Trubisky Sees Path Toward Something Special

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- The sour taste and the bitter end of the Bears' season remained present for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky as he went into this offseason. 

There were the memories that a close-knit team shared and the success they envisioned together but also the prevailing devastation of how it all ended with a heartbreaking playoff loss last January. It all conflated together for Trubisky.

What was accomplished by the Bears with a 12-4 record and NFC North title was mixed with that 16-15 setback to the Eagles in the wild-card round.

"It just had to take a little time after the season, the way it ended," Trubisky said Saturday. "We came a long way and we did a lot of great things, but it didn't end the way we wanted it to. So, this year, it's just that motivating factor and having that chip on the shoulder to build off last year and go even further in the playoffs than we did.

"At the same time, you look back and we did some very exciting things and it was very fun to be a part of. We've got everyone coming back from last year. We got to do bigger and better things this year."

The Bears may only go as far as the 24-year-old Trubisky leads them as he enters his third season in the league. He has handled the highs and lows of his tall task of leading Chicago's team and embraced the spotlight of his position.

Trubisky spent Saturday outside Wrigley Field meeting with fans on behalf of Gone Rogue Snacks, a protein chip he as a health nut enjoys. The first of several hundred fans lined up at midnight to get his place to meet Trubisky.

In 2018, Trubisky took a major step forward under the watch of first-year coach Matt Nagy. He completed 66.6 percent of his passes and threw for 24 touchdowns and 3,223 yards, leading the Bears to their first playoff berth since the 2010 season. 

Throughout their success last season, the Bears established a new culture they hope can guide them forward. Nagy's arrival to the team helped create a strong chemistry.

"We know that's one of the biggest reasons why we did have success -- the brotherhood, the chemistry in our locker room and the belief we have in each other," Trubisky said. "That is definitely a pillar of this organization and this team, now and moving forward. 

"I can't talk highly enough of coach Nagy and the things he's been able to do. His competitiveness and his passion are second to none. Just how real and genuine he is as a person is contagious. As a player, that's exactly what you want in your coach. Somebody who's just authentic with you and believes in you. 

"He brings everyone together. He really set the tone in our locker room. There was no doubt about it -- we were going to win once he set that tone."

The challenge now for Trubisky is to grow from all he has encountered and emerge from being a good quarterback to a great quarterback. The Bears need Trubisky to be the reason why they win games, go deeper into the playoffs and fight for a championship.

Super Bowl titles are won by the best quarterbacks in the game. It's the standard to which Trubisky holds himself as a leader.

"I'm nowhere close to where I want to be, but I think I'm on the right path," Trubisky said. "That's encouraging. But I always tell myself the sky's the limit. Don't put any limitations on what you can accomplish or how good you can be. I feel like I'm just scratching the surface.

"It comes from just how I was raised, who I am as a person and what I want to accomplish in my life. I just never want to settle for anything less of what I think I'm capable of doing."

The stories of Trubisky's work ethic are known-well at Halas Hall, where he spends long hours during the season. It's all part of his process.

What was accomplished by the Bears in 2018 -- and what they fell short of achieving -- is all part of the drive behind Trubisky. What he does with the opportunity ahead will ultimately define his career in Chicago.

Trubisky knows he can only consider himself as the best if he hoists the Lombardi Trophy. He hopes to lead the Bears there.

"The goal is that Super Bowl," he said. "Everybody knows that. We got the people and the talent to do it."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​