It wasn't all that long ago that Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky was considered a blue-chip prospect who an NFL team could build an offense around. General manager Ryan Pace thought Trubisky brought Drew Brees-like qualities to the 2017 NFL draft and traded up to the second overall pick to make sure he secured his guy.
Similarly, New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman developed his draft crush for quarterback Daniel Jones at the 2019 Senior Bowl, where Gettleman said it didn't take many throws to determine Jones was a bonafide NFL starter.
Gettleman selected Jones with the sixth overall pick last April.
Both general managers' decisions were met with much criticism. In 2017, Pace was crushed for trading up for Trubisky when there was little doubt the UNC product would be available at the Bears' actual pick just one spot later (No. 3 overall). Gettleman was lambasted for selecting Jones, who some draft pundits didn't think was even worthy of a first-round grade let alone a top-six pick.
There may not be another pair of starting quarterbacks who have as much doubt around their long-term staying power. Trubisky, now in his third season and in the midst of a severe regression, has come under fire because of his shotty 2019 campaign. There's legitimate debate about whether the Bears should move on from him this offseason. Jones, who replaced Eli Manning as the Giants' starter in Week 3, has had some promising moments but his struggles with ball security have created a somewhat cloudy future.
So it begs the question: Who would fans rather have under center for their team? Trubisky or Jones? The results are pretty clear:
Who would you rather have at QB?
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) November 21, 2019
Fifty-seven percent of fans polled prefer Jones, who's completed 63% of his passes for 1,984 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. Perhaps it's because there's less of a body of work for Jones, thus a better chance his ceiling is higher. Whereas Trubisky, who has 35 regular-season starts under his belt, has battled shoulder injuries in back-to-back seasons and hasn't displayed the kind of pinpoint accuracy that made him a favorite of Pace during his draft year.
Sunday's game won't settle the Jones vs. Trubisky debate, but it'll certainly give fans an opportunity to see for themselves which quarterback could have the brighter future.
Daniel Jones vs. Mitch Trubisky: Which QB would you rather have? originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago