The Bears have a championship caliber defense, but Mitch Trubisky remains a huge question mark on offense.
Last Sunday night at Soldier Field he had his worst performance of the season. He passed for only 110 yards. He threw three interceptions and he had a meager passer rating of 33.3
Many people question if he was simply rusty from being out of the lineup injured for two weeks. Trubisky says that’s simply “an excuse.”
“The bottom line is I just came out and I didn’t make the throws that I needed to make, I didn’t do my job necessarily when my team needs me to do my job,” said Trubisky Wednesday at Halas Hall. “I know I can play better.”
Even after Trubisky’s poor performance head coach Matt Nagy says he’s impressed with how Trubisky has bounced back and Trubisky’s maturity to understand that winning is the most important part not personal performances.
“He’s the leader of this offense, and the guys look to him, so any frustration orability of him to not show leadership or any of that, we don’t want, and he hasn’t done that,” says Nagy.
“When we win, I’m definitely going to celebrate with my teammates, because it’s always special to get those wins,” says Trubisky. “But at the same time, I know I can play a lot better, and I’m hard on myself, and I just want to do a lot better for my team.
Trubisky says he just has to get back to the basics, like correcting his footwork; noting he was just a little too pumped up to try and get those completions in last Sunday’s game.
“I was just excited to be back out there with my guys. I was focused on the wrong things, coming out there, and trying to make big plays.
Nagy admits Trubisky’s poor day doesn’t all completely on Trubisky. His coaches want to make sure the plays they’re calling are crisp and clear and well thought-out.
“We want it to be black and white – nice and clean – so that he can play fast. So those RPO’s, there’s a bunch of RPO’s that we can do; we want to make sure we’re picking the ones that are black and white.”
Trubisky’s teammates will always have his back too, acknowledging he’s not the only one making mistakes out there.
“We understand as a whole offense, we’ve got to clean up a lot,” says receiver Allen Robinson. “Even as far as myself having two penalties, getting down in the tight red is not ideal at all. So again, I understand that. That’s something that even myself and other guys are going to clean up.”