This Mitchell Trubisky interception should remind Bears why new contract is bad idea

Mitchell Trubisky’s days in Chicago appeared to be numbered, but an ESPN report Sunday morning suggested the Bears would consider bringing their quarterback back in 2021. If that’s the case, Trubisky didn’t help his cause with one pass in particular against the Jaguars. 

Late in the first half against the Jaguars, Trubisky scrambled to try and keep a play alive. He eventually threw on the run toward the right corner of the end zone. There were five Jacksonville defenders in the area.

As expected, given it’s the much-maligned Trubisky throwing toward a mass of opposing defenders, the pass was picked off. Jaguars linebacker Joe Schobert did the honors. Chicago coach Matt Nagy could be seen on the broadcast with his hands on his hips, his lack of emotion saying it all.

Trubisky had made a much better throw earlier in the first half, threading the needle from the 5-yard line for a Jimmy Graham touchdown that prompted cheers from the home Jacksonville fans. Even a needle couldn’t have threaded the traffic Trubisky threw into on his interception, though.

The Bears have a free agency decision to make on Trubisky because they declined his fifth-year option in May. Chicago looked set to move on with Nick Foles as the franchise’s starting quarterback. But Foles was injured in Week 10 and hasn’t gotten his job back.

Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, has mostly played well since taking the reins back. He threw three touchdowns both in Week 12 and in Week 14, and consecutive wins in Weeks 14 and 15 kept the Bears in the playoff hunt. ESPN’s Adam Schefter writes that Trubisky’s chances of being brought back in Chicago would be even greater if the Bears make the playoffs. 

Despite Trubisky’s bad interception Sunday, Chicago looked mostly in control against a one-win Jacksonville team. If the Bears win, they control their own destiny in Week 17 since the Cardinals lost Saturday. Two wins to close the season send Chicago and Trubisky to the playoffs, maybe adding years to his Bears tenure. 

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