March 6, 2019 at 7:29 am #2596
A shaky performance in a season-opening loss at Green Bay on Sunday night wasn’t the way Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky wanted to start his second season.He vowed not to let it define him Womens Customized Chicago Bears Jerseys , though he understands the rush to judge.”That’s how it is on the outside, but for me I can’t let any game, any play define who I am as a player or as a person,” he said.”I’m continuing to grow and get better. Each opportunity is just another day to get better and continue to grow, but that’s how people are looking at it. We want immediate results, everybody 鈥?the media, the fans, myself. But unfortunately that’s not always part of it.”The Bears are banking on more from Trubisky after loading up in the offseason around the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft.They hired an offensive-minded coach in Matt Nagy to replace the fired John Fox. They also brought in some new playmaking targets such as former Jacksonville Pro Bowl receiver Allen Robinson in an effort to get the most out of their prized quarterback.But if the Bears are going to rise in the NFC North after four straight last-place finishes, they need their quarterback to deliver.Against Green Bay, he missed receivers. He was quick to scramble rather than stay in the pocket. He couldn’t move the Bears past midfield in the closing minutes when all they needed was a field goal after Green Bay went ahead.More than anything, he showed he remains a work in progress. With 13 NFL starts to go with the 13 he had in college at North Carolina, maybe that’s understandable.But so are the high expectations surrounding him. After all, general manager Ryan Pace made a big trade with San Francisco so he could move up to draft him.As a rookie last season, Trubisky threw as many interceptions as touchdowns (seven) in the 12 games he started. Against Green Bay, he did not get picked off or throw for any TDs. He was 23 of 35 for 171 yards with a 77.2 passer rating.”Last year it was more, ‘Oh he’s a rookie http://www.bearsfootballauthentics.com , growing pains,'” Trubisky said. “And then now, it’s a little different because it’s like ‘Oh, second year, why isn’t the offense exploding?’ And I ask myself some of those same questions, ‘Why aren’t I playing as well as I’d like to?’ But if I’m too hard on myself then I just get discouraged.”There were several plays that stood out against the Packers. Two came on back-to-back snaps at the end of the first quarter with the ball on the Green Bay 3 and the Bears looking to build on a 7-0 lead.Trubisky overthrew Robinson in the right corner on second down.On the next play, Trey Burton for a moment appeared to be open in the end zone with his arms raised on a play designed for Tarik Cohen in the flat that the Packers cut off.Trubisky connected with Taylor Gabriel for a 5-yard loss, forcing Chicago to settle for a field goal. But did Trubisky miss a touchdown?A defensive back was closing in on Burton. And Nagy said he did not think Burton was open.”It’s easy to say ‘yeah he was wide open,'” he said. “But that was good defense by them.”Trubisky wishes he attempted to hit Burton. But he’ll also take the three points there.”You’ve got to know as a quarterback if that opens up, take your chances and get it to the guy wide open,” Trubisky said. “But it’s a little less wide open when you’re playing it full motion on film. When you’ve got the still picture, which I’m sure a lot of people saw, it looks like I don’t know what I’m doing. Trust me, I’m hard on myself. You want touchdowns, not field goals.”The Bears couldn’t get in field-goal range when they needed one near the end of the game after Green Bay scored the go-ahead touchdown. They took over at their 18 with 2:13 remaining and didn’t get past midfield.Trubisky seemed a bit rattled by the rush and was quick to scramble and abandon the play.”I was thinking: Try to make a big play, like win the game right here Chicago Bears T-Shirt ,” Trubisky said. “And it should have been for me personally … just like stack completions, get one more completion, one more first down.” Bears coach Matt Nagy was still working in Kansas City in the spring of 2017, when the Bears took Mitchell Trubisky eight spots higher than the Chiefs took Patrick Mahomes in the first round.And in case you haven’t noticed, Mahomes is playing OK right now, dare we say it, better than Trubisky.But Nagy said that the extra year in the Chiefs offense is a benefit for Mahomes 鈥?without needing to say out loud that Mahomes benefits from a better cast of offensive talent.“Well, what’s fair to compare is you have one, in Patrick, who has had a full year in this offense to understand it,” Nagy said, via Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. “Now, regardless of playing it in, he’s had a full year, more than a year to sit behind it and learn and understand and watch tape with those quarterbacks last year and get to see all the talk, all the discussions of where you go on this play and that play.“Whereas Mitchell hasn’t had that. He’s being forced into this thing right away Chicago Bears Hats , and so that’s where these growing pains are going to occur. That’s where, I just want to make it clear to him and to everybody, if you’re realistic about it, it does take a little bit of time. And in the meantime, as you saw last night, we have a defense that can help us out during this process, and so the sooner we get it and it starts clicking, then the better. But that’s the difference between the two, and it’s obviously near to see Patrick doing so well right now.”Of course, Trubisky was playing last year while Mahomes was watching Alex Smith, but the experiences aren’t otherwise comparable. Mahomes is running a system designed by Andy Reid, while Trubisky was playing under the aegis of John Fox and Dowell Loggains, and that just isn’t the same.And while his coach’s words aren’t as harsh as Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark‘s, the recognition that the bar isn’t set nearly as high for Trubisky will make it easier for him to clear it, even if that’s eventually.
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