As the world watched Khalil Mack look like the best player in the NFL for a half Sunday night, and fantasy football owners freaked out about the knee injury to Aaron Rodgers, the Chicago Bears appeared to have an issue with starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky throwing to his left.
Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft from North Carolina, completed 23 of 35 passes for 171 yards and added 32 rushing yards with a touchdown and a lost fumble. The Bears somehow blew the game — losing 24-23 to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field —and fans were looking right at Trubisky to blame or defend for a big lead slipping away.
Twitter is such a fascinating place. For everything one might love, someone else truly hates, and it becomes a jumbled mess of emotions. There is also plenty of comedic value, too, like when “Mitch Trubisky has a Derek Zoolander Problem” pops up in the “Moments” tab.
For those unfamiliar with the movie reference, Derek Zoolander, who was played by Ben Stiller in the 2001 comedy, was a male model who struggled turning left. Apparently, the 6-foot-3 Trubisky has the same problem.
Thank you to Twitter for the fun headline and for The Athletic’s Arif Hasan for pointing this out.
Whether it’s a matter of comfort, mechanics, or both, this is kind of crazy. How does a quarterback who threw for 4,762 with the Tar Heels in college and 2,193 yards as a rookie for the Bears in 2017 have this kind of problem?
This wasn’t just a one night thing, either. Trubisky threw over four times more to the right than he did the left last season. The completion percentage to the right was 62.7 percent as opposed to 37.8 percent to the left.
This is the NFL. It has to be so obvious on film.
Only time will tell if Mitchell Trubisky ever gets comfortable throwing to the left, but we can all have a little chuckle in the meantime.