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Old Friend (Or Foe) Alert: Former Bears QB Mitch Trubisky to Start in Return to Chicago

A former Bears’ first-round pick returns to Soldier Field in new colors on Saturday to take on his old team.

Mitch Trubisky
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The Chicago Bears take on the Buffalo Bills this Saturday at Soldier Field as both teams continue to prepare for the 2021 NFL regular season. Typically, a Week 2 preseason game wouldn’t mean much. However, this matchup has an intriguing storyline heading into it. Not only do the Bills come to Chicago this weekend, but so does an old friend (or foe), depending on one’s feelings.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past seven months, Mitchell Trubisky makes his return to the place he called home for four years. Furthermore, Bills head coach Sean McDermott named him the starting quarterback for this game.

Trubisky, a 2017 first-round pick of the Bears, will get considerable playing time against his former team. If Trubisky happens to play long enough into the game, he will go head-to-head against Justin Fields. Fields just happens to be the Bears 2021 first-round pick and he’s widely viewed as Chicago’s franchise quarterback of the future.

The ex-Bear will most likely get a mixed reaction from the Chicago crowd on Saturday. It wouldn’t be surprising to hear a chorus of boos mixed in with a few cheers. Trubisky returning to Soldier Field will make what would be a boring preseason game a compelling event instead, especially after his recent comments that seemed to be a passive jab at the Bears organization.

Trubisky’s Bears Career

Here is a look at Trubisky’s stats over his Bears career:

Passing Table
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% 1D Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD AV
201723CHIQB1012124-8-019633059.4219372.172.1100706.66.111.2182.877.532.4311965.535.058.6017
2018*24CHIQB10141411-3-028943466.63223245.5122.8163707.47.311.2230.295.471.0241436.726.595.21213
201925CHIQB1015158-7-032651663.23138173.3101.9156536.15.99.6209.283.041.5382345.245.046.9338
202026CHIQB101096-3-019929767.02055165.482.7124536.96.810.3205.593.561.3181256.136.005.7117
Career515029-21-01010157764.010609644.1372.3543706.76.510.5208.087.21116985.875.646.65735
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/19/2021.

When Ryan Pace traded up to select Trubisky second overall in 2017, a sense of shock came over the city of Chicago. Seemingly nobody outside of Pace and the rest of the Bears’ front office brass envisioned that course of action. Like it or not, fans had no other choice but to see what the North Carolina product could do.

Outside of a 2018 playoff appearance that was greatly aided by a stellar defense, Trubisky’s time in Chicago was a tumultuous series of events. The Bears returned to the playoffs in Trubisky’s final season, but it was a contentious situation considering Chicago declined the signal caller’s fifth-year option and brought in veteran Nick Foles, who ended up splitting time with Trubisky in 2020.

Now with memories of the past four years still fresh in the mind, Trubisky will return to the home of the team that drafted him in a new uniform as he begins the post-Bears chapter of his NFL career.


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