Newly drafted Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was welcomed by Chicago fans with some boos during Game 6 of Bulls’ NBA playoff series with the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN.
The Bears made a shocking move to trade up to select Trubisky at No. 2 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday; Chicago made a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, moving up just one spot in return for giving the 49ers a third- and fourth-round pick this year (picks 67 and 111) and a third-round pick in 2018.
Part of fans’ frustration is the shock that came with picking Trubisky. The Bears signed quarterback Mike Glennon to a three-year deal with $18.5 million guaranteed in the offseason (which was also highly criticized).
You would think a decision like this would involve input from the coaches, but Chicago’s front office was operating by itself. Perhaps they don’t feel too confident in Fox’s future with the franchise considering this is a move that will affect the team for several years.
As for Pace and McCaskey, they clearly saw a guy they wanted, and they took drastic measures to make sure they got him. In addition to the major trade, they set smokescreens, as Mortensen noted, with reports just the day before that they were looking to trade down.
Pace had a necessary seal of secrecy within his own organization because at least two teams, including the Cleveland Browns, had discussed potential trades within the top of the draft to select Trubisky. But Fox, as head coach, was indeed involved and well aware of the options, including the one that led to Pace’s decision to swap the No. 3 slot for the 49ers’ No. 2 slot and subsequently land Trubisky.