Three short weeks ago the Chicago Bears beat the Arizona Cardinals. While the Bears did win the football game, it was hard to come away feeling great, especially when thinking about the offense and second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
The kid struggled through the first three games throwing just two touchdowns to three interceptions. Over the last two games, Trubisky has looked like a first-round draft pick. Against the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Trubisky threw nine touchdowns to just one interception.
On Sunday, he got off to a shaky start. The offense as a whole was ugly from the get-go. Trubisky missed a wide-open Anthony Miller who may have went all the way for a TD if the ball was thrown accurately.
The Bears’ offense was so bad in the first half, they failed to score any points. Things changed in a big way in the second half.
Nagy and the Bears’ offense came out firing after halftime. It was great to see the unit make some much-needed adjustments. Trey Burton found the end zone to tie the game up on a shuffle pass the Bears seem to use at least once every game.
After CB Kyle Fuller recorded his second interception of the game, Trubisky found another one of his favorite targets WR Allen Robinson for a touchdown. The Bears would go on to score another touchdown in the third quarter on a run by RB Tarik Cohen.
When the Bears offense gets rolling they can score points in bunches. Let’s get back to Trubisky, who made several good throws on Sunday.
This throw to Robinson shows the arm strength Trubisky posses. He zipped that pass in there for a touchdown.
Allen Robinson TOUCHDOWN!
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The deep ball was working for Trubisky as well. He had not one, but two passes downfield that were on the money to WR Taylor Gabriel. It appears the former North Carolina Tarheel is getting used to the long ball. He was accurate in that department against the Dolphins.
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Again, Trubisky looked poised and controlled on Sunday. Progress is clearly being made. That was obvious after he drove the Bears down the field late in the fourth to take the lead once again.
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Trubisky sees the blitz and identifies Miller as the primary target in the middle of the field. Three weeks ago, Trubisky may have held onto the football or tried to have run around instead of going to his progressions.
Timing Routes to Robinson
After rewatching the game, another thing I noticed was how good the timing routes were with Trubisky and Robinson. The two connected on multiple plays against the Dolphins. None bigger than the one below.
You know a QB is comfortable with a receiver when he starts throwing the back shoulder fade.
After a phantom call on Burton on what would have been Cohen’s second TD of the day, Trubisky made one of the biggest mistakes of the game. He forced a ball into the end zone on first and long.
With young QBs these sort of things are going to happen. Hell, Patrick Mahomes had something similar happen on Sunday night. It’s a learning process, but Trubisky has to learn from this play. If the Bears are able to come away with a field goal, the game is likely won.
Here’s another look at it. Throwing into double coverage is never a good idea.
Besides a few throws, Trubisky was very good again on Sunday. He showed me something against the Dolphins, especially after a horrendous first-half showing from the entire offense. The Trubisky hate after this game is quite foolish.
Sure, he did make one bad play. However, look at the performance as a whole, even after the turnover. Trubisky came up big. I’ll leave you with a short blurb on what my colleague, Patrick Flowers had to say about Trubisky’s performance shortly after the game.
In the two games since then, Trubisky has completed 41 of 57 passes for 670 yards and 9 touchdowns to just 1 interception. Trubisky has also only been sacked three times, and rushed for 100 yards on 11 attempts. In the two games respectively, Trubisky has posted passer ratings of 154.6 and 122.5.
So save for a missed long completion to Anthony Miller in the first quarter of the loss to Miami, and the forced throw that was intercepted in the end zone in the second half of the Miami game. Mitch Trubisky has resoundingly answered the call.
So, find another scapegoat as you wallow in the disappointment of Sunday’s loss, because it isn’t No. 10.
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