January 20, 2021


Hub Arkush: To Mitch or not to Mitch? Is that becoming the question?

Could Trubisky’s recent play cause Bears to reconsider the unthinkable a few weeks ago?

Four days ago the only things on the minds of the majority of Bears fans were whether or not to fire and replace Ryan Pace and/or Mat Nagy and how to replace Mitch Trubisky.

While it may be very temporary, the Bears trouncing of the Texans Sunday changed all that.

Over the last three weeks since reclaiming the starting job from a wounded Nick Foles, Trubisky has looked like a different quarterback, improving each week and compiling a 100-plus passer rating.

He has been impressive enough that whispers have begun to emerge over whether or not the Bears should actually attempt to bring him back if, with an emphasis on if, he continues this surge and leads them past the Vikings and Packers.

The first question is whether or not this sudden surge is even real and his head coach told us Monday he thinks it is.

“He's never too high, he's never too low,” Nagy said. “That's the part that I like about him. So right now, he's in a good place, and we just want to keep things going.

“There's an open communication throughout all of us and I think offensively, if you guys were down on that sideline (Sunday), you would feel as our team collectively, all three phases, people were in good places.”

Passing game coordinator Dave Ragone also feels good about his most important pupil saying, “You've got a guy right now who feels comfortable when he's throwing the football, and he's putting it where he wants to put it.

“And you've got guys around him who are also not just making the catch but they're getting yards after the catch.

“And again, when you're able to run the football and you're now all the sudden running after the catch, obviously you start to put some points on the board, and I think we're starting to do that.”

Not always his own greatest asset in interview situations, Trubisky knew exactly what to say Wednesday when he was asked if he’s playing for the future.

“Yeah, I think you’re always … I mean, you’re always trying to go out there and put good plays on tape at the end of the day, because that’s your legacy," Trubisky said. "At the end of the day we’re out here living a dream, and I want to make the most out of every single opportunity.

“I think for me it’s just staying focused in the moment and taking it one game at a time. So my complete focus is on the Minnesota Vikings and just taking it this game, and I’m not really thinking or planning anything beyond that at this point.”

So after hearing so many of the loudest voices screaming how much they want him gone, does Trubisky still want to be a Bear?

“Um … I’m trying to beat the Minnesota Vikings this weekend," he said. “I’ve thought about it, but thoughts come and go and right now, I just gotta stay focused on what’s about to happen this weekend and that’s just preparing every day for the Vikings.”

While it is more than fair, like so many other things that is not the answer you might have expected from Trubisky three weeks ago.

He also seemed just a tad rebellious dare I say when asked if some of the changes in the offense recently that seem to be enhancing his play were things he’d requested in the past.

“Yeah, that’s a good question, I guess you never know," he said. “I was asking. I was putting my input in. But you can’t change the past, so we are where we are now, and the offense is progressing over the last few weeks, and all we can do is try to stay on this path that we are now and keep getting better.”

What’s actually happened over the last three weeks is Trubisky has now created a situation that just might allow him to write his own story over the next three, as impossible as that seemed such a short time ago.

First though, there are the Vikings.

Will Trubisky light a fire even more difficult to put out, or will it all go up in smoke?