To blame only Mitchell Trubisky for the Chicago Bears loss to the Packers on Thursday would be wrong. However, patience is running thin with the young quarterback.
Wow. Just wow. I am still at a complete loss of words days later. I have been like every other Chicago Bears fan out there. I had been fully expecting this team to dominate the Packers. I picked them to win 28-23 and not only score 3 points. The defense looked fantastic holding Aaron Rodgers to only 10 points, but the offense. Ugh. The offense was straight trash.
The good news is that I had them losing the second game to the Packers this season. The Bears can win that game and still finish 11-5 as I predicted. I must admit I am not as confident as I was a few days ago, but I am not ready to jump ship from this team.
Watching this game both from Soldier Field and from my couch, I am still mostly upset with Matt Nagy. Nagy’s play calling was atrocious. He tried to be too cute too often. Calling only 15 running plays, while throwing the ball 45 times is not a recipe for success. Using Cordarrelle Patterson on a 3rd and 1 instead of David Montgomery or Mike Davis was a mistake. Calling an RPO on 3rd and inches might have been even worse.
This was not the worst of it, but that is a different story for a different time. Instead, we need to look at the performance of Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky showed flashes of solid quarterback play during this game. He also showed some awful quarterback play. Trubisky regressed back to what we saw at times in 2018. His timing was off and missed receivers on open targets.
With this defense and the hope of pushing for the Super Bowl, Trubisky has to be better. Patience is running out on the young quarterback. It does not help when you see Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes throw for eight combined touchdowns and over 600 combined yards. When you see the Tennessee Titans score 42 points against the Cleveland Browns, fans deserve the right to be upset about the Bears offense only scoring 3.
Fans also have a right to lose patience with the third-year quarterback. Fans have the right to call out Trubisky and Nagy. However, and this is a big however, fans also need to remain positive. This fan base is constantly pessimistic. Too often I hear fans in the stands calling for the backup quarterback. The negativity is very difficult to listen to on a constant basis.
Remember, nothing is going to change in 2019. Trubisky played well enough in 2018 for this team to win and compete for a Super Bowl. Nothing has changed this year. Nagy will learn from his mistakes. Trubisky will improve. As Bears fans, we need to give this team the rest of the season. We need to stay patient and positive. Losing is not the culture we want for this team, but losses happen.
Do you really think booing the team will help? Honestly, booing this team at home in the first game of the season is like lighting a match near a stick of dynamite. You are just asking for things to blow up in your face. If things go poorly and not how we expected, then and only then, we should start calling for people’s heads.
Booing your home team though does not instill success. In fact, it does the opposite. We as fans need to elevate our team when they are struggling, no matter how disappointed we are in them. Would you boo your child when they disappoint you? I would hope not.
Do not forget, Trubisky is a great leader. He is hard on himself and willing to learn. In fact, he might be too hard on himself and that could actually be one of his downfalls. He needs to calm down and just go play the game of football. He needs to get out of his own head.
Trubisky made the Pro Bowl as an alternate last year. He had some very productive plays through the air and with his feet. He deserves a few more games before we say how much of a bust he is going to be. Stop dwelling on the fact the Bears do not have Mahomes or Deshaun Watson. Unless you have a time machine, there is nothing anyone can do about it.
Patience is running thin for Trubisky with the media. Patience might be running thin for Trubisky with the fan base too. What is most important though is that the coaching staff and players are still being patient with him. As long as he has their confidence, our opinions mean very little.