In an article on NFL.com, ex-NFL quarterback David Carr includes the Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky as one of five quarterbacks whose stock is on the rise heading into the offseason.
After showing promise as a rookie, Trubisky will look to elevate his game in his second season while working with new head coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.
“In Year 1, Trubisky operated a pretty traditional offense,” Carr wrote. “He wasn’t asked to do too much schematically, and he did a solid job with that. It was a year of learning and getting acclimated to the NFL. Bringing in Matt Nagy, who elevated Alex Smith’s career in Kansas City, puts Trubisky in a perfect situation.
“Trubisky showed enough in his first year—toughness, accuracy, leadership—that he can be a good quarterback, so with the Bears’ defense, run game, offensive line and Nagy, Trubisky is poised to take the next step.”
Selected by the Bears with the second pick in the draft, Trubisky started the final 12 games of his rookie season, completing 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 77.5 passer rating. He also rushed for 248 yards and two TDs.
Nagy and Helfrich are both known for their ability to develop quarterbacks. Nagy helped Alex Smith lead the NFL with a 104.7 passer rating last season with the Chiefs, while Helfrich assisted in Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota’s development at Oregon.
Carr puts Trubisky in excellent company, listing the 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo, the Texans’ Deshaun Watson, the Eagles’ Carson Wentz and the Rams’ Jared Goff as the other quarterbacks whose stock is on the rise. Interestingly, Carr includes his brother—the Raiders’ Derek Carr—among five quarterbacks who are in a “state of confusion.”