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Mitchell Trubisky Needs to Start...Like Today

After two lackluster, at-best, performances from Mike Glennon, it begs the question: Couldn’t Trubisky perform this well?

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears
Mitchell Trubisky
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I asked myself the question last week against Atlanta. This afternoon, it wasn’t even a question any longer. Couldn’t Mitchell Trubisky do at least as well as Mike Glennon has so far?

The offensive line is giving Glennon, about as mobile as the statue of Ulysses S. Grant in his namesake park on Chicago’s lakefront, more than adequate time in the pocket. This was evident in week one and again today. If Glennon can’t get the job done with a clean pocket, then what is the point of continuing this experiment? Do we not know what his upside is? Did we not expect this type of play when he signed here?

The running game has been putrid outside of one long run by Tarik Cohen, which was actually well defended. If an opposing defense has no respect or fear for a downfield passing attack, then they are going to take away what you do well: running the ball. To this point, that is exactly what has happened.

There appears to be a solution to the problem on the roster already. Trubisky has shown an ability, albeit in preseason, to make his reads from high-to-low, a skill that is clearly eluding the current Bears starting quarterback. His athleticism alone is enough to inspire teammates, spark a stagnant offense and give pause to opposing defenses that play the Bears one-dimensionally.

Why then is Trubisky not starting? This is a question that only John Fox can answer and if his post game presser is any indication, he isn’t interested in seeing his team perform better than this.

In my mind, we saw what this team looks like when it gives up, because frankly, they gave up today. They gave up on their quarterback, they gave up on their teammates and they gave up on their head coach. Isn’t this exactly what John Fox was brought here to avoid?

The answer is simple then. Bring in the rookie quarterback that you traded away draft picks to select number 2 overall. Bring in the quarterback who created a spark in the first preseason game against the Broncos. Bring in the quarterback that virtually everyone in Chicago knows is the better player and gives the Bears the best chance to win.

Bring in Mitchell Trubisky, because the fate of the season, a host of players and the entire coaching staff depends on it. It is officially Trubisky’s time.