Trubisky's Play-Action Struggles, Running Game Regrets, Jackson's Plan for the Rams, and Other Bears Bullets

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Trubisky’s Play-Action Struggles, Running Game Regrets, Jackson’s Plan for the Rams, and Other Bears Bullets

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While everyone else was watching Disney+ last night, I had my eyes on Bulls rookie Coby White torching the Knicks with a 3-point barrage in the fourth quarter.

Let the kid cook!

  • Roy Williams coached White at North Carolina, and came to town to watch his former star play on the big stage. But also, provided some sage advice. And it got me thinking about if he could visit Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky while he is in town. I’m unsure if the two had any interactions, but it is one of those “can’t hurt, could help” situations. I’m at a point where I’d consider anything that could possibly help Trubisky be less bad than what he has shown to this point.
  • Seeing Trubisky’s placement on this graphic stings:

  • I have long believed that establishing a threat to run – thus allowing Trubisky to throw through bigger windows against defenses who get fooled into playing the run – would bring the Bears quarterback some quick success. But a 77.6 passer rating ain’t it. And while calling more play-action passes isn’t a catch-all solution to the Trubisky problem, it would be neat to see some more calls like play-action rollouts that are designed to get Trubisky out on the perimeter where he can make plays on the move.
  • Allen Robinson is good at football:

  • Also, it’s nice to see Trubisky’s grade be good enough to check in among the top-5 performers.
  • The Bears’ offensive line has had its issues, but at least the group is limiting the number of hits Trubisky takes on a weekly basis:

  • Seeing the Bears rank among the top third of the league in limiting QB Hits was a bit of a surprise. And because Trubisky isn’t running as much he used to, we can’t say this is because the quarterback is scrambling to get out of harm’s way. There hasn’t been much to like about the offensive line’s play this year, but give credit where it is due.
  • Speaking of the offensive line, the practice squad just got some fresh blood added to the group:

  • Dino Boyd was a two-year starter at the University of Rhode Island (yes, they have a FCS college football team!) and then played at Cincinnati as a graduate transfer before going into the draft. Boyd went undrafted, but the Chiefs picked him up as a UDFA, then spent time on the Bengals’ practice squad earlier in the regular season. He never got called up to The Show, and now finds himself in Chicago.
  • Elsewhere on the transactions list:

  • An old friend is looking for a new place to play:

  • Picks 9, 10, and 11 of the 2016 NFL Draft were Leonard Floyd, Eli Apple, and Vernon Hargreaves. Two of those three players are no longer with the team that drafted them. The third is Leonard Floyd, who could be in his last year with the Bears. None of the above players have produced what was expected of them to this point of their respective NFL careers. Meanwhile, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is the 10th-highest-graded player at his position by PFF’s grading standards. It is a legitimate breakout season for the No. 13 pick, who has figured some things out since leaving Miami. Good for him!
  • Eddie Jackson sounds ready to bring it:

  • Just wait until he hears how many Bears fans make the trip out to Los Angeles this weekend to escape from winter’s cold grasp.
  • I understand that the Bears like to operate with a #noregrets mentality, but…

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  • Must-read thread alert! Long-time NFL reporter Michael Silver highlights some things that just don’t add up about the timing of Colin Kaepernick’s upcoming workout. You’ll want to read this:

  • Part of me misses Martellus Bennett, a talented two-way tight end who played with an edge (though was a bit much at times on and off the field). More than that, I miss having a quotable Bear on the offensive side of the ball (WARNING: some NSFW language):

  • Hey, where’s Mitch?



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.