Mitch Trubisky

The Bears' offense is preaching patience, even if that's easier said than done

The Bears' offense is preaching patience, even if that's easier said than done

The Bears aren't trying to hide it.

In fact, they know better than anyone how underwhleming the offense has been through the first two weeks of the season. After failing to get into the end zone against the Packers in Week 1, last Sunday's one-touchdown affair – though a much better result – still left the team, as guard Kyle Long put it, 'back to basics.' 

"I know that it starts up front," Kyle Long said on Wednesday. "There are a lot of things I can do better, a lot of blocks I’m not making, a lot of guys not accounted for. I’ll be on guys at the beginning of the play and then at the end of the play, they’re around the pile. I need to make it my personal goal to not allow my matchup to make the play."

"If we all do that, and I know that everybody strives to do that, I think we’ll have success."

The stats are already well-worn: 28th in passing yards and passing yards per game (164); 29th in total yards (527) and yards per game (263.5); and 30th in points (19) and points per game (9.5). The only two teams with consistently worse results are the Jets (0-2), who have been outscored 40-19, and the Dolphins (0-2), who have been outscored 102-10. You'd hardly blame the offense for feeling a bit frustrated. 

"I wouldn’t say it’s frustration, so to speak," Allen Robinson said. "I would say it’s more so guys wanting to make plays. That’s what it comes down to. There’s many ways you can look at it. In this game, it comes down to a lot of situational stuff. When you look across the league, that’s what it comes down to. It comes down to playing good in crunch time." 

If there's one part of the offense that the Bears have been pleased with through two weeks, it's been the situational play. The Monday after the Broncos win, Matt Nagy talked at length about how the team was pleased with the absence of pre-snap penalties and how the line neutralized star pass-rusher Von Miller:

"We did a good job at that," he said. "That was impressive. We protected the football in a game like that, where field position and low-scoring, we didn’t give them a short field with any interceptions or fumbles. And I think overall in two games, with their being a lot more negatives than positives offensively, we’ve done a good job at protecting the football." 

As is usually the case with negatives, the word patience was thrown around Halas Hall a bunch on Wednesday. Long compared the season to a boxing match, noting that people very rarely land knock-out blows in the early rounds. But when so much more was expected of the fight, is it hard to stay patient in the moment? 

"Absolutely," he said. "You go out there and you’ve got stuff schemed up, dialed in and you run it and it doesn’t work out like you want it to. But that’s what football is all about: sticking to your guns and sticking with what you know." 

The Bears will get a good opportunity to land a clean punch on Monday night, when they head into Landover, MD., to play a defense that's been one of the NFL's worst so far. It's maybe the best opportunity yet to showcase what Nagy 202 can really be. 

"Definitely. We all want the big plays," Robinson added. "We all want all of that. I think that's pretty evident from an offensive standpoint. Each and every week we're going out there trying to put in the work.

It'll come out."


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Mitch Trubisky named most concerning QB of Week 2

Mitch Trubisky named most concerning QB of Week 2

The Chicago Bears may have won their Week 2 game against the Denver Broncos, but the narrative around the team early in the 2019 season continues to be one of doubt because of the subpar play from Mitch Trubisky and the offense.

Trubisky has fallen way behind Patrick Mahomes and DeShaun Watson in the 2017 draft class arms race, and it isn't particularly close. Mahomes is on a historic pace to start his career and Watson has been universally praised as the primary reason why the Houston Texans are a Super Bowl contender this year.

As for Trubisky? He was just named the league's most concerning quarterback.

In 2017, the Bears surrendered five draft picks to move up and select Trubisky at No. 2 overall, the kind of bounty reserved for players with transcendent potential. What we've seen since, however, is a franchise falling over itself to make the game as easy as it can for him.

It's hard to defend Trubisky at this point, even though he isn't playing any worse than he did at the start of 2018 before enjoying an uptick in production in Week 4 against the Buccaneers.

Expectations were high for Year 2 with Matt Nagy, however. Maybe too high. And they simply haven't been met through the first two games of the season. Trubisky has completed just 58.3% of his passes for 348 yards and zero touchdowns; hardly the kind of numbers expected from a former second pick overall.

Trubisky will have yet another chance to get his season on track in front of a national audience in Week 3's Monday night game against the Redskins.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Cubs stay hot, but can they trust Cole Hamels?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Cubs stay hot, but can they trust Cole Hamels?

Chris Bleck, Mark Grote and Vinnie Duber join Kap on the panel.

0:00- The Cubs keep winning as their winning streak goes to 5. Meanwhile, the panel discusses Yu Darvish's big start and if the Cubs can trust Cole Hamels any more this season.

6:00- The guys play Chicago's favorite game-- what's wrong with Mitch Trubisky?

11:00- Scott Paddock drops by to talk about Martin Truex, Jr.'s win, Kyle Busch's frustration and traffic in Las Vegas.

15:00- Ozzie Guillen joins the panel to talk about playing out the string and Lucas Giolito's huge 2019.

Listen here or in the embedded player below. 

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