Possible Paths for Mitchell Trubisky. Is This Goodbye?

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If you were to go on Twitter last Saturday night, you might get the sense that the Bears declining his 5th year option was a death sentence, and that all possible paths for Mitchell Trubisky lead straight to the slimy gutter where washed up QBs congregate. The negativity dominated and spread through social media like Marian Hossa’s rash. Perhaps the news was released purposefully that day, rather than waiting until Monday’s deadline, because the next episode of “The Last Dance” was soon to be televised. Nothing like showcasing MJ and the Bulls teams of the 90s to distract every Chicago sports fan on the planet. The highway to hell mentality whimpered out a bit, and rays of hope for Mitch began to re-surface on my feed.

The Paths

So what are the possible paths for Mitch moving forward? I saw one tweet by a well-regarded Chicago sports journalist that said Mitch can become Kevin White or Kyle Fuller. I get it I suppose, but either he never plays a another snap or becomes a perennial pro bowler? As the boys on ESPN would say…c’mon man. In reality, there are roughly seven scenarios, each with minor discrepancies of course, so lets break them down to discover the possible paths for Mitchell Trubisky:

  1. Mitch never takes another snap in the NFL. He takes a job as the director of social media at Wendy’s.
  2. Mitch never takes a snap as a member of the Bears again. He becomes a serviceable backup on the Jaguars for a couple of years before retiring to an Alpaca farm in Buenos Aires.
  3. Mitch never takes a snap as a member of the Bears again. He becomes a star on the Patriots, but only after Bill Bellichick suffers a stroke from trying to teach him how to read defenses.
  4. Mitch starts the year as a backup, replaces Foles due to injury or bad play, and doesn’t play well enough to earn another contract with the Bears. He starts a Twitch stream with Kyle Long.
  5. Mitch beats out Foles in training camp only to play poorly and not earn another contract with the Bears. He tries to reconnect with his roots by working with his dad and 3 brothers in a coal mine located in his hometown. He learns how to turn left.
  6. Mitch starts the year as a backup and replaces Foles due to injury or bad play. He leads the Bears deep into the playoffs earning himself a second contract with the Bears. He smokes cigars and gambles with MJ on the reg.
  7. Mitch beats out Foles in training camp, and his miraculous play on the field leads to a long term, lucrative contract with the Bears. He takes on a second job as a magician as this is what he’s always ever truly wanted to be.

Widdling it Down

Frankly, all of these possible paths for Mitchell Trubisky are unlikely, but lets figure out which one is the MOST likely. We can start by eliminating the obvious one: Number 1. Mitch will land somewhere if he isn’t resigned by the Bears, and there is no way he has the media magic to outperform whoever is currently running Wendy’s social media accounts.

Wendy's Roasts

I’m also not confident in any scenario where Mitch starts the year as a backup and replaces Foles due to bad play or injury, so cross off 4 and 6. If Foles is our starting QB to begin the season, don’t bet on seeing Mitch on the field for the Bears again. That leaves 2,3,5, and 7, and there is only 1 good scenario here for Mitch, and it’s the most extreme of all: beating out Foles in training camp, and his miraculous play on the field leads to a long term, lucrative contract with the Bears. He takes on a second job as a magician, as this is what he’s always ever truly wanted to be.

The Prediction

Some would say that means there is a 25% chance of things working out the way it was all planned to. That sounds high considering how tumultuous things have gotten, especially while every fan’s frustration is building with every passing day of quarantine. However, I think that figure is actually pretty low. I believe in his talent, but in 2019, he had a single year of regression driven by a shaky offensive line, 4th string TE play, dropped balls by wide receivers, and some confidence issues. All 4 will be improved this year. Why? I dunno. That’s what I choose to believe, I suppose. But what I am sure of is this: competition brings out the best in football players. The magic is there, and Mitch is going to discover it within himself come the start of camp in July.

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