I woke up this morning thinking “you know what? It’s about time I get back into the writing game. It’s really been a while since I’ve typed some words that I’ll regret in a months time.”
So here we go.
The Chicago Bears are going to play in the NFC Championship game and it’s because of one guy. His name isn’t Matt Nagy. He doesn’t wear No. 52 and doesn’t force quarterbacks to bring a change of underwear for halftime. No, his name is Mitch(ell) Trubisky.
Let me point you in the direction of a single play on Sunday vs. the Lions that paints a good picture. It’s 2nd and 10 and the Bears have the ball at the Lions’ 18-yard-line immediately following a fantastic Bryce Callahan interception (head to this link at 2:58).
Mitch drops back, scans the field and as he’s doing so, the pocket collapses. “You can’t fool me, I’ve seen this play out before,” mutters my dumb Bears brain. One of our guards will get pushed into the QB and as that happens, he will slowly become engulfed in a group of Lions, eventually crumpling to the ground.
Yep. Called it. It’s happening. It’s okay. We’re the Bears! We’ve got plenty – I MEAN PLENTY – of experience with 3rd and 17 from just outside the red zone! Hey, we do have ole’ reliable after all. I mean, you paid Cody Parkey millions to kick that ball so it’s gonna go through the uprights! Three points! Let’s go! 22-0 lead! Not bad! I love going 7-9! I love pain!
Wait, Mitch. Don’t you know you’re not supposed to do that. You were supposed to collapse. C-O-L-L-A-P-S-E. Take a little page out of Eli’s book.
But no. Mitch doesn’t like your old, crusty narrative. He wants to escape from the pocket and actually give his team a chance of getting six points instead of three — AKA the difference between a playoff team/non-playoff team.
So at the end of the day (or play) he ends up netting six yards. No first down, just six yards. But holy shit, what a difference those yards end up being. Especially when you consider the fact that Trubisky forced Jarrad Davis (a first round draft pick who runs a high-4.5 40-yard dash) to track him west-to-east and push him out of bounds, resulting in a late-hit penalty.
Before you know it, the Bears are staring at 1st and goal from the Lions’ six and what eventually happens? Mitch takes it himself right up the gut for a four-yard score.
Six points. Not three. What a refreshing development.
Those points are great, but there’s one more point I want to make about the six-yard scramble from No. 10. After he gets hit by Davis, which was a no-doubt penalty, a swarm of Bear teammates made a beeline straight for Davis.
Maybe I’m just a sucker, and maybe it’s not a big deal. But Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel and Bryan Witzmann were right there to have Mitch’s back immediately. Not to mention all of the others that are pictured above running to the scene.
I don’t think it’s so simple to brush this off as something that would happen for every quarterback in the league. These guys believe in Trubisky and really feel he’s the guy who will lead them where they want to go. They’re ready to go to war for him, and that really fires me up.
It’s time that Bears’ fans, and the city of Chicago as a whole, start to believe in this guy. For a fanbase that has had dog-shit quarterbacks for the majority of the life of the franchise, we’re pretty picky about who we’ll believe in. Maybe it’s a classic case of “been hurt so many times and not ready to trust yet.”
Whatever it is, get over it and realize that winning the NFC (and beyond) is a possibility. No, I’m not sitting here and saying it’s a disappointment if we don’t get there, I’m simply saying that we’re “sitting at the table,” so to speak in the same way that the White Sox are at the very least able to negotiate with Harper and Machado. Not many teams at this point can say they’re good enough to reach that pinnacle — the Bears are.
Keep doing what you’re doing, 10. I’ve got your back and I’m pretty sure the rest of the city is coming along in that respect as well.