Monday Morning Glory: That's my quarterback
I’ve been on this earth for 27 years, 17 of which I’ve been a passionate, die-hard Chicago Bears fan. In that time, I’ve seen the following starting quarterbacks:
Shane Matthews, Jim Miller, Chris Chandler, Henry Burris, Kordell Stewart, Rex Grossman, Jonathan Quinn, Craig Krenzel, Chad Hutchinson, Kyle Orton, Brian Griese, Jay Cutler, Todd Collins, Caleb Hanie, Josh McCown, Jason Campbell, Jimmy Clausen, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, and Mike Glennon.
These twenty quarterbacks range in quality from promising shithead (Cutler) to scrub (pick one) to overpaid immobile dumpster fire (Mike Glennon) and everything in between. So while I understand the city of Chicago’s apprehension to anoint Mitchell Trubisky as the savior of the historic yet playoff dormant franchise because of past wounds left untreated by less talented players, it’s time to admit the truth:
Mitchell Trubisky is the best quarterback the Chicago Bears has ever had.
Given his only competition is Sid Luckman (a quarterback of a far bygone era), Jim McMahon (a gamer but not the greatest), and Jay Cutler (our aforementioned promising shithead), it’s not a hard argument even two years and 21 starts in. However, Trubisky’s play in Sunday’s 34-22 win over the Detroit Lions Sunday showed the championship intangibles that made Ryan Pace overpay to jump up one spot to draft him.
Trubisky completed 23-of-30 passes for a career-high 355 yards and three touchdowns, hitting all three levels of the field, including six completed passes for more than 10+ yards. The Bears ran a more uptempo offense than in previous games this season, and Trubisky thrived, controlling the tempo and calling audibles like his name was Peyton. But that only begins to explain the best game of Tru’s young career. He was excellent in the pocket, with Pro Football Focus giving him a perfect passer rating under pressure.
Trubisky really benefited from the return of receiver Allen Robinson; the two connected six times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Two of Trubisky’s best passes of the day - and his career so far - went to Robinson; one a 27-yard dart into a tight window for a huge chunk of yardage, and another back shoulder throw to the endzone that fell right into the bread basket for six.
Having a phenomenal route runner and receiver helps a ton, but Trubisky is silencing his critics - nationwide and in the city of Chicago - who believe he’s an inaccurate thrower who’s nothing more than an Alex Smith-like game manager. Since a rough start, Trubisky’s play and conviction running the offense has grown tremendously, as explained in this thread by Johnathan Wood of Da Bears Blog:
Trubisky is continuing to develop as an NFL quarterback, but Sunday’s win was his arrival on the big stage, and next Sunday night could very well be the moment the world is put on notice. Bears fans, and his critics, need to let go of the pessimistic nitpicking and enjoy one of the rising stars in the NFL.
Everyone’s trying to move out of Oakland, and not just the football team; the Raiders themselves!
The 1-8 Raiders are so damn sorry, one of their players is ready to say sayonara after their 20-6 loss to the Chargers Sunday, and allegedly that player is Jordy Nelson.
Jordy’s been one of the great receivers of the last decade, and even though he’s not the star he was in Green Bay, it sucks to see him go out like this with a corroding franchise in Oakland. Nothing Jon Gruden has done since returning with a shiny 10-year, $100 million contract has proven to be a good move; from ignoring Khalil Mack for a whole offseason before trading him to Chicago for the grand prize of two low-first round picks (thanks!), to moving former first-rounder Amari Cooper to Dallas for another first (Cooper has two TD’s since moving to Dallas). The Raiders are a sinking ship, and while it’s fun to watch because everyone hates Gruden, it’s sad to see it happen to one of the league’s most beloved brands.