Pat Mahomes added to his historic start in Kansas City on Sunday when he threw for 326 yards and six touchdowns in a win over Pittsburgh.
While his stock is reaching astronomical levels so early in his career, it’s a different story in Chicago.
It isn’t fair to say Mitch Trubisky has been a disappointment so far in his career given the hand he was dealt last year with abysmal receivers and an incoherent coach, but it’s easy to admit he hasn’t been excellent.
None of those numbers are ideal for a former second overall pick but rarely do quarterbacks come into the league and perform as Mahomes has.
Here is a look at how some currently successful quarterbacks in the NFL fared in their first season in the pros, with exception to Matthew Stafford, which counts his first 13 games.
A couple things stand out immediately by looking at Trubisky’s numbers compared to Brees, Ryan, Smith, Wentz and Stafford.
They all threw significantly more touchdowns and interceptions than Trubisky while also amassing more yards.
The main reason for this is that this is only counting Trubisky’s first 14 games as a pro, while everyone else’s stats are from their first full season with the exception of Stafford. Considering that their completion percentage and passer ratings are similar, there’s no reason to think that Trubisky wouldn’t be close to the same numbers if he was given a full season.
Statistics aside, they all came into the league in similar situations, as they were young quarterbacks taken early in the draft to a struggling team lacking offensive explosiveness.
It should also be noted that Trubisky had less college experience than any player listed above. The questions asked about these players were the same asked now with Trubisky.
- Was it a mistake taking this guy so early?
- Should they have drafted another player, or better yet, another quarterback?
The answer to any question at this point is simply unanswerable. Until Trubisky is given a full season or two getting comfortable with the playbook and the offense, it’s irrational to think he’s a bust or that the Bears would be better off with someone else.
Until that time, enjoy watching the growth and development of Trubisky as he should improve with each week. Be patient. The Bears aren’t the Philadelphia 76ers, but trusting the process can go a long way here.