JLC: Ryan Pace, Mitchell Trubisky Tied At The Hip

As long as Pace is in Chicago, Trubisky will be in Chicago, Jason La Canfora says

Tiki and Tierney
November 22, 2019 - 9:31 am

Things have gone from bad to worse for Mitchell Trubisky, who was seemingly benched in the final minutes of the Bears’ 17-7 loss to the Rams last Sunday. It’s been a dreadful season for Chicago (4-6), which has lost five of six, and Trubisky has been a big reason why. 

Will he still be a Bear in 2020?

“The GM there has hitched his wagon to him,” CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on Tiki& Tierney, referring to Ryan Pace. “If you pass on Watson and Mahomes and you move up to take this cat – when nobody else was taking him at your spot – and you moved up a spot to get him, gave up a fair amount and then you double-down mortgage the future for Khalil Mack a year later, and then you regress like this? I don’t think he’s out of the organization. As long as Ryan Pace is there, I think that Trubisky will be there.”

But fear not, Bears fans. Trubisky will not be getting a long-term contract anytime soon.

“I’d make it akin to where Marcus Mariota was last January,” La Canfora said, “which is, ‘Okay, we’re not going to make a long-term commitment, but we’re not going to throw him out just yet, and we’re going to bring in somebody that has a better pedigree.’ It’s not going to be Chase Daniel as the fall-back guy; it’s going to be more like a Ryan Tannehill, somebody who has won some games, who still has some upside. He’s played great.”

The Bears host the Giants (2-8) this Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.

Elsewhere in the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons (3-7) have shown signs of life in recent weeks, beating the Saints and Panthers on the road by a combined score of 55-12.

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“It’d have to be pretty emphatic and pronounced,” La Canfora said. “They would have had to have reinvented themselves coming out of that bye week, and if this is how they play defense the rest of the year, he’s at least making a case to be a part of them in the future. I think Arthur Blank really, really likes him as a human being and really believes in him. Even if that happens, I’m not sure that there aren’t changes in personnel. You can’t keep blowing your season up by mid-October every year. They’ve done it two years in a row.

“I still think it’s more likely than not they make a change,” La Canfora continued, “but it’s certainly not in stone.”