Can Mitch double-down?
Trubisky is certainly coming off of his best game of the season against the Detroit Lions. While the statistics in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game may have been better, there were a number of plays that were made to wide open receivers or against busted coverage.
Now that is not meant as a knock against Trubisky. Although some in the media have shockingly found a way to penalize Trubisky for having good receivers who can get open or a coach who can scheme them open.
But in evaluating his growth and development, his performance against the Lions told us much more than his game against the Bucs. In the Lions game, Trubisky looked much more comfortable in the pocket. He often checked out of plays after reading the defense at the line of scrimmage. Post snap, he showed the ability to go through his progressions, often hitting his second or third read.
Finally, he hit a number of “keyhole” throws, that showed the accuracy he was lauded for coming out of college. The seam pass to Allen Robinson, and the near touchdown pass to Taylor Gabriel both come to mind. Both were perfect throws, placed exactly where they needed to be.
The next stage in his progression is showing the ability to stack these types of performances together. Matt Nagy mentioned that what impressed him the most about Mitch’s performance was that he put together four complete quarters. If he can go out and follow that up with four more good ones, Nagy will be riding high, as will this Bears team.
It’s clear Mitch gained a lot of confidence in the win over the Lions. Bears fans now hope that momentum carries the team to a victory Sunday night.