Chicago Bears: Has the pocket presence of Mitch Trubisky gotten worse?

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Mitch Trubisky has been taking more sacks, as the season has wore on. It’s a possibility that this is because of the conservative coaching staff trying to control him. This is something that has been alarming to watch, which makes the importance of finding the right head coach absolutely crucial.

Alright, so I am a huge fan of Mitch Trubisky. I believe that he is going to be an absolute stud, with the right coach. However, there is one thing that has come as a surprise to me: Trubisky’s pocket presence has actually declined.

I believe that there are many factors that have contributed to this. Elements like a lack of receiving weapons, shuffling on the offensive line and horrific coaching can impact a young rookie. It’s absolutely paramount that general manager Ryan Pace hires the right offensive coach that can properly develop Trubisky.

I re-watched every preseason and regular season game that Trubisky has appeared in, so that you don’t have to. You’re welcome. Here is the premise that I came up with: Trubisky showed great pocket awareness in the preseason and in his first couple regular season games (Vikings and Ravens, respectively), but especially against the Vikings.

I will show you video of all the situations in which Trubisky was faced with pressure or showed off his athleticism to make a difficult throw. Now, I feel like the number of these good plays has dwindled the past few games.

I believe a lot of this stems from the Harrison Smith interception. Trubisky has gone from trying to make a play to throwing the ball away to holding onto it and taking sacks.

I believe that the biggest reason behind this is head coach John Fox. I will bet you that Fox has told Trubisky to not make mistakes that cost the team the game. This has Trubisky hesitating and second guessing, at times. It is almost like he is paralyzed some plays.