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story.lead_photo.caption Mitchell Trubisky of the Chicago Bears is not a quality NFL quarterback, according to a former NFL general manager. “You couldn’t get me to buy Mitchell Trubisky if you had him on a discount rack at Filene’s Basement,” Michael Lombardi said.

Opinions of Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky have been all over the map this season. Some have been positive, while others have not been.

But none have been more negative than former NFL general manager Michael Lombardi's during an interview on the Vegas Stats & Information Network on Monday.

"You couldn't get me to buy Mitchell Trubisky if you had him on a discount rack at Filene's Basement," Lombardi said. "There's no chance. There's no chance. He can't throw the ball inbounds half the time."

It didn't stop there.

"It's a joke. I was in Chicago this week and all I saw was Trubisky jerseys. I was thinking, 'You people are crazy! You're going to be selling them in three years.'

"When they have to play somebody tough, I think it's a real problem. ... I think the Bears are overvalued."

While Lombardi has become something of a blowhard in recent years, he does have more than three decades of NFL personnel experience and has spent a considerable amount of time with the likes of Bill Walsh and Bill Belichick.

USA Today blogger Bryan Perez wrote Lombardi's opinion can't be completely dismissed.

"Bears fans will predictably be offended by Lombardi's take, and it is a little too harsh after just eight games," Perez wrote. "But Trubisky has struggled with his accuracy despite completing 64.2 percent of his passes this year, up from 59 percent as a rookie. He's on pace to break the Bears' single-season records for passing yards and touchdown passes.

"Trubisky appears to have the mental makeup to ignore comments like Lombardi's. But his goal should be to eliminate them altogether by getting on a hot streak as the Bears enter a critical three-game run against NFC North opponents."

Pay him to go

Some Buffalo Bills fans really have had enough of Nathan Peterman.

The Bills quarterback has been urged to retire by Bills fans who started a GoFundMe page to fund his football afterlife. The effort has raised $255 as of Thursday afternoon, far short of its $1 million goal, but that figure might spike and their cause might gain support if Peterman, 24, continues to deliver lousy performances.

"Nathan Peterman, we understand your passion to play football and especially in the NFL," the GoFundMe page says. "But please for the love of God retire and leave and never come back. WE WILL GIVE YOU MONEY, JUST LEAVE!"

Peterman is 1-3 in his four career starts, but his modest record pales in comparison to his historically terrible stats. He has completed 68 of 130 passes for 3 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, 3 of which came last Sunday in the 41-9 drubbing the Chicago Bears inflicted on the Bills to drop their record to 2-7 this season.

However, Peterman won't be going away anytime soon, as Buffalo's other quarterbacks, Derek Anderson and Josh Allen, are injured.

Sports quiz

Quarterback Nathan Peterman was selected in which round of the 2017 NFL Draft?


Peterman was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round.

Sports on 11/09/2018

Print Headline: Former GM not too high on Bears' QB

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