CHICAGO - Don't be angry with Mitch Trubisky. It's the wrong emotion. Disappointed? Sure. Unfulfilled? Totally fair. But angry? Nah, that's misguided. It's misdirected energy.
Trubisky's benching Sunday in Atlanta became an official demotion Monday. Matt Nagy told his quarterbacks first, then shared the news with the world.
Nick Foles will start Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field. He is the Chicago Bears' QB1 going forward, while Trubisky becomes the understudy. And with that, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2017 draft is now No. 2 on the Bears depth' chart, left to process his fate and plan his response.
On many levels, it's a disheartening development. For Trubisky. For the Bears. For a football-crazed city that has waited forever on a championship-caliber starting quarterback but now must watch anxiously as the reset button gets pressed. Again.
This wasn't how things were supposed to go. Not when the Bears had their golden opportunity to draft a quarterback in the top 5 three years ago. General manager Ryan Pace traded up from No. 3 to No. 2 because he was that certain about Trubisky's bright NFL future. Pace had conviction that Trubisky would be better than Deshaun Watson and more productive than Patrick Mahomes.
When that draft-night marriage to Trubisky became official, the vision at Halas Hall was for the new young quarterback to develop into a star, to become the fuel source for a run of excellence that could last a decade or longer.
Instead, the Bears pulled the plug on Trubisky in the middle of the third game of his fourth season.
Pace's vision never included that. Nor did it project stretches of maddening inconsistency or lapses in confidence or a 2019 regression in which the Bears offense deteriorated into one of the league's worst.
And despite being given a chance to redeem himself this season - even winning his first two starts - Trubisky's familiar flaws just kept popping up.
Overthrown touchdown passes. Poor decisions. Not enough big plays. Too many missed opportunities.