Ragone, Bears Reminding Trubisky Of Right Standards

Dave Ragone doesn't want Mitchell Trubisky to get caught up in comparisons.

Chris Emma
October 15, 2019 - 4:50 pm
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- When the Bears were set to go on the clock with their initial selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, they wanted no quarterback other than Mitchell Trubisky. So they traded up one slot to No. 2 overall and selected him.

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The alternatives to Trubisky were Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, who would be selected at No. 10 by the Chiefs and No. 12 by the Texans, respectively. Both Mahomes and Watson have outplayed Trubisky now six weeks into their third NFL seasons, which brought scrutiny to the play of Trubisky.

While the 25-year-old Trubisky manages not only local pressure in Chicago but also national expectations against his peers, Bears quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone's goal is to keep him steady. He has been reminding Trubisky to remain focused on the standards set inside Halas Hall. 

It's something Ragone and Trubisky took from a 2017 meeting with future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.

"The best I've ever been around here, the standard is to themselves," Ragone said. "Not to how other guys are playing. Trust me, I get how that could be a natural comparison to people outside this building. I'm not saying that's not legitimate.

"At the end of the day, what we need from Mitchell, just like every player, we need him to execute the game plan, the fundamentals the way we want him to -- at a high level. There is no magic timetable with that. But once you become consistent in doing that, then all of a sudden a lot of the other things kind of take care of themselves because it doesn't matter.

"I'm seeing a guy growing up. I'm seeing a maturity. I'm seeing a guy becoming an older person, 25 -- he's been in the league since he was 22. You're seeing those things. Are they measured in quarterback rating and all that? I don't know. Obviously, the end goal is for a high, successful production. That's everybody's goal."

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Trubisky is now 30 starts into his NFL career, having completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 6,004 yards, 34 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. While he was named a Pro Bowl alternate last January, Mahomes was honored as league Most Valuable Player and is a candidate for that award again this season. So too is Watson, who's having a strong third season.

The Bears have already played two primetime games and have three remaining on their schedule. That means more scrutiny for Trubisky as the national broadcasts dissect his play and offer the natural comparisons. 

Each game seems to be a referendum on Trubisky as a franchise quarterback. Ragone is well aware of that.

"At the end of the day, when he steps in between the white lines, he gets those 60 minutes and maybe some more in overtime," Ragone said. "But he gets those 60 minutes to go play football. It's not to prove anybody wrong. It's to prove yourself right, that you are ready to execute the game plan. 

"It's not the other way where you're trying to prove the naysayers wrong. You're trying to prove yourself more important that you are right, you are doing the right things. I guess I look at it from a wider lense.

"He is, in my opinion, pointing in the right direction."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.