Pace On Trubisky: 'Mitch Is Our Starter'

"It's never going to be linear," Ryan Pace says. "There's going to be ups and downs."

Chris Emma
December 31, 2019 - 10:18 am

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The Bears are continuing to stand steadfastly behind embattled quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

The Bears are moving forward with the expectation that Trubisky will be their starter in 2020, general manager Ryan Pace said at a season-ending press conference Tuesday.

"Yes, we do," Pace said when asked if Trubisky has shown enough to be the "unquestioned No. 1" going into next season. "And I think with Mitch, as we go through it, we need more time in the coming months to evaluate everything, but the first thing that comes to mind for me is just consistency. You see moments. You see games. But for him, it's stringing together better consistency. You have the peaks and valleys. We just need to flatten that out.

"It's never going to be linear. There's going to be ups and downs. And you've seen moments this year. You've seen games. You've seen him respond to adverse situations within a game. Those are signs of positive improvement. We just need to smooth out those inconsistencies. I think it's just growth as a young quarterback. I think there's things happening around him. It's not just him, and he knows he needs to get better in those areas."

Trubisky, 25, posted a 40.0 QBR, an all-encompassing metric of a quarterback's play. That was the fourth-worst mark of any qualifying quarterback in the NFL. Trubisky completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 3,138 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions over 15 starts. His completion percentage, touchdowns and yards per attempt (6.1) all took downturns from 2018, when Trubisky was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate.

The Bears were 29th in scoring (17.5 points) and 29th in total offense (296.8 yards) in 2019.

Trubisky has led the Bears to a 23-18 mark over 41 starts in three NFL seasons. The Bears drafted Trubisky second overall in 2017 after moving up in a trade from the third pick. 

Pace declined to answer a question about whether the Bears will pick up Trubisky's fifth-year option this offseason, indicating that decision will come later after more evaluation. Pace was more clear in where Trubisky stands after the Bears went a disappointing 8-8 this past season, which began with championship expectations.

"Mitch is our quarterback," Pace said.