Taking over the reins as a franchise quarterback is never easy. Add in the pressure and burden of doing so with a team in a city that hasn’t seen competent quarterbacks for decades. Now, fail to live up to expectations. Scratch that. Never mind astronomic expectations. Fail entirely. Disappoint outright. Shutter the heaps and heaps of faith once placed, without question, in you.
After three years of up-and-down play, that’s the impossible situation Mitchell Trubisky finds himself in with the Bears, already backed up against a wall, already retreating into his shell.
The only problem is it appears this former No. 2 overall pick is doing anything but cowering into the exoskeleton of a snail.
Friday afternoon saw the 25-year-old Trubisky speak in public for the first time since Chicago’s 2019 season finale in January. An off-season marked by a trade for direct competition in the form of Nick Foles, stacked on top of angst directed toward Trubisky for forcing the Bears’ hand come and gone, this summer springs hope eternal. There’s a quarterback portraying himself as a man seeking greener pastures.