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Trubisky's terrible 2019 - Bears starter facing steep climb to revive Chicago career

By Sports Desk September 05, 2020

The Chicago Bears have opted to stick with 2017 second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback for the 2020 season.

Regarded by many as a bust after failing to live up to his draft status, most expected Trubisky to be benched, with the Bears having rejected the chance to pick up the fifth-year option in his contract and then traded for Super Bowl LII hero Nick Foles.

However, reports on Friday said the Bears have gone with Trubisky over Foles and he will be under centre when they begin the 2020 campaign against the Detroit Lions a week on Sunday.

Few expect Trubisky to revive his career in Chicago after a dismal 2019. Here we look at the key stats from last season to illustrate just how big his turnaround will have to be.

 

YARDS PER ATTEMPT - LAST (32nd)

Though Trubisky came into the league boasting an impressive arm, he has struggled pushing the ball downfield and averaged just 6.08 yards per pass attempt. That number was 32nd and last among players to average 14 throws a game in 2019.

TD PERCENTAGE - 30th

Trubisky threw for 17 touchdowns from 516 pass attempts, equating to a TD percentage of 3.3. Only Andy Dalton (3) and Joe Flacco (2.3) fared worse among qualifying quarterbacks.

INT PERCENTAGE - 15th

The former North Carolina QB performed better in terms of protecting the ball. He threw 10 interceptions, with his INT percentage of 1.9 firmly in the middle of the pack.

RATING - 28th

Quarterback rating is not seen as a perfect measure of performance at the league's most important position but it does reflect Trubisky's struggles last year. His rating of 83 was 28th of 32 qualifiers.

BIG PLAYS - TIED 25th

Despite having a top-tier wide receiver in Allen Robinson and a talented young pass-catcher in Anthony Miller, Trubisky had just 20 passing plays of 25 yards or more. Jameis Winston, whom the Bears could have signed before he inked a deal with the New Orleans Saints, led the league with 54.

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