The move comes after the Bears’ latest loss and after they paid a handsome sum in the 2017 NFL Draft to move up one spot in order to take the young quarterback out of UNC.
Sitting at 1-3 and last place in the NFC North, Trubisky will have to climb quite the mountain to bring the Bears back into the playoff picture, and his first two games are anything but an easy start.
Trubisky’s debut will be at home under some of the brightest lights in the league, “Monday Night Football,” against the stout defence of the Minnesota Vikings. After that, Trubisky will play his first NFL road game in Baltimore against the Ravens, who sport one of the most dominant home-field advantages in the league.
It’s a rough stretch of games for any quarterback, but this one feels especially daunting for a rookie making his NFL debut. If the Vikings’ fourth-ranked run defence can shut down the Bears’ two most effective offensive weapons in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, Trubisky might be forced to give up the role of “game manager” in favour of playing a bit of hero-ball in his debut.
Trubisky’s schedule doesn’t get much easier from there, with games against the Panthers, Packers, Lions, and Eagles all coming up in the next two months.
Trubisky will be the third rookie quarterback to make his debut this season, with DeShone Kizer of the Browns struggling out of the gate and Deshaun Watson leading the Texans back to 2-2 after winning the starting job from Tom Savage after Week 1.
Making his debut on Monday Night Football, Trubisky already finds himself in impressive company.
We’ve seen rookies have success in the league right out the gate, most recently from Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys last season, and Trubisky looked solid in the preseason action he had earlier in the year. But facing down a tough defence on national television before going on the road to take on one of the most dominant home teams in recent memory, Trubisky won’t have a lot of time to get his sea legs under him.
Over the last 30 seasons, only 3 1st-round pick QBs made their 1st career start on Monday Night Football
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