Bears Managing Mitchell Trubisky's Confidence

"We're still confident in what we can be as an offense," Trubisky says.

Chris Emma
September 11, 2019 - 4:14 pm
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky stepped before the media at Halas Hall on Wednesday afternoon ready to move on from a disappointing opening act.

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Nearly a week since the Bears offense managed only a field goal in their 10-3 loss to the Packers, Trubisky made it clear he and this team are done discussing that performance.

"I was told not to talk about the last game," Trubisky said as he looked off to a Bears public relations official.

"We're moving on to this week."

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Trubisky's words matched those of coach Matt Nagy and quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone, who spent the days since the loss reviewing what went wrong. The Bears' brain trust around Trubisky watched the film and identified his mistakes. They took it to the practice field in a 10-10-10 session Monday designed in part to help the offense get back on track.

Now, the Bears are focused on producing the potent offense they believe Trubisky can lead.

"We've moved on," Ragone said several times Tuesday afternoon.

The Bears coaching staff has often referenced a "next-play mentality" when it comes to the 25-year-old Trubisky, whom they hope becomes a franchise quarterback. But in this third season for Trubisky and his second year in Nagy's offense, they also realize the challenge he's facing. The plays they hope to flush add up on Trubisky.

Nagy and the Bears had spent months looking to their primetime opener at Soldier Field and weeks game-planning for Trubisky to be the reason why they would win. The creativity that proved to be excessive confidence in Trubisky's execution was the reflection of Nagy's belief in his quarterback. 

It's why losses like the one to the Packers are so crushing. 

While Chicago ponders whether its quarterback will ever live up to his billing, those inside Halas Hall are simply focused on Trubisky bouncing back. 

That's where he is too.

"We're positive around here," Trubisky said. "It's a positive culture. We're on to the next play and on to the next game. All the mistakes that we made, they're all fixable. So, we're going to come in with solutions, come in with a positive work attitude and go to work."

Trubisky was 26-of-45 for 228 yards and an interception in the opener. There were some positives to his game, such as his connection with top target Allen Robinson, who had seven receptions and 102 yards. But the greatest issue Trubisky faced was processing a Packers defense that caught him by surprise with many unscouted looks.

Of course, the challenge for Trubisky doesn't get any easier this week. The Bears will be facing their former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who now leads the Broncos. Fangio watched every throw of Trubisky establishing himself in Nagy's offense last season.

"There is a benefit to seeing a full year," Nagy said of Fangio's advantage.

Nagy knows he has a similar edge on Fangio, having seen so many details on how his defense operates. It's why part of the Bears' preparation for the Broncos includes scouting Chicago's vaunted defense of 2018. Nagy is looking to identify how Fangio will attempt to test Trubisky.

Amid the chess match between Nagy and Fangio, the Bears will look to keep Trubisky's confidence in place after a dispiriting showing. 

The Bears are done with that game, and they've made sure Trubisky is too. It's on to the next one.

"We're still confident in what we can be as an offense," Trubisky said. "We just got to go out there and play that way this week."

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