keep getting better and help the league.”
Will Mitchell Trubisky ever compare to Patrick Mahomes?
Based on what we’ve seen since the 2017 Draft, it’s safe to say Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson are simply better NFL quarterbacks than Mitchell Trubisky. At this point, however, it’s not about comparisons; it’s about getting the Chicago Bears organization and the young quarterback on the right track.
Unfortunately, that means a separation could be on the cards. This offseason, the Bears could land an experienced quarterback; given the strength of their defense, some stability under center might be all they need. As for Trubisky, a change of scenery—and a decent supporting cast— could give him the chance to take a step back and play without the pressure of a franchise savior.