The Bears defense was lights out in their two wins against the Ravens and Panthers. The offense hasn’t looked so hot. In just the last two games Mitch Trubisky has only completed 12 passes, four total against Carolina.
“You’re excited about the win. But also excited to get back on the practice field and get going again,” says Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. “If we would have scored the touchdown. If we would have made the field goal, and if we wouldn’t have taken the a sack. If we would have ended with a four-minute drive I would have been okay with the way it went.”
But they didn’t do any of those things. The offense only mustered up three points and five first downs against the Panthers, while the defense scored two touchdowns. In the last three weeks the defense and special teams has outscored the offense 30-27. The caveat is the team is still finding ways to win.
“Winning’s the most important thing,” says Trubisky. “I don’t care if we throw zero passes if we win the game. I don’t care if I’m not playing if we’re winning the game.”
But if the Bears want to continue to win they can’t rely on the other two units scoring points every week. Eventually the offense has to do it’s part. The Bears 158.6 passing yards per game is the second worst in the league.
“It’s all about rhythm, staying in a groove, really just continuing to evolve, and finding our identity, and what works best in our offense to help out our defense,” says Trubisky.
The offense has been conservative when it comes to Trubisky’s development. He’s only thrown the ball a total of 23 times in the two previous games. If they want him to evolve into a franchise quarterback they have to open things up on offense.
“It is frustrating, and he wants to effect the game,” says Loggains. “That time, and the way we chose to play as an organization he wasn’t going to effect the game that way. He was smart with the ball. He took care of it. We’re excited to go out, and be aggressive, and throw the ball, and be balanced this week.”