Prior to the 2017 NFL draft, Deshaun Watson said any team that drafted Mitchell Trubisky ahead of him would “have to live with the consequences” and now Bears fans are feeling it as that comment and more have resurfaced in the wake of Chicago’s offensive struggles.
“You’re gonna have to live with the consequences that come with it. That’s how I see it,” Watson said on the NFL Network in 2017. “I try to stay in my lane. I try not to take the path. I respect Mitch and what he’s done and all the hype he’s getting, but at the same time, my result speaks for itself. I feel like I’ve accomplished everything that I could. I guess if that’s who they’re gonna roll with, so be it.”
Watson was rather familiar with Trubisky’s skill set as the two played in the same conference, Watston at Clemson and Trubisky at North Carolina.
As you may recall, the Bears not only ended up taking Trubisky with the second overall pick, they also traded up to get him.
Oh, and in addition to passing on Watson, the Bears also skipped out on the chance to take another quarterback in that year’s draft – a guy named Patrick Mahomes.
Not that Trubisky wasn’t good in college, he was, throwing 30 TDs to just 6 interceptions in his final year at North Carolina, it’s just that it was the only season he was a starting QB while Watson threw for 76 TDs and ran for 21 more in his two seasons at the helm of Clemson’s offense… two seasons in which the Tigers went to back-to-back national championship games, winning one.
That Mahomes guy I mentioned, all he did in his two years as a starter at Texas Tech was throw for 9,705 yards and 77 touchdowns.
Since then he has thrown 65 more TDs in 24 games as Kansas City’s starting QB, Watson has thrown for 58 in 29 games as a starter (and rushed for 12 more), while Trubisky has thrown 36 in 31 games as a starter in the NFL.
All of which has reminded the internet, and Bears fans in particular, of Watson’s comments before being the third quarterback taken in the 2017 draft.
“It’s like a slap in the face, to be honest,” Watson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson at the time.
Don’t forget we passed on Mahomes also..— Occie (@occie79) October 21, 2019
Oh yeah, the Bears also passed on some guy named Christian McCaffrey too. You’re welcome, Chicago.