After trading up into the second overall pick, the Chicago Bears selected North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky. With the pick, Trubisky becomes the first UNC quarterback taken in the first round, and is tied for the highest a Tar Heel has been selected.
In the days following the draft, the coverage is almost always about the teams and how well they did in selecting players. While there are probably some UNC/Chicago fans out there, for the most part, Trubisky will be the only Bear that Tar Heel fans will care about. With that in mind, how does Trubisky’s new home fit him?
The 2017 season will be coach John Fox’s third season as Bears head coach. They’ve combined to win just nine games in the first two seasons but are in the middle of a rebuild. They haven’t finished with a winning record since 2012 and haven’t been to the the playoffs since 2010.
The offensive coordinator Trubisky will be working with is Dowell Loggains. The upcoming season will be Loggains’ third year in Chicago, but second as offensive coordinator. Despite the lack of team success, the offense didn’t have much trouble putting up yardage last year. They were solidly middle of the pack in terms of yards per game, finishing 15th best in the NFL.
The problem seemed more to be scoring, as they only averaged just over 17 points per game and surpassed 25 just twice. Trubisky was, for the most part, pretty good at not turning the ball over. If he fits into the offense, his accuracy may be something that helps the Bears covert those yards into points more often.
Trubisky and the Bears will not have the services of Pro Bowl wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in the offseason. The Bears’ leading receiver last season was Cameron Meredith. The former undrafted free agent caught 66 passes for nearly 900 yards and four touchdowns. Another notable name in Chicago’s receiving core is former first round pick Kendall Wright, who was signed to a one-year contract in the offseason.
In terms pure sack totals, the Bears had one of the better offensive lines last season when they only allowed 28 sacks all year. Only six teams allowed fewer in 2016. Obviously, that is only part of the story when it comes to offensive line play though. All but two players from that offensive line will return in 2017.
Of course, Chicago’s 2017 roster construction may not matter all that much for Trubisky. The ideal scenario is probably for Mike Glennon to play at least one season as the Bears’ starter. The former NC State quarterback signed a three-year deal in the offseason.
Even the biggest Trubisky fans out there probably will admit it’s not the best idea for someone with 13 college starts to play right away in the NFL. With Glennon, hopefully there might be some time for Trubisky to develop before being pressed into action. However, he is Mike Glennon, so who knows.
Just having a quarterback selected second overall is a good thing for the Carolina program. Hopefully, the Bears are the right spot for Trubisky to become a shining light for the Tar Heels in the NFL for years to come.