Friday, March 11, 2011
Posted: 12:18 p.m.
By John Mullin
The precarious state of negotiations between NFL players and owners continued teetering through Friday but a tiny choice of words by Bears President Ted Phillips on Friday reinforced the impression that the labor situation will be resolved, later if not sooner.
The Bears are not cutting staff or salaries in anticipation of a lockout or other actions that could imperil offseason programs if not 2011 regular-season games at some point.
Our job on a team level is to continue to do everything in our power to be ready when an agreement is reached to bring another championship back to Chicago, Phillips said, and thats what were focused on.
The operative words from Phillips: when an agreement is reached.
Not if. No qualifiers.
Neither Phillips nor Bears Vice Chairman George McCaskey volunteered thoughts on how a resolution of the complex financial issues may ultimately be resolved. And neither questioned the commitment to reaching an agreement by both sides, as some rhetoric began to suggest Thursday.
I do know that the league and the union are meeting with the mediator again today, Phillips said during show of support by Bears players and the organization and others for legislation dealing with concussions in Illinois sports. So until were told otherwise, we all remain hopeful that the game will continue.
Its the best game in the world and everyones working hard at trying to get an agreement.
John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.
Deshaun Watson told ESPN it would be a "slap in the face" if he wasn't the first quarterback picked in this year's NFL Draft. So while he was probably stunned to see Mitchell Trubisky picked No. 2 by the Bears, so was Trubisky.
The Bears traded up one spot to land Trubisky, committing the franchise’s highest draft pick since 1972 to a guy they hadn’t spent a whole lot of face-to-face time with over the last few months.
“I had one workout with them, and then, after that it was just pretty much silence,” Trubisky said. “That’s why I’m surprised to hear my name called because we didn’t have a lot of contact.”
That one workout came around North Carolina’s Pro Day, which took place in March a few days after the combine in Indianapolis. During that private workout with the Bears, Trubisky said he did individual drills and threw routes to his receivers, as well as going through some more detailed work.
“I guess they just wanted to see how I was progressing under center and if I could make all the NFL throws,” Trubisky said. “I think they were impressed with the day I had.”
The Bears appeared to scout Watson and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer heavier than Trubisky, though. That was no secret to Trubisky, which gave the 6-foot-2, 222 pound former Tarheel reason to not expect what went down Thursday night.
“I’m glad they came up and got me at No. 2,” Trubisky said. “I think it shows that they believe in me. And I believe in what Ryan Pace and coach (John) Fox are doing in Chicago, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
General manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday the Bears had come to a consensus on the three best players available in this year’s NFL Draft. One of those players, as it turned out, was North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
The Bears traded the Nos. 3, 67 and 111 picks, as well as a 2018 third-round pick, to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the second overall pick.
Here's what Pro Football Focus wrote on Trubisky:
"Despite being a one-year starter, Trubisky is very polished as a passer playing with good balance and consistent mechanics, which leads him to throw with great accuracy in the short/intermediate passing game. Although he comes from a version of the spread in his college offense, he was asked to do many full field progressions and showed he can click from receiver to receiver quickly and efficiently. Has very good pocket instincts and ability to keep eye level up to see receivers down the field while moving within the pocket. His three-quarters release may lead to more batted balls at the LOS but is likely not a huge issue at the next level. Will need to work on hitting his deep shots with more consistent accuracy to keep defenses from sitting at the break point. Shows all of the tools to develop into a very solid NFL starting quarterback and appears to be the safest option of the 2017 quarterback draft class."
Trubisky completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 3,767 yards with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2016 with North Carolina. The 6-foot-2, 222 pound Ohio native is the sixth quarterback to be taken by the Bears in the top five in franchise history:
Sid Luckman (1939, No. 2 overall)
Bob Williams (1951, No. 2 overall)
Bobby Layne (1948, No. 3 overall)
Johnny Lujack (1946, No. 4 overall)
Jim McMahon (1982, No. 5 overall)