Bears’ defense is Super Bowl-ready, but is QB Mitchell Trubisky?

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The NFL regular season is less than one month old, and the Chicago Bears find themselves in a precarious situation.

The Bears’ top-ranked defense looks Super Bowl-ready, but quarterback Mitchell Trubisky looks far from it.

“[My confidence is] good. It’s good,” Trubisky said last week. “You just got to believe this week is going to be the week.”

The Monday Night Football matchup against the Washington Redskins is Trubisky’s 30th career start (including the postseason). Thus far, the 25-year-old quarterback’s overall body of work has raised more questions than it has provided answers.

Trubisky puttered through a relatively nondescript rookie season in an offensive system that lacked any innovation or true playmakers outside of running backs Tarik Cohen and the since-traded Jordan Howard.

In 2018, Trubisky’s second season, that changed. New head coach Matt Nagy ditched the archaic offensive style preferred by former coach John Fox. Nagy, an assistant in Kansas City under Andy Reid, brought a more dynamic, forward-thinking scheme.

He also worked wonders for Trubisky. china nike

There were bumpy moments, but Trubisky finished with 3,223 passing yards (66.6 completion percentage), 24 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 421 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 95.4. The Bears also won the NFC North for the first time since 2010.

All signs pointed toward continued improvement in 2019.7

So far, the opposite has happened.

Through two games in 2019, Trubisky’s completion percentage (58.3), passing yards (348), touchdowns (zero), Total QBR (27.5), yards per attempt (4.8) and number of attempts that traveled 10-plus yards in the air (16) are substantially worse when compared to Trubisky’s play in the opening two games of the 2018 season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

“We haven’t been executing the way we want to,” Trubisky said. “There are definitely some things that we are missing on film, but we’re coming together and we’re correcting them.”

Coming together won’t be an issue. The young quarterback is popular inside the locker room, where he seamlessly meshes with teammates. Trubisky’s work ethic has never been called into question.

“The biggest thing that I see is that the head coach is very hesitant to trust the quarterback,” ESPN NFL analyst and former quarterback Dan Orlovsky said. “He’s very hesitant to trust him with playcalls. When you get a playcaller that trusts you as a quarterback, they’re constantly aggressive because they think, ‘I know that if this guy doesn’t make the throw here or if he doesn’t like what he sees here, he’ll check the ball down, get it out of his hands, and I’ll call it again.’ I’ll call a chunk play again. And you don’t see that from Matt Nagy right now.”