Is Mitchell Trubisky a good quarterback?
That’s the question posed by Brett Kollmann in his latest Film Room video breakdown. It’s definitely a must watch for hard core Xs & Os junkies, but the more casual fans of the Chicago Bears will find plenty to take away from it as well.
We’ve shared Brett’s videos here at WCG in the past and the one thing I really appreciate about what he does is the levelheaded fairness he displays when breaking down a player. He tells it exactly how he sees it.
As Bears’ fans, we’ve dealt with several hatchet-jobs from media members when talking about Mitch. And if you ask me, most of those are done from “experts” that have a built in bias towards Trubisky (because they didn’t have him rated high out of college and they desperately want to be right), or a bias towards Bears’ general manager Ryan Pace (because Pace isn’t very forthcoming with the media), so no matter what happens or what they see, these experts will shit on the Bears.
Brett is one of the fairest talent evaluators in the game today, and this breakdown of Trubisky is spot on. I implore you to watch it to the end, because Kollmann does start with some of the negative.
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The mechanical issues that he points out are fixable. The mental mistakes that he points out are fixable. But his ability to play at a high level in crunch time tells me that Trubisky just needs to get out of his head and sling it. That should improve with year two in the system. Young players — at every position — have a tendency to think about what they are doing instead of just reacting. The playbook isn’t seared into their muscle-memory quite yet, so their reaction time to what they’re processing is a tick slow.
Mitch was drafted with less experience than many of his peers because he really only played his final year at North Carolina. Then he walked into a system that was oversimplified under head coach John Fox. Last year head coach Matt Nagy challenged him from day one and Trubisky accepted that challenge. What I saw when watching Trubisky play a year ago was a player that got better as the year went on, but to be fair, the mistakes were maddening. Nagy was all over that. When he talked about Trubisky he recognized that he was still a young quarterback that was growing into himself and that he had to get better.
Even though Trubisky was inconsistent in 2018, Kollmann still calls him a good quarterback, and a quarterback that can win a Super Bowl. Now imagine what possible strides the 24-year old signal caller can make in year two of the system.