No, this isn’t a case of mistaken identity. It also isn’t a Finkle is Einhorn, Einhorn is Finkle type of situation. What this is, is a cloak and dagger type of thing, with Mitchell Trubisky, the Chicago Bears rookie quarterback, using an alias when he secretly met with Bears’ brass for a mid-March meeting.
Back then, Trubisky was an NFL hopeful going through the pre-draft process, meeting and working out with a number of teams, but Chicago general manager Ryan Pace wanted their meeting on the down-low.
According to an outstanding article written by the Chicago Tribune’s Dan Wiederer, Pace tasked Trubiusky with making top secret dinner reservations. The dinner meeting would include Trubisky, Pace, head coach John Fox, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone and director of player personnel Josh Lucas.
Trubisky picked a local steak house, Bin 54, and made the reservation under the name, James McMahon. Pace said he “thought that was cool,” and odds are many Bears’ fans will as well. Jim McMahon may be one of the coolest quarterbacks to ever play the game, and he’s the only Bears’ quarterback to lead the team to a Super Bowl win.
The article goes on to detail Chicago’s covert interaction with their soon to be top draft pick, including being mistaken for members of the Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff, a case of mistaken identity that Pace failed to correct.
It also runs through Pace’s draft day process and his thinking behind making the trade from three to two, for the chance to take his guy.
Wiederer titled his article, Chicago Hope, Chapter 1: How a covert visit to Chapel Hill solidified the Bears' conviction in Mitch Trubisky, so be sure to catch Chapter 2 when it publishes. I know I will.