Chicago Bears: Mitch Trubisky flashed good and bad in loss to Dolphins

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The Chicago Bears lost to the Miami Dolphins 31-28 in a game that showed the continued potential of Mitch Trubisky. The young quarterback showed flashes, but also areas he can clean up to take that next step.

The Chicago Bears win streak stops at three as they suffered a tough loss to the Miami Dolphins. The defense had a very tough day against Brock Osweiler (yes Brock Osweiler of all quarterbacks), Frank Gore, and Albert Wilson. The defense looked very gassed in the second half, allowing big plays off short wide receiver screen passes.

Amidst all of that, this game showed quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s potential and inexperience. Matt Nagy made some questionable decisions from a play-calling standpoint, but one in particular that stands out the most is the 3rd and 4 call in overtime.

Coming off three successful runs, Nagy had a decision on 3rd and 4. Does he go conservative and keep the ball out of his young quarterback’s hands, or put his faith in Trubisky to get him four yards and extend the drive. Unfortunately, Nagy went the conservative route and it backfired on him.

The right call should have been to put the ball in Trubisky’s hands and let him make a play. If the Dolphins defense stops the Bears offense on 3rd and 4, you likely punt and give the Dolphins offense a long field to drive down for the game-winning score. Instead, the missed field goal gave the Dolphins great field position to get their kicker in range for the eventual game-winner.

As gut-wrenching of a loss as this was for Bears fans, the positive is that we see the potential of what this offense can do being led by Nagy and Trubisky. They were the sole reason why the Bears were still in this game and it wasn’t an embarrassing blow-out loss.

Next. Dolphins game offered glimpse of what could have been. dark

Many wanted to know how Trubisky would respond after his big game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The first half was dreadful, but Trubisky put up 21 of the 28 points in the second half. Even after the really awful interception in the red zone, Trubisky put the Bears in position to win.

The game was stressful to sit through and likely subtracted a year off most Bears fans lifespan. However, we can’t deny the progression that Trubisky is showing through five games of the season. Hopefully, Nagy can give him the opportunity to win games like this instead of going the conservative route.