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Should Bears bench Trubisky? Making argument for — and against — sitting the starting QB.

Colleen Kane, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Football

Trubisky's 1,217 yards this season rank 28th, his 2.3% touchdown percentage is 33rd and his 63% completion percentage is 22nd. One of the best things that can be said of him so far is he has thrown only three interceptions in seven games. But two of them -- against the Packers and Chargers -- came in the fourth quarter of a one-touchdown game that the Bears ultimately lost.

Of the three aforementioned quarterbacks with lower ratings, the 0-8 Bengals benched Dalton for rookie Ryan Finley. Darnold's regression has Jets fans calling for the firing of coach Adam Gase. Ditto for Mayfield, the Browns and coach Freddie Kitchens.

Trubisky's numbers were closer to middle of the road last season, and there should have been a step forward in the offense in Year 2 under coach Matt Nagy. Through half a season, Trubisky's inconsistency has made that leap impossible, and in turn, the Bears' lofty postseason goals are nearing unattainable.

And that should be enough to move on.

Play him: The Bears need to be certain this isn't just a funk Mitch Trubisky can climb out of.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace's reputation, perhaps even his legacy, is directly linked to the night in 2017 when he traded up to draft Trubisky with the No. 2 pick.

 

If the Bears are going to move on from Trubisky -- and a benching would likely be the start of that -- they had better be positive their quarterback won't go elsewhere and become the player Pace once envisioned.

The only way they can be comfortable that won't happen is to continue to test Trubisky the rest of this season, using different strategies on and off the field to get him out of his slump.

Trubisky showed glimpses of promise in 2018 -- 354 passing yards and six touchdowns against the Buccaneers, 355 yards and three touchdowns against the Lions. Sure, those performances were against subpar teams, but the Bears would take one of those showings at any point this year.

Who's to say that's not still in there?

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