Danny Trevathan loses playing time for Chicago Bears after poor Week 1

Danny Trevathan (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
Danny Trevathan (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /

The Chicago Bears took Danny Trevathan off of the field after a poor week 1 performance

Danny Trevathan was a liability for the Chicago Bears Week One. He was picked on against the pass, and made mental errors against the run as well. It was a nerve wracking sign for Bears fans who were wondering if an extension for Trevathan was justified given his age and injury concerns.

The Bears noticed a lot of the same issues that we did, and they did not the issue linger any longer. Trevathan, who has been a consistent starter and play caller for the roster went from a stalwart and leader of the defense to a rotational piece on Sunday.

Trevathan played 31 snaps, just 48% of the defensive snaps. In his place, was Deon Bush, who payed 25 snaps, or 38%. Combined the two played 56 of the 65 possible snaps.

This is worth following after Bush created an interception to help win the game. It was clear that when Bush was on the field that the coverage was better in week two, than it was in week one when Trevathan was on the field.

So, the question now becomes, will this be a new normal? On one hand, this is the first of a three year extension for Trevathan. The Bears should probably hope that he can still play 50% of the snaps.

On the other, Bush has ascended and was even competing to start this summer. He performed well and is a strong tackling safety, who is certainly better in coverage than Trevathan.

A mix and match is expected and the opponent may dictate just how much time Trevathan will play moving forward. Keep an eye on the Chicago Bears linebacker spot next week. We will soon see if the loss of snaps was a quick punishment for a bad game, or if the Bears are worried about the aging linebacker, and want to roll with younger speed instead.