Mark Grote of 670 The Score/Bears Radio highlighted one of the things I truly like about Mitchell Trubisky:
FWIW. Mitch Trubisky was downright jovial today. Willing to go in depth on his mistakes, and even needle reporters on Zoom.
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) December 2, 2020
I appreciate how honest Trubisky iswith his self-assessments. He doesn’t shy away from criticism. Moreover, he is self-aware about the mistakes he is making on the field. That feels like an important thing to have as a quarterback. Once again, these traits were on display during his Wednesday press conference.
And yet, we’re four seasons and 46 starts into a career where footwork mechanics continue to be a bug-a-boo.
This isn’t our first rodeo studying Trubisky’s mechanics. So with that being said, I imagine that it might be tiresome for you to read me harping on Trubisky’s shoddy footwork. I get it. When I was growing up, there were times when I needed another voice in my ear telling me the things I needed to hear because I had tuned out others. It’s a natural part of life.
All that to bring you ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky breaking down what went so terribly wrong on the most important play of the Bears’ opening drive:
How after 3 years in the #NFL and 5 weeks of sitting out can this still happen?
To the coach and the player-you either allow it or you coach it. @ChicagoBears this!! #NFLGamepass pic.twitter.com/85iZAdnzK2
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) December 2, 2020
Orlovsky sounds like me, you, and every other Bears fan who watched on Sunday. Better yet, he sounds like any Chicago football supporter who has watched Trubisky’s career since the start of 2017.
• “Trubisky, you had all this time off. All you had to do was fix some minor flaws.”
• “Watch the mechanics from the shotgun. First of all, catch the snap and stand straight up. Both feet look like they’re off the ground. You should be ready like a pitcher at the top of his motion to drive this football.”
• “This is wide open. Throw the ball right there. This is easy stuff. You’re too good of an athlete to allow this to be the downfall of why you won’t make it, or one of the reasons why. Simple mechanics.”
• “You can’t play like this. Come on!”
Orlovsky sounds like someone whose football sensibilities were offended by this one specific player and play. And frankly, I love it. Not because he’s so clearly frustrated having to watch this, but because he is seeing what we are. And when more people start seeing the same things, it’s only a matter of time before everyone does.
Leading up to Sunday’s game, Trubisky said he wanted to play in the NFL for a long time. And during the broadcast, Mike Tirico discussed how Trubisky sounded like a different (more motivated?) player when compared to previous times in which he has heard him. It’s good that Trubisky cares, is willing to point out and openly talk through his on-field issues. But if he can’t fix them, then I’m not sure what his next step will be. But if he doesn’t fix them, his goal to have an extended career in the NFL will be tougher to come by.