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Doug Pederson thinks Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky can be the next Carson Wentz

Mitchell Trubisky

The Philadelphia Eagles are arguably the best team in the NFL heading into Week 12. Carson Wentz and company have a 9-1 record while appearing to be on a mission this season. Head coach Doug Pederson believes another promising young quarterback might end up following in Wentz’s footsteps with rookie Mitchell Trubisky of the Chicago Bears possibly being the next breakout gunslinger.

Pederson compared Trubisky to Wentz and believes with the right talent around him there may be a bright future ahead for the North Carolina product, via ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson.

“Oh, for sure, for sure,” Pederson said on a Wednesday conference call. “We knew last year with Carson as a rookie that there were going to be growing pains and we were going to take some lumps. And also, listen, we just weren’t very good as a football team last year, too, and didn’t have the surrounding pieces around Carson. You kind of see in Mitch, you see the arm talent, you see the athleticism, the strength. You see good decisions, the accuracy. You see things that flash on tape that you go, ‘OK, that’s exactly the way Carson was a year ago.'”

Wentz looks like the favorite to win NFL MVP in only his second season. Obviously, there’s still a lot of football left to be played where another player could supplant him, but right now, it may be Wentz’s award to lose.

If Trubisky can get anywhere near Wentz’s level, the Bears will have their quarterback of the future and may be able to contend with the likes of the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions in the highly competitive NFC North division.

In the meantime, the growing pains will continue for the rookie quarterback. Trubisky has played in six games so far this season throwing for 988 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions.