During the week of the 2017 NFL Draft, former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson said this to the NFL Network regarding the idea of former North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky being picked before him:
“You’re gonna have to live with the consequences that come with it. That’s how I see it.”
Trubisky was selected second overall by the Chicago Bears (who traded up to get him) and Watson was taken 12th overall by the Houston Texans. Oh, and 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes was taken a couple of spots ahead of Watson by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Cringeworthy stuff for Bears fans.
Now, let’s not completely blame Chicago General Manager Ryan Pace for this massive mistake. We all were wrong on Trubisky. ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both had him as the top quarterback in the class, and so did PFF. Trubisky has looked noticeably worse in 2019 than he did in the two years prior, though he was still awfully bad in those two seasons. Nonetheless, some have been defensive regarding the ‘Bisk and his poor play – calling it a process and a rising quarterback in this league (i.e. the people looking at passer rating, QBR and Pro Bowl appearances as their evaluating method).
Attention Pace and the Chicago Bears franchise: it’s time. It’s time to cut your losses and admit Trubisky is a sunk cost. And if you’re still on the fence as to whether or not a move should be made for another quarterback, PFF presents to you why this is a necessary: