CHICAGO -- Mitch Trubisky still has his job as Bears starting quarterback, and with that power, he has a request for those working around the freshly remodeled Halas Hall.
Could they please turn off all the flat screens airing nonstop analysis of why the 2019 Bears have utterly failed to meet expectations?
The statement, given at Trubisky's weekly news conference, was immediately mocked on social media. Doesn't he know how to turn off a TV? But that kind of proved his point. He was, after all, answering a question about how he tunes out the outside negativity.
"You've got too many people talking on TV about us and what they think about us -- what we should do, what we are and what we're not," Trubisky said. "But they don't really know who we are or what we're capable of as people or what we're going through or what we're thinking. It's just the outside viewers looking in."
It's hard to blame Trubisky -- for that, at least. With each of the Bears' last three losses, the criticism of him and the calls for his job have grown.
The Bears haven't given any indication they have considered sitting Trubisky in favor of backup Chase Daniel. But that hasn't stopped fans and critics from discussing whether a quarterback change is needed.
In honor of the demise of TV at Halas Hall, here's a good old-fashioned debate about whether the Bears should bench Trubisky.
(Now would be a good time for Trubisky to tune out.)
Bench him: The sample size is big enough. The stats tell who Mitch Trubisky is.
Through 33 career games, Trubisky has a passer rating of 86. His rating of 80 this season ranks 30th among qualifiers, ahead of only Andy Dalton, Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold, according to Pro Football Reference.