The Bears are currently in rebuild mode. They currently have a solid defense but they still need stability in their offense especially at the quarterback and runningback position. Because of the rookies they drafted, they may very well be in good hands to be competitive in the future.
Many people were shocked and even laughed when the Chicago Bears traded two third-round picks and a fourth-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers to move one spot up and select North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft. Going into week 4, the Bears have opted to start free-agent signee Mike Glennon at quarterback but Trubisky is the future of that franchise; one that hasn’t had a rich history at that position.
Although Trubisky didn’t see the team success like his fellow rookie Deshaun Watson, he achieved excellent individual success in his final college year. In 2016, he threw for 3,748 yards and 30 touchdowns. This earned him a spot on the All-ACC third team; a conference which had Heisman winner Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson. He also had an impressive preseason throwing for 364 yards and 3 touchdowns.
I personally think Trubisky should start as he’s probably the Bears best option to win. I’m aware they want him to sit back and learn but not a lot of learning will be done behind Mike Glennon as he’s no Brett Favre to Trubisky’s Aaron Rodgers. Glennon hasn’t played horribly bad this season so far, so there isn’t the urgency to play Trubisky. Last season, Dak Prescott attributed much of his success to his friend and mentor; backup quarterback Mark Sanchez who is currently on the Bears, so that is an interesting side note. Unless Glennon has an abysmal game, Trubisky probably won’t see the field against the Packers Thursday.
A pleasant surprise for the Bears this season has been the emergence of their rookie runningback. Being drafted in the fourth round out of North Carolina A&T, Cohen has drawn comparisons to Darren Sproles by analysts. In college and so far this season, he has proven to be a tremendous weapon in both the run and pass game.
In his four years at NC A&T, Cohen ran for a total of 5,619 yards and 56 touchdowns. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his college seasons. In his senior year, he ran for over 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns which led him to winning the Deacon Jones Trophy, an award that goes to the best athlete among teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The addition of Cohen has had wonderful effects for Bears offense. He and second-year runningback Jordan Howard have become a deadly one-two punch for that offense, being the smaller and quicker of the two. As the handcuff, in his first three games, Cohen has 157 yards rushing and another 126 yards receiving. He has also proven to be a good kickoff/punt returner much like Sproles is. The combination of Howard and Cohen will be the Packers biggest defensive challenge going into Thursday at Lambeau