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Mark Helfrich compares Mitchell Trubisky to Marcus Mariota

Mitchell Trubisky, Bears

In his first season in the league, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky showed much reason for optimism with his play on the field.

It has already garnered praise from Bears newly hired offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, who compared him to his former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

“I see a lot. I think Mitchell has a tight release, he’s an accurate passer,” Helfrich said. “They also have a couple things that are similar in terms of what makes them inaccurate. That’s usually their feet that take them out of position. I sense from talking to a couple of the offensive linemen, and this was unsolicited, is that he works hard. When your offensive linemen are talking about how hard your quarterback works, that’s a great sign. So he needs to do that and continue to challenge himself and improve.”

There should be much credence to what Helfrich stated given that he coached Mariota throughout his three-year collegiate year at Oregon. His accuracy, for the most part, has translated to the NFL as he’s completing 61.8 percent of his passes. Marcus Mariota did take a step back in that area this past season with a career-worst 15 interceptions, but he has been touted as being an accurate passer and smart decision maker.

In the 10 games that Trubisky played this past season, he threw for 2,193 passing yards with seven touchdown passes along with seven interceptions. He was able to throw for more than 250 yards on three occasions while posting higher than a 100 passer rating three times. These numbers may not be encouraging, but the Bears believe that he can eventually be molded into their franchise quarterback.

With an NFL season under his belt, Trubisky could be in store for a promising season as the clear starter on a retooled roster.