The first issue that cropped up with Mitchell Trubisky was something that’s taken for granted in the NFL: The quarterback-center exchange. As a college quarterback who primarily worked out of the shotgun, Trubisky struggled at times taking snaps from under center both during OTAs and at the start of training camp.
“It was frustrating because that was uncharacteristic of me and I’ve just got to handle that,” Trubisky said of a particularly rough day of receiving snaps in late July.
That issue was quickly addressed and fixed by Trubisky. Another one: The operation of the Bears’ offense in preseason game No. 3, which was sloppy on back-to-back plays in the third quarter while with the first-team offense. The Bears, a few days later, had Trubisky mostly hand the ball off (until, oddly, the end of the game) against Cleveland. The operation of the Bears’ offense in that game was fine; coaches haven’t indicated that’s been an issue with him in his three starts in the regular season, either.
In his first career start, Trubisky was baited into throwing an interception, the first he had in any game in a Bears uniform. He was trying too hard to make a play in a situation that didn’t call for it. A week later, Trubisky played more controlled, but took his shot at making a play in a spot when it was necessary: On third down, with time running out in overtime, on the Baltimore Ravens’ side of the field for a critical completion that set up Connor Barth’s game-winning field goal.
Another thing: Trubisky lost two sack-strip fumbles in his first two starts, then took four sacks against the Carolina Panthers without losing the ball. While Trubisky put the blame for two of those sacks on mistakes he made, he didn’t turn the ball over in a game in which the goal was for him to not turn the ball over.
Trubisky missed some open players — like Zach Miller on one of those sacks — and didn’t hit Tarik Cohen in stride on that 70-yard completion (he felt had he been more accurate, Cohen could’ve scored a touchdown on the play). But the point here is that Trubisky has shown the intelligence, desire and athletic ability to correct the mistakes he’s previously made in his short time with the Bears. And that’s an encouraging aspect of the profile of a guy who entered the NFL with only 13 starts in college.
“We need to continue to get better, no matter who we’re playing, no matter what week it is,” Trubisky said. “Just continue to perfect your craft. I’m confident in my abilities and what we have with this offense and where we’re headed. To grind out games and win it however way we have to it’s fine. And we’re going to continue to get better — I’m gonna make sure of that.”