Bears Writer: Trubisky Has "Shut People Up"

Mitchell Trubisky was called a bust last season; this season, he has proven otherwise

December 07, 2018 - 9:15 am

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The Chicago Bears (8-4) host the L.A. Rams (11-1) in a potential NFC Championship preview on Sunday night, and don’t be surprised if the Bears get a win.

“When they face the Rams, that's going to be the first real test they’ve had since they played the Patriots a month ago,” Chicago Sun Times Bears beat writer Patrick Finley said on Ferrall on the Bench. “We’ll see how good they are. This defense is not the ’85 Bears, but between Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks, those are two of the fiercest inside-outside guys you’re going to find on any team in football. It’ll be real interesting to see what they do against the Rams on Sunday.”

Finley, in fact, believes the Bears will win – in part because Jared Goff has only played one game in freezing temperatures in his life. 

“The Rams are going to be a special kind of uncomfortable in a weather that the Bears are used to do,” Finley said. “I think it’s going to be a close game. I think the Rams are for sure the better team, but when you’re playing a night game in the cold on the road – after going to Detroit and going back home – I think the Bears have a chance to steal one.”

The Bears are having their best season in years – and Mitchell Trubisky has been a big reason why. Though he missed the last two games with a shoulder ailment, he is light years ahead of where he was as a rookie. He has 23 touchdowns (20 pass, three rush) in 10 games versus the nine touchdowns (seven pass, two rush) he had in 12 games in 2017.

“I think a lot of people were pretty convinced Trubisky wasn’t very good, and at the very least, he has shut those people up,” Finley said. “I don’t know whether Mitch is great. I don’t know if he’ll ever be great, but he’s certainly competent. Maybe a year ago now we weren’t sure that he was. That’s a big-picture accomplishment. If they can go 10-6 and play in the playoffs in Chicago for the first time in eight years? Yeah, that’s a big deal.”