Despite the Grumblings, the Chicago Bears Will Be Fine
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It is without a doubt that the 2017 NFL Draft was nothing but exciting. There were more trades that I had ever seen in a single draft. But the first trade seemed to have created such a frenzy of emotions that no one could have predicted such a move. For the Chicago Bears to trade up one slot just to grab a quarterback seemed insane for some. It was pretty much set in stone in the minds of analysts and fans that the Bears would pick a defensive back. But the Bears had their own plans and they were adamant about it.
Many believe that the Bears “sold the farm” for this pick, but did they really? Sure, they moved up to the number-two slot to give the San Francisco 49ers the number-three slot, a bold move but no real loss. What they actually gave up was the third- (67th) and fourth-round pick (111th) and a third-round pick in 2018. That was not the farm people, especially in such a deep draft. What the Bears did do was choose their future franchise quarterback in the first round. Apparently, some fans and analysts now hate the kid before he even set foot on the field.
Frankly, I think it would make it hard to love a team whose fans boo you without showing them what they can do for them first. But Mitchell Trubisky is willing to work hard and be ready to lead his team when his number is called. Trubisky told ESPN (via Greg Barnes of Scout.com), “I knew I was going to end up where I’m meant to be and I’m meant to be in Chicago. I’m just so thankful for an organization like Chicago to come and get me. It shows they believe in me. I can’t wait to go to work. I’m going to give it absolutely everything I’ve got for them.” At least someone believes in him.
But let’s get something straight here. No one on the coaching staff was oblivious to this pick. There was due diligence on this kid, as explained by beat writer Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
So why are the fans so surly? Didn’t the Bears release long-time quarterback Jay Cutler after years of pleading? But that wasn’t enough. So they signed Mike Glennon to a three-year deal and yet he got booed at Wrigley Field. Then the Bears draft a rookie quarterback in hopes that this move will satisfy the fans. Nope, the young man gets booed on the biggest night of his life and at the United Center during a Bulls game.
Please, cut the kid some slack. He was picked, not the other way around.
So what does the Trubisky pick mean for Glennon? Obviously, the pick must have cut deep. However, as a professional player he will have to brush it off and go out there and compete. Glennon will be motivated and determined to prove that he can be the starting quarterback at least for 2017. Now the media and some fans think that Trubisky is going to take over in the middle of the season like Jared Goff did for the Los Angeles Rams. I don’t think that is the case and here is why.
The Rams picked Jared Goff number one overall last year. He was supposed to sit out for a year and develop (sound familiar). At the time, Case Keenum was trying to prove that he was the starter. As he struggled in the first half of the season, he completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 2,201 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The fans and media incited the Rams to rush the process and get Goff to stop holding the clipboard and give the fans what they want.
So they did. And Goff finished the remainder of the season with a disappointing completion percentage (54.6), good for five scores and seven interceptions. Goff didn’t win a single game. It seems apparent that this would be the reason why head coach John Fox contacted former Rams coach Jeff Fisher. “Foxy” does not want to make the same mistake, since we all know what happened to Fisher after the season.
Both Fox and general manager Ryan Pace are well aware that this is a do or die year and they are doing everything they can to build a winning team. Last season the Bears were decimated with injuries, which gave the coaching staff the opportunity to see what their late drafted and undrafted players could do. But there will be key players returning from health issues that will give the Bears a boost this season.
The Chicago Bears will be playing this coming season for pride as a team. They will attempt to perform with utmost conviction because they believe in themselves even if some of their fans don’t. But if the fans can rally around this team and encourage them to be the best, the Bears will leave everything on the field.
No one can predict the production of a player, whether they are a number one pick or a seventh-round pick. No one can predict the results of a season without a single snap taken. Every sports analysts, game simulator, or fan can guess what the season might be. But if the draft showed us anything is that it can all change in a blink of an eye.
As Bear Bryant once said, “It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.”
Wanda Wiedman covers the Chicago Bears for NFL Female. Follow her on Twitter at @WandaW63.