Bears rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky ready to take starting role
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky thinks he can handle the pressure of his first NFL start Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.
“You only get nervous or feel pressure when you're not prepared for the situation or where you don't know what you're doing,” Trubisky said.
The Bears went into training camp insisting Mike Glennon was their starting quarterback, but a 1-3 record and eight turnovers led to a reversal.
And it's Trubisky Time in Chicago, as the Bears become the latest NFL team to throw a young quarterback into the mix.
“I think he's got a good mindset. I think he's got a good, natural feel,” Bears coach John Fox said of Trubisky. “I think he's done a good job up to this point. I think he'll continue to do well moving forward.”
At the beginning of training camp, Fox and general manager Ryan Pace were saying something entirely different about Trubisky's readiness. They insisted the starter was Glennon, who signed a three-year free-agent contract with $18 million guaranteed.
But Glennon played himself out of the lineup, and it's Trubisky's turn to show what the second pick in this year's draft can do.
Glennon was 93 for 140 with four TDs and five interceptions. He had a passer rating of 76.9. He threw a key interception to give the Steelers a chance to tie it in the fourth quarter before the Bears won in overtime 23-17. In his two losses, Glennon committed seven turnovers.
During the preseason, Trubisky went 36 of 53 for 364 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
“I can't say enough good things about Mike throughout this whole process,” Trubisky said. “Really, from Day 1, he's taken me in, accepted me and made me a part of the quarterback room.”
Trubisky's mobility had a lot to do with the change. He showed a knack in preseason for moving in the pocket and also outside of it before throwing. His style is in contrast to Glennon's.
Trubisky found out about the change Sunday night from Fox, and the announcement was made by the Bears on Monday. Trubisky has already seen what some of the young quarterbacks selected this year are capable of, including Houston's Deshaun Watson, who led a 57-14 victory Sunday over Tennessee.
“We're in an era where young quarterbacks are expected to come in and produce right away like veterans have, so it's a little bit different,” Trubisky said. “But I just think the types of people and players there are coming out (in the draft), they're able to handle it.”