Important numbers Mitchell Trubisky knows beyond Bears' W-L record

Mitchell Trubisky's numbers aren't a lot different than Carson Wentz's, except for one really big one

Mitchell Trubisky isn't a numbers guy.

His idea of meaningful statistics?

"Wins and losses," Trubisky said Wednesday at Halas Hall.

Yet, he did take a look at the numbers in terms of cash received by Carson Wentz when the Eagles quarterback signed a four-year, $128 million deal with $107 million guaranteed.

"It was pretty cool to see," Trubisky said. "He got it done.

"We have the same agent so I got to hear a little more about how they got it done, and from what I heard it was beneficial to the player and the organization."

The agent is Ryan Tollner of Rep 1 Sports, and Wentz still had two years left on his contract when the deal was made. Trubisky came into the league a year behind Wentz and is a year behind in terms of contract renewal.

"They're very happy with it," Trubisky said. "And I know my agents were pumped with it, as well. I’m not very good with the numbers and details and the language of contracts. I just want to play football."

It's thought Trubisky will be up for a contract extension after this season, his third. This could happen beforehand if GM Ryan Pace and the Bears really liked what they were seeing. Still, the Bears have never had it as a policy to give out deals with two years or more remaining on a contract.

Trubisky and Wentz had rookie year numbers not entirely different. Wentz had a 79.3 passer rating and Trubisky 77.5. Wentz's current career rating is 92.5 and Trubisky's is 87.7. Trubisky is 15-11 in his starts and Wentz is 23-17.

Trubisky, over the weekend at the team's 100-year celebration, got to talk with former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon. McMahon said he loved playing in Chicago but he wished he could have played here longer. The Bears traded McMahon in 1989 just before the regular season. He'd been their first draft pick in 1982 when Mike Ditka became head coach.

Trubisky didn't need McMahon to tell him how great he thinks Chicago is. He already knows.

"I think as long as I can play here in Chicago, I want to play this game as long as possible and I want to do it as long as I can here in Chicago," Trubisky said. "I think we’re building something great here, I love the city, I love the fans, I love where I live, I love coming to work at Halas Hall every day, and I love my teammates.

"So for me it’s just taking it one day at a time and embracing the process. That’s the goal for sure."

Trubisky could up his financial situation greatly by producing this season in an offense he and coach Matt Nagy say he has a much firmer grasp of now.

"I think just knowing the offense a lot better, knowing the plays that we are already installing and just going back through them and becoming even more detailed with them, I think that gives you confidence as a player," Trubisky said. "Because when you know where to go with the football you can kind of control the defense more with your eyes and rhythm and anticipate throws as opposed to reacting to throws.

"That is something I have been working on. It’s given me a lot of confidence and just my guys believing in me gives me the most confidence."

Teammates have seen it. It's been a difficult quality for some to describe, but wide receiver Taylor Gabriel did as well as anyone Wednesday.

"Mitch is confident back there, he's confident in switching the play calls," Gabriel said. "He's confident in, I mean, giving us a double move. We've got a lot of double moves out there. He's confident in what he's looking at.

"He's not just trying to figure out what the play is. Now he gets to look up and look at the coverage. So I feel like, like I said, it's just a drastic change from last year."

It's not just offensive players noticing. Cornerback Prince Amukamara sees Trubisky taking charge when he goes against the defense in practice.

"Yeah, and he barks, talks stuff to us a little bit," Amukamara said. "Like, he'll let us know if he's made a good play. Him and his other quarterback friends (Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray) will celebrate and stuff like that.

"And even though some people might say Pro Bowl honors don't matter, I think they do. I think they help with their confidence and it was well-earned, well-deserved what he got last year. And I'm sure that's helped his confidence a little bit because he's been great this offseason."

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Thatbearsguy
Thatbearsguy

they should give him an extension with whatever money is leftover on the salarycap after this season

Duanecoker
Duanecoker

I love what Mitchell has done but would make him play through 2020 before deciding beca use he got a long way to go to be a guy who carries an offense