The Chicago Bears, originally holding pick No. 3, traded up one spot and sent another handful of picks to the San Francisco 49ers in order to land North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. "You gotta drive that beat up auto here that you got".
I remember the 2011 NFC Championship game like it was yesterday.
But it makes all the sense in the world for the Bears to allow the 49ers to "fleece" them in exchange for a one-pick move.
"For sure, 100 percent on that", he said.
"You gotta promise me one thing", Pace said. The move was unexpected since the Bears have already signed Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million deal to be their starting signal caller.
"I think that's kind of outside of my control", he said.More news: Chicago Bears make another trade, draft TE Shaheen
If the Bears, and their fans, are patient with Trubisky, he could very well develop into the type of quarterback that can carry a team to a Super Bowl. "I don't know when that tweet is from". It made me cherish it and not take it for granted. The Bears worked out Patrick Mahomes, attended DeShaun Waton's pro day and sat down with DeShone Kizer. "It's all handled!" That's a comforting thought right now, but at some point Trubisky will have to get on the field and actually be the player the Bears paid so much for. "So, I've been around a lot of football". At least it shows the Saints are going for it with Drew Brees in a contract year, which I appreciate. They might have taken him at No. 2, leaving Chicago to take the UNC QB at No. 3.
Head coach John Fox was not consulted until merely hours before the draft about the Bears' decision to trade up to draft Trubisky at No. 2. He compared his potential with standout National Football League quarterbacks Tom Brady and Cam Newton in a predraft interview, but three other QBs - Mitch Trubisky to the Bears, Patrick Mahomes to the Chiefs and Deshaun Watson to the Texans - were among the first 12 selections.
Yes and no. I have zero problem with Pace falling in love with a quarterback and selecting him in the first round.
"I think that experience helps me a lot for this situation", he said. "And I'm very happy I did". During that period, the Bears hope that Trubisky is ready to become their starter. "It was all a complete mystery and a huge surprise". The selection of Trubisky does not bode well for Glennon's long-term future, but for 2017, it should have little bearing.
Pace isn't anxious about it.
We have a feeling that Trubisky will be seeking a new ride once he gets that first paycheck. "We'll focus on Mitch's development and Mike Glennon winning games for the Chicago Bears", said Pace.