The public displays of support for Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky continue to roll out.
What started with a report relaying the Bears general, but “serious” confidence in Mitch Trubisky … has snowballed into another vote of confidence from a specific, high-ranking team official … the head coach!
Albert Breer of SI.com’s The MMQB caught up with Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy, who confidently backed his quarterback despite his struggle to stay above water in Year 2 of his system by doing his best to deflect, provide perspective, and explain away Trubisky’s woes.
Through Nagy’s eyes, Trubisky is having the same types of struggles that other quarterbacks faced, played, through, and ultimately survived: “[L]ook at the quarterbacks that have been successful in this league, that are still playing in this league, [they] had some rough years, those first three years — I’m talking about rough.”
Nagy also tries to explain how Trubisky is battling through a learning curve that comes with being inexperienced: “How many games did he play in college? I think he played 12 or 13 games in college. Then he came in after Week 4 his first year, as a rookie, and let me just tell you what that’s worth, playing as a rookie. You can take that experience, and you don’t remember much of your rookie year. Now, here you are and a coach comes in with a new offense. You’re essentially, in my opinion, a rookie all over again, right? That’s last year. Four or five games into the year, you have a good game, all of a sudden, the expectations are you’re going to do this every game. And it couldn’t be further from the truth.”
In the end, Nagy attempts to look through the lens of fairness and if improvements are happening. And as a coach, that’s his prerogative. Because there’s no denying there are a variety of factors that have gone into Trubisky struggling as much as he has in Year 3 as a pro (although some of that cricisicm can be flung right back at the team from drafting him, specifically, to changing coaches, to not having the right coach in the first place). But, yes, assessing how he’s played does go beyond the box score and stat sheet. Even still … it is bothersome that the eye test, the numbers, and what the coach is seeing aren’t on the same level.
That is to say nothing of how the timing of Rapoport’s report and Nagy’s public push of support are interesting, to say the least.
After all, the Bears tend to be tight-lipped with internal matters, especially when it comes to the quarterback position. So when the team anonymously pushes something out there into the public forum, there has to be a reason behind as to why. Then for Nagy to do so in a different forum only adds to the intrigue. It could be as simple as that there is nothing like an over-the-top public display of support on a Sunday morning to provide a pick-me-up for a quarterback who has struggled to play consistently with confidence and conviction all season. One last “hurrah” before tough decisions have to be made about an offense that has regressed led by a quarterback whose production has taken a tumble.