To bench or not to bench? That is the question for the Bears and Mitch Trubisky

Chicago Tribune Sports 1 month ago
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky gets sacked during the second quarter against the Eagles on Nov. 3, 2019, in Philadelphia. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky scrambles in the fourth quarter against the Chargers on Oct. 27, 2019, at Soldier Field. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky leaves the field in the fourth quarter on Oct. 20, 2019, at Soldier Field. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky fumbles the ball in the fourth quarter against the Chargers on Oct. 27, 2019, at Soldier Field. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is pressured by Saints outside linebacker Demario Davis in the third quarter on Oct. 20, 2019, at Soldier Field. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is helped up by teammate James Daniels after being sacked during the second quarter against the Eagles game on Nov. 3, 2019, in Philadelphia. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up his hands before a game against the Chargers on Oct. 27, 2019, at Soldier Field. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky takes a drink during warmups for a game against the Redskins at FedExField on Sept. 23, 2019. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky wears a sling while walking the sideline in the third quarter against the Vikings at Soldier Field on Sept. 29, 2019. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is tackled by Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter at Soldier Field on Sept. 29, 2019. He injured his shoulder on the play and didn't return. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky raises his hands as running back David Montgomery scores a touchdown during the third quarter on Sept. 15, 2019, at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky gets ready to handoff to running back David Montgomery in the first quarter at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver on Sept. 15, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky gets sacked on a third down during the second half against the Packers at Soldier Field on Sept. 5, 2019. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up before a preseason game against the Titans at Soldier Field on Aug. 29, 2019. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky takes a picture for a fan before a preseason game against the Titans at Soldier Field on Aug. 29, 2019. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky gets pumped up before a preseason game against the Panthers at Soldier Field on Aug. 8, 2019. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky practices May 22, 2019, at Halas Hall. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears offensive tackle Charles Leno, left, and quarterback Mitch Trubisky practice May 22, 2019, at Halas Hall. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky, center, takes a selfie with punter Pat O'Donell, left, and former Bears tight end Zach Miller during the annual Bears Care Gala on May 18, 2019, at Soldier Field. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky and Hillary Gallagher arrive on the orange carpet during the annual Bears Care Gala on May 18, 2019, at Soldier Field. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky high-fives fans during the Bears100 Celebration Weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont on June 7, 2019. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky leaves the field after the Bears lost to the Eagles in a wild-card round game at Soldier Field on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) makes a pass as Eagles defensive ends Brandon Graham (55) and Chris Long (56) apply pressure in the fourth quarter of a wild-card round game at Soldier Field on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) hands the ball to a referee in the fourth quarter of a wild-card round game against the Eagles on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) scrambles out of bounds ahead of Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (91) in the second quarter of a wild-card round game at Soldier Field on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) gives instructions during the second quarter of a wild-card round game against the Eagles at Soldier Field on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) celebrates a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter against the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) in the huddle against the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) looks down to offensive live during the firstst quarter against the Vikingsat U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky and coach Matt Nagy prepare to face the Vikings on Dec. 30, 2018,  in Minneapolis. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky looks on as the 49ers take the field during player introductions on Dec. 23, 2018, in Santa Clara, Calif. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky runs the ball in the fourth quarter against the 49ers on Dec. 23, 2018, in Santa Clara, Calif. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky yells to the sideline in the fourth quarter against the 49ers on Dec. 23, 2018, in Santa Clara, Calif. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky signs an autograph for a disabled fan prior to a game against the 49ers on Dec. 23, 2018, in Santa Clara, Calif. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky celebrates with fans after the Bears defeated the Packers to clinch the NFC North title on Dec. 16, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky puts on a NFC North champions hat after the Bears defeated the Packers to clinch the division on Dec. 16, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up on the field before the Bears play the Packers on Dec. 16, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky walks on the field before the Bears play the Packers on Dec. 16, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky celebrates after the Bears defeated the Packers to clinch the NFC North title on Dec. 16, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky runs the ball during the first half against the Packers on Dec. 16, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky hugs Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the Bears defeated the Packers to clinch the NFC North title on Dec. 16, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky points toward running back Tarik Cohen after Cohen scored a touchdown in the second quarter against the Packers on Dec. 16, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky scrambles against the Rams in the first quarter Dec. 9, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky passes against the Rams in the first quarter Dec. 9, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky scrambles away from Rams linebacker Dante Fowler in the first quarter Dec. 9, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up to face the Rams on Dec. 9, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky walks off the field following a 15-6 win over the Rams on Dec. 9, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky avoids Rams linebacker Dante Fowler before he is sacked by other Rams players in the first quarter Dec. 9, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky and receiver Allen Robinson celebrate a win over the Rams on Dec. 9, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky talks with Giants quarterback Eli Manning at the end of a game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky watches the game from the sidelines in the first quarter against the Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky watches the game against the Lions from the sidelines at Ford Field on Nov. 22, 2018. The Bears, with QB Chase Daniel, won 23-16. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) gestures against the Vikings at Soldier Field on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) celebrates as the team finishes the first half against the Vikings at Soldier Field on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) runs out during player introductions before facing the Vikings at Soldier Field on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up to face the Vikings at Soldier Field on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback MitchTrubisky (10) points after running for a first down during the second half against the Lions at Soldier Field on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) rushes in the second quarter against the Lions at Soldier Field on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) reacts after his touchdown against the Lions during the second quarter at Soldier Field on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) spikes the ball after his touchdown against the Lions during the first half at Soldier Field on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky walks off the field after winning on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bears defeated the Bills 41-9. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) nearly scores a touchdown on a scramble in the second quarter of a game against the Bills at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) fumbles under pressure from Bills linebacker Julian Stanford (51) in the first quarter Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky takes the field against the Bills on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is congratulated by quarterback Chase Daniel, right, after the Bears scored a touchdown on a run by Jordan Howard in the fourth quarter against the Jets at Soldier Field on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) and quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) celebrate after a touchdown catch by Miller in the third quarter against the Jets at Soldier Field on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky looks downfield before making a throw in the third quarter against the Jets at Soldier Field on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky stands behind the line during the first half against the Jets at Soldier Field on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky walks on the field during the second half against the Jets at Soldier Field on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky meets Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after the game on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. The Patriots defeated the Bears 38-31 at Soldier Field. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky throws against the Patriots in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky looks to throw in the second quarter against the Patriots at Soldier Field on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) tries to run from Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones (31) in the first quarter at Soldier Field on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Patriots at Soldier Field on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Patriots at Soldier Field on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky (10) and Chase Daniel (4) enter the field to warm up before a game against the Patriots at Soldier Field on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky signs autographs before a game against the Patriots at Soldier Field on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky, right, gives a fist bump to P.J. Spizzirri, 5, before a game against the Patriots at Soldier Field on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) throws in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up before a game against the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up before a game against the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky smiles as he runs off the field after his team's Week 4 win over the Buccaneers at Soldier Field on Sept. 30, 2018. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky throws during the first half against the Buccaneers at Soldier Field on Sept. 30, 2018. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears wide receiver Josh Bellamy celebrates with quarterback Mitch Trubisky after scoring a touchdown against the Buccaneers at Soldier Field on Sept. 30, 2018. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) walks off the field after the Bears defeated the Cardinals 16-14 at State Farm Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) runs the ball during the second half against the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 in Glendale, Ariz. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) sits on the bench after fumbling the ball during the first half against the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 in Glendale, Ariz. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) walks on the field during the first half against the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 in Glendale, Ariz. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky fumbles the ball during the first half against the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 in Glendale, Ariz. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) talks in the huddle in the first quarter against the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) and quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) celebrate after their victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) talks with the Seahawks' Mychal Kendricks after the Bears defeated the Seahawks 24-17 at Soldier Field on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) heads to the sideline after throwing a touchdown reception in the fourth quarter against the Seahawks at Soldier Field on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) looks for an open receiver during the second quarter against the Seahawks at Soldier Field on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up before a game against the Seahawks at Soldier Field, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky chats with Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the Packers beat the Bears 24-23 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sept. 9, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) runs past the Packers defense in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is stopped by Packers defensive back Tramon Williams as he runs for some yards during the second half on Sept. 9, 2018, in Green Bay. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky runs for some yardage against the Packers during the first quarter on Sept. 9, 2018, in Green Bay. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky stares down a Green Bay Packers defensive back Tramon Williams on Sept. 9, 2018, in Green Bay. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky throws a pass late in the fourth quarter against the Packers on Sept. 9, 2018, in Green Bay. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Packers linebacker Nick Perry is surrounded by teammates after he sacked Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky late in the fourth quarter on Sept. 9, 2018, in Green Bay. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky sit on the bench as time ticks down late in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sept. 9, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Green Packers linebacker Nick Perry sacks  Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and forces a fumble late in the fourth quarter on Sept. 9, 2018, in Green Bay. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky takes a high snap against the Packers in the fourth quarter on Sept. 9, 2018, in Green Bay. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up before the game against the Packers on Sept. 9, 2018, in Green Bay. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky watches a preseason game against the Bills from the sideline on Aug. 30, 2018, at Soldier Field. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up before a preseason game at Soldier Field on Aug. 30, 2018. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky gives a fan his armband after the Bears defeated the Chiefs 27-20 in a preseason game at Soldier Field on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky practices with the team at Vernon Hills High School Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Vernon Hills. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky attends a practice at Vernon Hills High School on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Vernon Hills. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb hits Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky in the end zone for a safety during the first half of a preseason game Aug. 18, 2018, in Denver. (Dustin Bradford / Getty Images)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky stands in the tunnel before a preseason game against the Broncos during a preseason game on Aug. 18, 2018 in Denver. (Dustin Bradford / Getty Images)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky, right, signs a jersey of a fan after drills during a joint practice with the Broncos on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Englewood, Colo. (David Zalubowski / AP)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky hands off the ball to running back Taquan Mizzell (33) in the first half of a preseason game against the Bengals on Aug. 9, 2018. (Gary Landers / AP)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky looks to pass in the first half a preseason game against the Bengals on Aug. 9, 2018. (Frank Victores / AP)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky at training camp in Bourbonnais on Aug. 7, 2018. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky signs autographs for fans after the Hall of Fame Game against the Ravens at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) reacts after a touchdown reception by Michael Burton in the first quarter of the Hall of Fame Game against the Ravens at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 2, 2018. (Joe Robbins / Getty Images)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up for the Hall of Fame Game against the Ravens at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday, August 2, 2018. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Bears offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich chats with quarterback Mitch Trubisky at the start of training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) jogs at the start of training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky takes part of drills during training camp, Sunday, July 22, 2018, at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky speaks as the Bears report to training camp, Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky poses for a selfie with Aerahan Skanthakumar, 15, of Napreville. Trubisky participated in the Offense-Defense Football Camp on behalf of the 14th annual Gatorade Beat the Heat program in Naperville on Monday, July 2, 2018. (James C. Svehla / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky jokes with media about his beard after participating in the Offense-Defense Football Camp on behalf of the 14th annual Gatorade Beat the Heat program in Naperville on Monday, July 2, 2018. (James C. Svehla / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) warms up at organized team activities held at Halas Hall in Lake Forest on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) stretches at organized team activities held at Halas Hall in Lake Forest on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) and the Bears offense fail to score in the red zone during the 4th quarter on Sunday, Dec. 31. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) feels the pressure during the 2nd half on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 in Minneapolis. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) in the fourth quarter against the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) hits the ground after a complete pass in the third quarter against the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) is sacked by Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) in the fourth quarter on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) puts pressure on Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) in the third quarter on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) is tackled for a safety in the second quarter against the Vikings on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) runs the ball during the first half against the Browns on Dec. 24, 2017. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) signs autographs after the Bears defeated the Browns, 20-3, at Soldier Field on Dec. 24, 2017. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) talks with Browns defensive tackle Danny Shelton (55) after the Bears defeated the Browns on Dec. 24, 2017. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) celebrates his touchdown during the third quarter on Dec. 24, 2017. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) runs on the field before the first half against the Browns on Dec. 24, 2017. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) walks to the bench after throwing an interception to end the Bears drive in the fourth quarter against the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky chats on the bench with teammates before a game against the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Mitch Trubisky runs in for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Bengals on Dec. 10, 2017 at Paul Brown Stadium. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) walks to congratulate players after losing to the 49ers at Soldier Field, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) waits for a snap in the second quarter against the 49ers at Soldier Field, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) picks up a fumble in the third quarter against the 49ers at Soldier Field, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) tries to inspire his offensive line during the second half against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday Nov. 26, 2017. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) scrambles away from the Eagles defense in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Philadelphia. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up before a game against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Philadelphia. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) runs for a first down during the final minutes of the fourth quarter of a game between the Lions and the Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) hits the ground after running for a few yards during the second half against the Lions at Soldier Field on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) runs the ball during the first half against the Lions at Soldier Field on Sunday Nov. 19 2017. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) fumbles the ball before Lions defensive back D.J. Hayden would recover it for a touchdown during the first half at Soldier Field on Sunday, Nov. 19 2017. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) is sacked by  Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) and defensive end Mike Daniels (76) in the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at Soldier Field. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) throws against the Packers in the first quarter at Soldier Field Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) is tripped up by Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) during the second half of their game at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) directs the offense in the first half of a game against the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) smiles as he exits Soldier Field following a victory against the Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Alyssa Pointer / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) is tackled by Panthers offensive tackle Daryl Williams (60) a few feet from the goal line during the second quarter of a game at Soldier Field, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Alyssa Pointer / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) handles the ball during the first half against the Panthers at Soldier Field Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) celebrates the teram's 27-24 win against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) stands behind the line during the first half against the Vikings at Soldier Field on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) looks to throw a pass during the second quarter against the Vikings at Soldier Field on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Bears quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky (10) and Mike Glennon (8) warm up before a game against the Packers at Lambeau Field on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Mitch Trubisky leaves the field after the Bears' Week 2 loss to the Bucs on Sept. 17, 2017. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky walks on the field after the Bears lost to the Falcons 23-17 in the Bears season opener at Solider Field on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Mitch Trubisky before the start of the game against the Falcons at Soldier Field on Sunday, Sept., 10, 2017. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Mitch Trubisky takes the field before the start of the game against the Falcons at Soldier Field on Sunday, Sept., 10, 2017. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up for a preseason game against the Browns at Soldier Field on Aug. 31, 2017. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky has a laugh on the field after a preseason game against the Browns at Soldier Field on Aug. 31, 2017. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Mitch Trubisky sit on the bench during the second half of a preseason game against the Cardinals on Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (Ralph Freso / AP)
Bears quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky and Mike Glennon sign autographs after practice at Prospect High School on Aug. 17, 2017. (Kamil Krzaczynski / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Victor Cruz during the first half of the preseason opener against the Broncos at Solider Field on Aug. 10, 2017. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Mitch Trubisky hands the ball off to Deon Bush during the second half of the preseason opener against the Broncos at Solider Field on Aug. 10, 2017. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Mitch Trubisky runs the ball during the second half of the preseason opener against the Broncos at Solider Field on Aug. 10. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Michael Burton celebrates with Mitch Trubisky after Trubisky made a touchdown pass to Victor Cruz during the first half of the preseason opener against the Broncos at Solider Field on Aug. 10, 2017. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky watches the 4th quarter of the game against the Bucs from the sideline on Sept. 17, 2017. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Mitch Trubisky warms up before the the preseason opener against the Broncos at Solider Field on Aug. 10, 2017. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky at training camp on Aug. 7, 2017. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky hands off to Benny Cunningham during training camp on Aug. 7, 2017. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Mitch Trubisky warms up before an exhibition against the Titans on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (Mark Zaleski / AP)
Introduction of the Bears quarterbacks Mark Sanchez (6), Mitch Trubisky (10) and Mike Glennon (8) at Family Fest at Soldier Field on Aug. 5, 2017. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky during the Family Fest at Soldier Field on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up during training camp at Olivet Nazarene University on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 in Bourbonnais. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky practices during training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais on Monday, July 31, 2017. (Alexandra Wimley / Chicago Tribune)
Mitch Trubisky greets fans after an exhibition against the Titans on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Bears won 19-7. (Mark Zaleski / AP)
Mitch Trubisky (10) looks for a receiver as running back Jordan Howard (24) blocks Titans cornerback Brice McCain (23) in the second half of an exhibition on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (Mark Zaleski / AP)
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky talks with members of the press during Bears minicamp at Halas Hall Wednesday June 12, 2019, in Lake Forest, Ill. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune) (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Jim McMahon, left, and Mitchell Trubisky participate in a panel conversation during the Bears100 Celebration at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Rosemont. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune) (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Soldier Field in Chicago on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune) (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) at training camp in Bourbonnais on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune) (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) during warm ups at training camp in Bourbonnais on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune) (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)

Mitch Trubisky still has his job as Bears starting quarterback, and with that power, he has a request for those working around the freshly remodeled Halas Hall.

Could they please turn off all the flat screens airing nonstop analysis of why the 2019 Bears have utterly failed to meet expectations?

The statement, given at Trubisky’s weekly news conference, was immediately mocked on social media. Doesn’t he know how to turn off a TV? But that kind of proved his point. He was, after all, answering a question about how he tunes out the outside negativity.

“You've got too many people talking on TV about us and what they think about us — what we should do, what we are and what we're not,” Trubisky said. “But they don't really know who we are or what we're capable of as people or what we're going through or what we're thinking. It's just the outside viewers looking in.”

It’s hard to blame Trubisky — for that, at least. With each of the Bears’ last three losses, the criticism of him and the calls for his job have grown.

The Bears haven’t given any indication they have considered sitting Trubisky in favor of backup Chase Daniel. But that hasn’t stopped fans and critics from discussing whether a quarterback change is needed.

In honor of the demise of TV at Halas Hall, here’s a good old-fashioned debate about whether the Bears should bench Trubisky.

(Now would be a good time for Trubisky to tune out.)

Through 33 career games, Trubisky has a passer rating of 86. His rating of 80 this season ranks 30th among qualifiers, ahead of only Andy Dalton, Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold, according to Pro Football Reference.

Trubisky’s 1,217 yards this season rank 28th, his 2.3% touchdown percentage is 33rd and his 63% completion percentage is 22nd. One of the best things that can be said of him so far is he has thrown only three interceptions in seven games. But two of them — against the Packers and Chargers — came in the fourth quarter of a one-touchdown game that the Bears ultimately lost.

Of the three aforementioned quarterbacks with lower ratings, the 0-8 Bengals benched Dalton for rookie Ryan Finley. Darnold’s regression has Jets fans calling for the firing of coach Adam Gase. Ditto for Mayfield, the Browns and coach Freddie Kitchens.

Trubisky’s numbers were closer to middle of the road last season, and there should have been a step forward in the offense in Year 2 under coach Matt Nagy. Through half a season, Trubisky’s inconsistency has made that leap impossible, and in turn, the Bears’ lofty postseason goals are nearing unattainable.

And that should be enough to move on.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace’s reputation, perhaps even his legacy, is directly linked to the night in 2017 when he traded up to draft Trubisky with the No. 2 pick.

If the Bears are going to move on from Trubisky — and a benching would likely be the start of that — they had better be positive their quarterback won’t go elsewhere and become the player Pace once envisioned.

The only way they can be comfortable that won’t happen is to continue to test Trubisky the rest of this season, using different strategies on and off the field to get him out of his slump.

Trubisky showed glimpses of promise in 2018 — 354 passing yards and six touchdowns against the Buccaneers, 355 yards and three touchdowns against the Lions. Sure, those performances were against subpar teams, but the Bears would take one of those showings at any point this year.

Who’s to say that’s not still in there?

Nagy said he is willing to try anything — from making Trubisky watch broadcast tape to study his body language to encouraging conversations with past coaches. And Trubisky embraces that.

“It’s been a learning experience … going up and down and having it not going the way you expected it to go,” Trubisky said. “Kind of what we did last year, we’ve got to throw expectations out the window. They don’t really matter. … If you take a step back, you look at it and you say, ‘OK, it is what it is. This is where we’re at right now. How can we fix things? How can we get better from here?’”

Taking into account the Bears’ need to be sure about moving on from Trubisky, the only real reason to sit him is to salvage a shot at the postseason.

The New York Times says the Bears still have a 4% chance to make the playoffs. That drops to 1% if they lose to the Lions on Sunday.

Since 2000, 50 teams have advanced to the playoffs after posting a .500 record or below through their first eight games, according to NFL Communications, including the 3-5 Cowboys and Colts last season. Each team won its ninth game.

“It’s now or never,” wide receiver Anthony Miller said. “It’s win or go home, really, for us, to my knowledge. So we’ve got to win.”

So if a change is going to make a difference, now would be the time to make it.

When Daniel entered the Vikings game after Trubisky injured his left shoulder, he completed 22 of 30 passes for 195 yards in a 16-6 victory. And while the Bears got off to a horrible start against the Raiders in Oakland, Daniel led a comeback to at least make it a game, completing 73% of his passes for 231 yards, tied with Trubisky’s third-best effort this year.

Could Daniel’s presence help provide the spark the Bears need? Would it hurt to try?

There’s a good amount of evidence that Daniel is not the answer to the Bears’ problems on offense.

He has played the majority of four games for the Bears the last two seasons, with two victories to his name.

In the overtime loss to the Giants in 2018, he threw two first-half interceptions, including a pick-six on the first drive of the game. In the loss to the Raiders this season, he threw two interceptions, including one on a drive that could have helped seal a victory.

The only touchdown drive he led against the Vikings was the one he took over for Trubisky at midfield. On Thanksgiving Day against the Lions in 2018, the Bears needed Eddie Jackson’s pick-six to win it.

This isn’t like the Bears turning to a young, unproven — and potentially exciting — quarterback. Daniel is a 33-year-old career backup who is like another coach for Trubisky and is serviceable in a pinch. But he doesn’t appear to be the answer over half a season.

Trubisky’s mistakes aren’t just turnovers, though the aforementioned fourth-quarter interceptions and a lost fumble against the Chargers were particularly costly.

When he misses wide receivers by several yards, as he did when he overshot Taylor Gabriel on what looked like a sure touchdown against the Chargers, or when he fails to see the field correctly to spot an open receiver, there’s potential for the negativity to rub off on other plays and other players. How can he maintain trust with his receivers when he makes such obvious errors?

It’s no wonder Nagy had Trubisky watch that broadcast tape from the Chargers game to study his body language. Bad vibes can snowball.

As Gabriel said when asked generally about the offense’s mistakes: “Negative plays, they affect everybody. It’s just how you bounce back from them.”

Nagy made that much clear after the Eagles game when asked if he considered a move to Daniel at halftime. He didn’t because he blamed more than Trubisky for the Bears netting just 9 yards in the first half.

A failure of those proportions falls on many — from Nagy’s game plan to the offensive line’s issues to drops by Tarik Cohen, David Montgomery and Allen Robinson.

Nagy used that argument when he was asked how his other players are maintaining faith in Trubisky.

“It’s there,” Nagy said. “Here’s how we do it. We look at it as a whole unit. You go back and look at (Sunday’s) game, offensively, there’s a lot more than just one person. … Mitch knows and I know and we all know that it goes to him. He gets it. But there’s a lot of people involved here that we really believe in that it didn’t happen (Sunday). That’s the part that’s really frustrating.”

The public message from the players is that they are not yet at that point.

Gabriel stood up Wednesday and said he still believes in Trubisky. Left tackle Charles Leno said Tuesday the best thing the Bears offense does is stick together. Trubisky said he stresses communication with his teammates so they stay on the same page with their work, mindset and goals.

All three were earnest in their statements, but is there a breaking point? If Trubisky makes another game-deciding turnover or continues to miss wide-open receivers, will the mistakes wear on his teammates? Will the defense begin to resent the heavy load it is forced to carry? Or will those players give up?

Nagy is guarding against such problems, but maybe a quarterback change would help stave off the disgruntlement of his players.

“Defensively I have all the belief in those guys and how they’re going to handle themselves, even after a four-game losing streak,” Nagy said. “What happens is that you see their character jump up even more and you realize that they lead themselves defensively. The whole unit, they feed off of that, so I have confidence they won’t get burned out.”

Trubisky had his second-best game of the 2018 season against the Lions, connecting big with Robinson and Miller to lead a 34-22 victory at Soldier Field.

Nagy is showing clips of that game to his players this week to show what their functioning offense can look like.

Meanwhile, the 2019 Lions have given up 424 yards and 27.1 points per game, both among the six worst in the NFL. They are vulnerable against the run, with opponents rushing for more than 100 yards in seven of eight games. That includes 166 or more in three of their last four games.

It seems like a good time to get rookie running back David Montgomery going, easing some of the pressure on Trubisky.

“We see what we can be,” Trubisky said of watching last year’s Lions game. “Obviously we have the same players we had last year, so we’re capable of creating explosive plays, staying on the field, converting on third downs, scoring touchdowns and having that identity and being the team we want to be. … That was a fun day, and we’re hoping to have more of those in the future.”

And if Trubisky remains on the field — and looks like that — perhaps TV time will be saved at Halas Hall after all.


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