4. Trubisky Displayed Promise
After starting 6/6 for 100 yards, Trubisky would go on to throw 29 more passes for only 71 yards to show. While his stat line was underwhelming, Trubisky only appears to reinforce the idea that the Bears have their guy at quarterback.
Yes, he made a handful of off throws, as he will continue to do the rest of the season. What we saw from the second-year signal caller was that he will be thrown into the fire during the game’s big moments.
Trubisky threw for 35 passes this game, which would have tied for his third most passing attempts in his rookie campaign. Matt Nagy has made it clear that he’ll be aggressive with Mitch’s role in the gameplan and that he will not rely on the run as his safeguard.
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Perhaps too many of the designed passes came in the form of screen passes. The inconsistent game planning in the second half threw off the rhythm Trubisky possessed in the scripted first half. The play calling didn’t allow for Trubisky to throw the ball downfield as much as anticipated, until of course in the fourth quarter on third and short opportunities where the run felt more apropos, but again I digress.
Even though Mitch didn’t make as many of the big plays late-game, he gives me no reason to believe he will not eventually do so, especially as he becomes more familiar with the offense.
Trubisky could have completely sunk with all the pressures of Sunday night football, playing against a historic division rival, and against arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. Instead he was aggressive, tried to make plays, and ultimately failed. But that’s what a young quarterback is going to go through; trials and tribulations.