BOURBONNAIS, IL– The Bears will report to Bourbonnais Thursday. How well they do this season hinges on finding a reliable kicker and on Mitchell Trubisky showing more growth in his game.
As Trubisky gets ready to enter year three in the NFL his teammates and general manager Ryan Pace seem to think if he continues to improve at the pace he has so far, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
“Steady, incremental improvement,” said Pace Sunday when asked what he wants to see from Trubisky this season. “I think we’ve seen him do that and as long as he just keeps on that pace steady, incremental improvement we’ll be happy. You can feel his confidence grow when we talk about that. Chemistry, continuity, all of those things going into year two and that’s going to continue as we go forward.”
That chemistry is especially important when it comes to his receivers. While Trubisky have most of his favorites back, like Tarik Cohen and Taylor Gabriel and Allen Robinson he’ll also has some new faces to get used to with Cordarrelle Patterson, Riley Ridlry and running back Mike Davis. Pace says that chemistry started to develop during offseason workouts.
One area Trubisky must improve on is his downfield throwing accuracy. Pace is confident we’ll see that too.
“I think he’s a naturally accurate thrower and I think as you play longer in this offense and that timing comes into fruition, and you get used to these receivers and you develop the chemistry with them, the touch that goes into it with those throws I think you see it happening more and more as we go on.”
Something Pace and Bears fans hope not to see more of, is Trubisky’s issue with interceptions. He had a total of 12 last season.
“I think when there’s anything like that that happens on any side of the ball we always want to say why did this happen first of all?,” said Pace. “Was it the route? What happened because sometimes it’s not all on him or on that player. There are certain mechanical things as a young quarterback that you’re constantly improving at.”