According to rumors around the league, the only way that the Chicago Bears embattled quarterback Mitch Trubisky would be able to save his job would be by making a deep run in the playoffs.
That didn’t happen, with the New Orleans Saints easily cruising to a 21-9 win over the Bears in their Super Wild-Card matchup on Sunday.
Earlier in the season, Trubisky was benched in Week 3 after a slow start leading the offense. The team was handed over to journeyman quarterback Nick Foles, who quickly showed that he was not the answer at quarterback either.
Trubisky then got his job back in Week 12 and showed significant improvement in his play at the end of the regular season. However, reports claimed that the improvement he showed wouldn’t be enough to save his job unless he led a deep playoff run.
The New Orleans Saints and their veteran quarterback Drew Brees made sure that wasn’t going to happen. Brees threw two touchdown passes and star running back Alvin Kamara ran in another one to give the Saints an easy 21-9 win.
Trubisky went 19 of 29 for 199 yards and threw one touchdown at the end of the game that was completely inconsequential as the Saints had already secured the victory. The Bears were also poor in the running game, managing only 48 yards from scrimmage on the ground.
The Saints will face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the next round, a team that they have already beaten twice this year.
The Bears will have a very important offseason ahead of them in which they will have to decide whether they are going to give Trubisky another shot or move on from him and find another quarterback.