Bears' Mitchell Trubisky Motivated Entering Year 2

"I know what I'm capable of," Trubisky says.

Dan Bernstein Show
July 02, 2018 - 12:02 pm
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(670 The Score) The Bears are a team built around 23-year-old quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the second overall pick in 2017 in whom they have greatly invested.

Coach Matt Nagy was hired as head coach in January in part to develop Trubisky into what the Bears believe he can be, and the team invested in free agents like receiver Allen Robinson and tight end Trey Burton to give him better weapons.

It's all a part of the unwavering confidence general manager Ryan Pace has that Trubisky will be a franchise quarterback and the reason for success ahead for the Bears. 

"No pressure, right," Trubisky said with a laugh on the Bernstein & McKnight Show on Monday.

"I've learned about my role and the impact I can have on and off the field. For me, I'm always trying to have a positive impact."

The Bears are now just more than two weeks away from reporting to training camp at Olivet Nazarene, which marks the beginning of Trubisky's second season as quarterback and his first full year anointed as the team's starter. Trubisky took over for veteran Mike Glennon four games into last season and never looked back.

Trubisky finished his rookie year completing 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,193 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Bears went 4-8 during his dozen starts as they were hampered by injuries, inconsistencies and a subpar supporting cast.

After putting new pieces around Trubisky -- including Nagy, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and offensive analyst Brad Childress joining returning quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone -- the support system is stronger along with more weapons available on offense.

The Bears believe they will reveal the best of Trubisky with the right grouping around him.

"Everybody's got their outside opinions," Trubisky said. "I've already been written off and called a bunch of things in the past just from one year. But I know what I'm capable of, and I know the pieces that we have in our locker room, what coach Nagy has brought to the Chicago Bears. I'm looking forward to the season. 

"I have so many brilliant quarterback minds around me. The experience they have is invaluable. I'm trying to be a sponge in that room and gain as much information. I can't appreciate more how they help me day in and day out."

Trubisky spent the early portion of the offseason working out in California before returning to Chicago with his team for its offseason program. With minicamp concluding in early June, Trubisky spent time back in North Carolina and home in Ohio before coming back to Chicago and preparing himself for the season.

On Monday, Trubisky was conducting a kids camp in part with Gatorade. There's a bit of down time mixed in with training for the year, but there's one constant for Trubisky.

"There's not a day that goes by I don't think about football," he said, "and how I can continue to get better."