Years from now we’ll know if the Bears made the right move by trading up to go after Mitch Trubisky. It’s going to be an interesting journey and that journey began Friday in Lake Forest with the start of rookie camp.
Trubisky stepped on the practice field for the first time wearing a Bears’ jersey and helmet. He wears number ten and the Bears hope he one day turns into a ten on the quarterback scale. First he has to take baby steps beginning with learning the offense.
“We’re trying to teach him our offense,” says head coach John Fox. “These guys are all babes in the woods. I don’t care where you draft them or how they get here.”
Trubisky fumbled a snap early on in the session. He worked out of the shotgun in college so taking snaps from center is the first adjustment he needs to make as a pro.
“It’s not going to be perfect every time,” says Trubisky. “I mean we’re out here playing with guys we’ve never played with before, so when something like that happens you just come back repetition even more.”
There was also time spent working on his footwork, but when they moved beyond that and went through drills Trubisky looked comfortable and showed the athleticism and some of the other characteristics that the Bears saw in him when they drafted him.
“He’s very accurate. Very smart,” says Fox. “He’s got good football character as far as transferring things from the meeting room to the field.”
“We gave him a big install and he handled it,” says offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. “We wanted him to feel stress a little bit and understand how different the games is and to this point right now he’s responded well.”
Trubisky says he and fellow quarterback Mike Glennon have not yet met face-to-face, but they have been texting back and forth. Trubisky doesn’t forsee any problems with the two of them getting along, but he does expect both of them to come out and compete.
“We know Mike’s the starter, but competition brings out the best in everyone so I’m going to come out here and compete,” says Trubisky. “But we know Mike’s the starter so it’s my job to support him. I’m just here to be a great teammate and continue to get better.”
Rookie camp runs through Sunday.