QB: Mitch Trubisky (B-)
Mitch Trubisky‘s first career start was a lot like what is expected of rookie quarterbacks. He had a lot of growing pains that he will need to learn from to be a successful quarterback in this league. He made too many rookie mistakes, and was at fault for a pair of turnovers, and got lucky on a few more. His lone touchdown pass was nearly an interception. Nonetheless, he did showcase his ability and athleticism, especially on a 2-point conversion that tied the game. He has room to grow, but is definitely a bright spot for the Bears this season.
The running backs produced but didn’t excel against the Vikings staunch front seven. Jordan Howard looked decisive and picked up yards after contact, but could not muster any big gains. Still, he was a bright spot for the offense and consistently churned out yards. Tarik Cohen was a non-factor for the second straight week, lacking decisiveness and not being involved much.
The receivers certainly didn’t help Trubisky, as they couldn’t create separation and dropped catch-able passes. Markus Wheaton has been a non-factor this whole season. Tre McBride looked surprisingly good, and nearly made a beautiful catch in the first quarter. Kendall Wright was the Bears’ most reliable receiver and produced the most effectively for the Bears.
Dion Sims was god-awful once again, and it makes me wonder how he was chosen to start at Tight End for the Bears. Are Zach Miller and Adam Shaheen really not better than Sims? The only thing Sims has going for him is his blocking ability, but he is a totally unreliable target, can’t catch passes, and can’t get open in the first place. Zach Miller was a notably better Tight End, and has been for most of the season, and he served as Trubisky’s security blanket. He made a really good catch for a touchdown, showcasing his awareness. He is probably the Bears’ best receiving option and should be featured more in the offense in the coming weeks.
The offensive line was good but not great, allowing pressure at times and not allowing Trubisky sufficient time to throw. Charles Leno was easily beat on the strip-sack of Trubisky, and Cody Whitehair continued to struggle with penalties and shotgun snaps.
Leonard Floyd had a tremendous game, though some of his production should be attributed to Bradfords’ lack of mobility, as he was a non-factor once Case Keenum took over. Pernell McPhee‘s name wasn’t heard much, but he was a solid leader for the defense. John Timu played a good game, especially calling the plays for the defense, until he was forced to exit with an injury. The depleted line-backing core was taken advantage of, as Christian Jones and Jonathan Anderson both struggled mightily to command the defense.
The secondary was surprisingly good, not allowing much through the air. Kyle Fuller continued his good play, while Prince Amukamara was solid on the other side. Eddie Jackson was a consistently good force, once again showcasing his ability to tackle and nose for the football. He also did well in coverage, especially against Kyle Rudolph. Adrian Amos was solid as well, nearly getting an interception, as he replaced Quentin Demps in the secondary.
Connor Barth didn’t have many opportunities, so there is not much to complain about him, other than the fact that the Bears couldn’t rely on him.
Pat O’Donnell had a spectacular game. Due to him consistently being on the field, he showcased great accuracy and power on his punts, consistently forcing Minnesota into having bad field position. Perhaps his best play was on his touchdown pass to Benny Cunningham. He made a beautiful throw that was right on the money.
The Bears should really consider having him play backup to Mitch Trubisky, since he seems to have the same throwing capabilities as Mike Glennon, may provide more mobility than Glennon, and can expand the playbook by always having the option to punt the football away!
Coaching Staff: John Fox (C-), Vic Fangio (B+), Dowell Loggains (A+)
John Fox had an up-and-down game. He should be praised for the call for the fake punt on fourth down. But he was too conservative, especially calling a run on 3rd-and-10. His game-management at the end of the game was lacking, and the team is very ill-disciplined, something that should be blamed on the head coach.
Vic Fangio called a good game, especially considering the depleted roster that he was working with. Dowell Loggains was on his game today, dialing up trick plays and utilizing Trubisky’s athleticism in any way he could. The playbook was opened up more, and Loggains played to Trubisky’s strengths. His best call was on the two-point conversion, which included a hand-off to Jordan Howard, a pitch to Zach Miller, and finally a pitch to Trubisky for the game-tying score. Wow! Could we potentially have our future head coach already? At this point, Fangio or Loggains may provide more for the Bears than John Fox and his conservative approach.