The Minnesota Vikings edged out the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, turning a Mitchell Trubisky interception into the game-winning field goal. The rookie QB made his starting debut on Monday, and finished the game 12 of 25 for 128 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
The San Francisco 49ers were regularly connected to Trubisky in the mock draft season, but ended up swapping picks with the Bears to draft Solomon Thomas. The Bears’ decision to move Trubisky into the starting lineup coupled with Deshaun Watson has some folks questioning the 49ers wisdom.
Next offseason is likely when we get a better handle on the 49ers QB situation, but in the meantime, Trubisky gives the Bears a chance to join a large list of NFC teams that have an answer at QB, or have a shot at an answer. Trubisky was up and down in his debut, and given the lack of weapons in the passing game, he’s going to have a tough rookie year. But, he’ll take is lumps and get some valuable experience as a rookie.
The 49ers head into Washington next week to face Kirk Cousins, a guy who could very well end up on their roster in a year. For now though, here is how NFC quarterback situations look (notable development prospect in parenthesis):
Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott
New York Giants: Eli Manning (Davis Webb)
Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz
Washington: Kirk Cousins
Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky
Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford
Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers
Minnesota Vikings: Sam Bradford (Teddy Bridgewater)
Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan
Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston
Arizona Cardinals: Carson Palmer
Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff
Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson
San Francisco 49ers: Brian Hoyer, (C.J. Beathard)
There are some questions in that group. The Giants and Cardinals will be moving on from veteran quarterbacks sooner rather than later, and don’t have an answer. The Vikings have Teddy Bridgewater rehabbing, and have their fingers crossed he can get back to where he was before he got hurt.
The 49ers and Washington become the most intriguing situations heading into next offseason. The 49ers spent a third round pick on C.J. Beathard, but it remains to be seen when we might get a look at him in regular season action. Kirk Cousins is a free agent after this season, but he could sign a long-term deal with Washington, get franchised again, or very well choose another team. If he hits the open market, I would be shocked if he landed anywhere other than with the 49ers, but there’s no guarantees on anything.
In the meantime, we’re left to wait and wonder what might happen at the position. And we get to continue enjoying Brian Hoyer and an inconsistent offense.