Mitch Trubisky has been laying low. The fourth-year quarterback for the Chicago Bears has been quiet on social media, but he spoke to reporters via Zoom for the first time in 2020 on Friday. He came out with a fire and confidence we haven’t seen from him before, and he wants everyone to know that this is still his team.
“It was kind of interesting to me. That’s the business we’re in. I think I was pissed off in a good way. I’ve been motivated ever since,” Trubisky said when asked how he felt when the team traded for veteran quarterback Nick Foles earlier this year. Foles has experience in Matt Nagy’s system, and he is a Super Bowl winner, but the Bears’ former second-overall pick isn’t backing down.
Trubisky also said that despite the addition of Foles, he still feels as though he’s the leader of this football team, and had no problem putting that sentiment out there.
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Trubisky Wasn’t Surprised Bears Neglected to Pick Up His Fifth-Year Option
Trubisky spoke with both a fire and an honesty that almost felt refreshing to hear. The Bears declined to pick up Trubisky’s fifth-year option last month, a move a very open and candid Trubisky says he saw coming due to his inconsistent play last season. Trubisky was one of the more productive rushing quarterbacks in the NFL in 2018, but last season, that changed. He had a career-low 193 yards rushing in 2019, and he didn’t look the same after partially tearing his labrum against the Vikings Week 4.
Still, Trubisky thinks he has a distinct advantage over Foles, and it lies in the uniqueness of this shortened preseason and his knowledge of the receivers. “I think because it’s a small sample size, the advantage goes to me,” he said. “At the end of the day, it comes down to on-field performance. We both know that. Our coaches know that. Our teammates know that,” Trubisky noted.
With rumors circulating the upcoming preseason will be two games instead of four, Trubisky and Foles will both have limited opportunities to show why they should be leading the team. Trubisky has been taking a great deal of initiative this offseason, recently organizing workouts with some of the Bears’ key offensive players, including Allen Robinson, Tarik Cohen, David Montgomery and Demetrius Harris.
Trubisky Ends Session With Passionate Declaration
Regardless of Bears’ fans opinions of the 25-year-old quarterback, they have to admire the way he’s coming out swinging while displaying a bit of attitude and fight when it comes to his battle with Foles. Trubisky also expressed a desire to make up for the team’s disappointing 8-8 season. “I’ve been motivated since our season ended last year. It didn’t end the way we wanted it to and we left a lot out there.”
Trubisky then made one final declaration. “I’m going to play my heart and soul out for this team,” he said.