Each season, NFL quarterbacks fail to meet expectations for their production and are replaced benched. Who are the five most likely in 2020?
During the 2020 NFL season, like every season before it, we will see presumptive Week 1 starting quarterbacks eventually benched in favor of their backups. This will come likely as the result of poor play from the incumbent, and a fresh new talent on the roster behind them.
So, which men may find themselves relegated to clipboard duty this year?
Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears
Perhaps the easiest candidate to place on the list is the 2017 second-overall pick.
In three years and 41 career games as a starter, Trubisky has been less than stellar, passing for only 48 touchdowns and 29 interceptions, and adding a staggering 21 fumbles to the stat sheet. It has not helped that he’s been sacked 93 times in that span – but poor ball control and poor game management have led to many of his issues.
The team chose not to pick up Trubisky’s fifth-year team option, essentially declaring they would likely not be seeking a long-term extension.
This means a couple of things for Trubisky and the Bears. The team has no urgency, necessity or obligation to continue trying to make it work, and he’s likely to have a short leash.
Maybe Trubisky lights the world on fire in year three. But, it’s more likely that he’s among the first NFL quarterbacks benched this season.