Trubisky's goal at Bears rookie minicamp: Get better every single play
Just because the Bears' plan calls for rookie Mitch Trubisky to sit behind starting quarterback Mike Glennon this year, it doesn't mean the first-round pick must accept his fate.
"We know Mike's the starter, but competition brings out the best in everyone," Trubisky said. "I'm going to come out here and compete. But Mike is the starter, so it's my job to support him and make sure everything I do I can help him as well. I'm just here to be a great teammate, continue to get better and make sure the Chicago Bears are winning."
After the three-day rookie minicamp ends Sunday, Glennon will get the majority of snaps with starters in organized team activities later this month and in June. The same will be true in the full-team minicamp (June 13-15) and when training camp begins in late July. Trubisky will share the leftover snaps with Mark Sanchez and Connor Shaw.
For this weekend, however, Trubisky is the man. There are two undrafted rookie QBs at Halas Hall on a tryout basis, but Trubisky is the focal point.
"When I'm out there, they want to see me run the show," he said. "It's controlling the huddle, controlling the line of scrimmage, knowing my job and just executing it to a 'T'.
"Just get better every single play. Learn as much as I can. Be coachable. And be a great leader out here."
Trubisky threw tight spirals into small windows Friday morning, and his accuracy was impressive.
Of the 67 players competing this weekend, 57 likely won't make it to training camp, where the learning curve gets much steeper.
Although his playing time and practice time will be limited in camp, the expectations for Trubisky will remain high.
"The expectation for him is to come in and develop as fast as possible," offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. "He gets a great opportunity to sit behind Mike Glennon -- the guy's a pro. He gets a chance to learn and grow in the system. Those are the only expectations, that he gets better every day."
Trubisky knows the drill because for two years at North Carolina he sat behind a less talented Marquise Williams while waiting his turn to start.
"I know how to do that," he said. "It's just my job to come in and continue to make the quarterback room better, make those guys better and get them ready to play."
Considering Trubisky made just 13 starts at North Carolina, Bears coach John Fox pointed out he has far to go. And, as much as he wants to play, Trubisky knows it will be a process without an exact timetable.
"I really feel like I just scratched the surface in college, and I'm really just getting started," he said. "Everything I do, I do with a chip on my shoulder, so I'm out here trying to prove myself every day, and when I get my opportunity, try to make the most of it."
That plan worked at North Carolina, where Trubisky became the second player picked in the draft after one year as a starter.
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