With Super Bowl expectations heavy on their minds, the Chicago Bears will begin preparations in earnest for the 2019 season this week when they report to Bourbonnais for training camp.
As the team arrives in the Chicago suburb, we’re taking a look at 10 of the players that will have the biggest impact on the Bears’ fortunes in the coming year, and today we’re focusing on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
How 2018 Went for Trubisky:
In his second season as the team's quarterback, Trubisky thrived under head coach Matt Nagy, completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 3,223 yards and 24 touchdowns. His interception rate did increase slightly, but he threw for nearly 50 yards per game more than in his rookie season, and he bumped his QBR from 31.6 to 72.8.
Trubisky also threw for 303 yards and a touchdown in the team's NFC Wild Card Game against Philadelphia Eagles.
The Biggest Question He’ll Face:
As Trubisky enters his second year in Nagy's system, the spotlight will shine directly on the quarterback as he looks to take a big step forward in his development as an NFL quarterback.
Trubisky will need to prove that his accuracy will continue to improve, that his decisionmaking will become faster, and that he can help the Bears win games not just by getting them into field goal range, but by scoring late touchdowns in clutch situations.
He showed flashes of that ability in 2018, throwing five fourth-quarter touchdowns against only two interceptions, but when the chips are down and Trubisky has to come up with a great drive in crunch time to win a game for the Bears, can he do it?
That is the question he'll be looking to answer, and as a third-year quarterback, it is certainly a step that he'll need to take in his development.
Our prediction is that Trubisky's numbers will improve to some degree, getting up to 30 touchdowns, but he also needs to take a step up in his accuracy. Completing two out of every three passes was good enough to land him as the 14th-most accurate quarterback in the league last year, but he'll need to improve on that number if he's going to reach a higher level of effectiveness.
For more on our examination of the 10 Bears players to watch this season:
7/31 - Linebacker Khalil Mack
7/27 - Offensive lineman Kyle Long
7/26 - Safety Eddie Jackson
7/25 - Wide receiver Anthony Miller
7/25 - Defensive end Akiem Hicks
7/24 – Cornerback Kyle Fuller
7/24 – Tight end Trey Burton