Trubisky's Confidence Can Be Double-Edged Sword

Mitchell Trubisky was left regretting a game-changing interception Sunday.

Chris Emma
October 15, 2018 - 2:44 pm
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (670 The Score) -- Amid and after his historic six-touchdown performance on Sept. 30, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky displayed a growing confidence in both his abilities and understanding of the offensive system.

Now, it seems the Bears may have to reel in Trubisky's confidence just a bit. Whether it was a fourth-quarter pass forced into the back of the end zone that resulted in a costly interception or one of the other few throws he made into dangerous places, Trubisky exuded a bit too much faith in himself Sunday in Miami. In a 31-28 overtime loss to the Dolphins, he was just one of many players responsible for the setback.

"I forced it and I put my team in a bad position, and I shouldn't have thrown that pass," Trubisky said of his interception, which cost the Bears, at the least, a short field goal chance that would've made it a two-score game.

The 24-year-old Trubisky finished 22-for-31 with 316 yards, three touchdowns and the one interception, but the performance was still too uneven in some key moments. Like in the Bears' season-opening loss to the Packers, Trubisky left points on the field.

Those ended up costing the Bears in the end. They entered the day with a great deal of swagger after thrashing the Buccaneers two weeks ago, then went scoreless in the first half. Trubisky and the Bears responded well with 28 points in the second half, but it wasn't enough on a day the defense caved against Dolphins backup quarterback Brock Osweiler.

"I thought he played well," coach Matt Nagy said of Trubisky. "I thought he went through his progressions. He fought, he battled."

On the Bears' first drive on offense, Trubisky had rookie receiver Anthony Miller wide open over the middle on a play that likely would've gone to the end zone. He overshot the pass, and the Bears were forced to punt. 

The Bears eventually clicked after halftime as Trubisky got the ball out quickly. Speedy receiver Taylor Gabriel in particular has emerged as a dynamic weapon for the Bears, recording five catches for 110 yards Sunday. 

But the interception in particular haunted Trubisky, who often refers to the next-play mentality for a basis of success. Early in the fourth quarter, he tried to fit a pass into a tight window to reserve tight end Ben Braunecker and missed seeing safety T.J. McDonald, who swooped in for the interception. 

How did the play unfold in the mind of Nagy?

"I saw an interception, and that's what they saw," Nagy said.

Sunday revealed more progression for Trubisky. Trubisky is past the point of hesitating with his reads and checking down. Nagy's offense is becoming second nature, to the extent that Trubisky can execute better by trusting the timing. But that's only half the battle, as there are also times in which Trubisky needs to reign in his tendency to force a throw.

Trubisky will be alarmed as he studies the film to see some of the throws he made that put the Bears at risk Sunday. There are lessons to be learned.

In the end, Trubisky got away with each mistake except for one. The interception he wanted back marked more points left on the field in a game the Bears believe they should've won.

"You've just got to react to adversity," Trubisky said. "Take care of the football is the bottom line when it comes down there. 

"We had the opportunities to take advantage and that time we did not."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​