Bernstein: Bears Don't Want Trubisky Discussing Loss

The narrative is building that Mitchell Trubisky needs coddling.

Dan Bernstein
September 11, 2019 - 2:42 pm
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(670 The Score) I guess if you don't talk about something, then it never happened. Or people will just forget that it did. Another possibility is that it's really important for some people to only hold positive thoughts in their heads, lest they crumble into a quivering pile of insecurity.

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Anything is on the table as we try to figure out why Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was advised by the team to avoid discussing the embarrassing season-opening loss to the Packers last week. Trubisky offered that fact himself when initially asked about the game, during his first press conference since walking out of Soldier Field nearly a week ago.

"I was told not to talk about the last game," Trubisky said Wednesday, explaining that a team PR staffer had given him that instruction before his appearance.

Why he would want to admit such a thing on the record to the assembled reporters is a complete mystery, because it only will raise more questions.

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To get this straight, the starting quarterback of an NFL team who's available only once from the end of one game to the start of the next is being dissuaded from discussing the previous outcome after he and his coaches have had time to see and consider it all from multiple angles and speeds. This policy renders most of the exercise fruitless, which has to be the point. Perhaps it's only after losses or wins in which he happens to play poorly. Do the Bears not trust Trubisky to be able to handle it?

It fits right in with a building narrative that the second overall draft pick of 2017 necessitates coddling, even in his third year and after making the Pro Bowl last season. Coach Matt Nagy took some blame for the debacle in the opener but in doing so kept reiterating his responsibility to make the process as smooth for Trubisky as he can. It's reasonable for a rookie to need everything built to maximize strengths and minimize flaws, but anyone truly expected to lead a championship contender can't need the wagons circled around him at all times and on every front. Trubisky has to be bigger and stronger than that.

Even one of his high-profile teammates urged Bears fans to avoid booing Trubisky, concerned about the toll it could take on him. Safety Eddie Jackson said as much on the McNeil and Parkins Show on 670 The Score last Friday, when he took fans to task for having the audacity to express themselves vocally when disappointed by substandard play, calling their boos "unacceptable." Jackson was then asked if he thought it could affect Trubisky's confidence.

"Of course, of course," Jackson said. "He's a quarterback. He's a young quarterback. It's his third year and second year in a new offense. He needs as much confidence as he can get. As a player, you're a human being."

It's a little disconcerting to begin to realize the size and scope of the operation ongoing to keep Trubisky perfectly comfortable, especially under a coach who has gone out of his way to confront any negativity head-on. Nagy steered into the skid of the Cody Parkey missed kick, trying to disarm the negativity by owning it instead of ignoring it. That seems to be the opposite of what occurred before Trubisky spoke to the press.

We don't know if the directive came from Nagy or the PR department, but it's the coach who's in charge of it all. He'd have to be the one to approve it, even if it wasn't his initial idea.

In their effort to control a message that may only be resonating in one guy's head, the Bears may have spoken something else into existence.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s Bernstein & McKnight Show in midday. You can follow him on Twitter @Dan_Bernstein.