Chicago Bears: You want the good news or the bad news about Mitch Trubisky?

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How about the bad news first?

I’m going to start with the bad news for two reasons. First, there has been more bad news so far this season than good news. Second, I also don’t think the situation is as dire as some think, so we’ll end on a positive note and why there is hope.

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In any event, let’s jump into what has concerned me about Mitch through these three games. As I mentioned earlier, Nagy has pleaded with fans to be patient. Trubisky is learning a new and very complicated offense with new personnel. From that standpoint, having patience seems like a reasonable request.

Here is the problem with that, though. Mitch has been making a number of mistakes that have nothing to do with being in a new offense. The components of his game that have concerned me the most have been breakdowns in skills that any NFL quarterback should have, let alone the no. 2 overall draft pick.

There are three examples from yesterday’s game that are emblematic of his struggles. The first is the sack he took on 3rd and 6 in the first quarter which ultimately led to a missed Cody Parkey field goal. There’s a great breakdown of this play from Matt Waldman on Twitter.

He notes how Trubisky first fails to identify the pressure and recognize pre-snap where his outlets are when the pressure does come. Rather than dump the ball off to his safety valve on the left (where he has the numbers) he doesn’t even look that way. The result is a 17-yard sack.

Second is a more stark example of Trubisky’s poor pre-snap recognition. The Bears had a 3rd and 2 from the Cardinals two-yard line with two minutes left in the first half. When the Bears lined up, they bunched four wide receivers to the right and Allen Robinson alone to the left. The Cardinals, however, only had three players lined up to defend the four receivers. Trubsiky snapped the ball and threw a fade to Robinson which was way off the mark.

Again, you don’t need experience in an offense to recognize that three defenders can’t cover four wide receivers. The fact that Trubisky didn’t either find a way to audible out of the play or otherwise recognize the mismatch is concerning.

Finally, the end result of that play is the final example of why his struggles have been concerning. As I mentioned, the fade to Robinson wasn’t close. Robinson didn’t even have a chance to catch the football. In that regard, that play was a microcosm for his accuracy issues. Though few and far between, Trubisky hasn’t been close on his shots down the field. However, he’s also been wildly erratic on screen passes and intermediate routes.

Again, accuracy is not something that is necessarily impacted by learning a new offense. On these plays, Mitch has already made his reads, and decided where to go with the football. And in these cases, he’s had open to wide open receivers and has missed badly. The second-overall selection in the 2017 draft needs to be more accurate, and there’s no way to sugarcoat it.