The Chicago Bears might be using Mitch Trubisky as a game-manager now, but it sounds like the team is preparing to watch its young quarterback take the next step in his development.
“I was really impressed by Mitchell Trubisky,” said Offensive Coordinator Dowell Loggains while speaking to the media at Halas Hall on Wednesday. “I thought he made a big jump from Minnesota to this one (Baltimore). It’s stuff that’s not always seen by the naked eye; but taking care of the football, the throwaways, and the snap that went over his head was a critical, critical play at that time. He just made really good decisions.”
A conservative, run-based approach handcuffed Trubisky and kept him from attempting the kinds of risky throws that lead to turnovers and opponents scoring points or, at minimum, flipping the field and taking an edge in the battle for field position. Eventually, the Bears will take the training wheels off their rookie. Perhaps re-watching some of the big plays Trubisky made will inspire Loggains to cook something up for his star pupil.
- John Mullin of NBC Sports Chicago writes a major part of the next jump Trubisky makes will be making the adjustment to reading NFL defenses. The book on Trubisky will grow with each passing week, leaving the rookie to read and react to more diverse and complex defenses attacking and challenging him. This is a step that every quarterback takes in his development and one that comes with the worst growing pains. It was never going to be easy, which is why it’s always difficult to project the right time to start the on-field development clock.
- For what it’s worth, the Bears vow to stay the course against the Carolina Panthers and stick with the offensive game plan that propelled the team to a 27-24 overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens. Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that the Bears’ grind-it-out style will be on display again, even if the Bears’ offensive coordinator has other ideas. “I like to throw the football,” Loggains said. “I’m a quarterback guy. But it’s the understanding of whatever it takes to win.”
- The Bears ran the ball 54 times and watched Jordan Howard leap into the top-5 in rushing yards. It’s not sexy, but it’s effective. And frankly, it’s a plan that’s working quite well for the rookie quarterback, explains JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago. It’s just two games, but Trubisky has thrived in an area where Mike Glennon was expected to excel. Granted, the Bears allowed Glennon to throw a little more often, but his repeated dump-off throws at or behind the line of scrimmage weren’t much of a threat to opposing defenses.
- It’s quite possible the Bears will see a third Vikings quarterback when the two teams meet up in the regular season finale. Teddy Bridgewater, who believes he will play this season, returned to practice on Wednesday and his teammates are already raving about his presence on the field. “I thought he looked like Joe Montana,” tight end Kyle Rudolph told the Pioneer Press. “He was excited. He was smiling, bringing energy to practice.” I guess there are no comps that are out of bounds after Trubisky drew a favorable comparison to Aaron Rodgers from Panthers All-Pro linebacker Thomas Davis.
- Beyond having a strong arm, adequate mobility, poise, and pocket awareness, one thing every successful quarterback needs is confidence. Green Bay Packers signal caller Brett Hundley has no shortage of that. “Aaron’s a Hall of Famer, and I want to be a Hall of Famer one day. I will lead this team,” Hundley told ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. We’re all going to have fun. We’re all going to go out there and play football. It’s still football at the end of the day, and our goals are still in front of us.