In a sign of progress, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky no longer watches film of the Kansas City Chiefs in order to comprehend the offensive scheme head coach Matt Nagy brought with him to Chicago.
“Mitch is building his own library right now within the offense,” Nagy said on Wednesday.
The Bears – and by extension, Trubisky – are a work in progress offensively, primarily because for the majority of the team, Nagy’s system is a drastic departure from what they ran in the woebegone John Fox era.nfl jerseys cheap nike
Trubisky, who started the final 12 games last year as a rookie (2,193 passing yards, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions), quarterbacked an offense that finished dead last in passing, 30th in total offense and 29th in points.
“[Mitch needs] experience [above all else],” Bears offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said. “I think it’s 100 percent experience and just reps, and that’s kind of what I was talking about was knowing why something happened. As a quarterback, he might take the perfect drop and be looking at the right guy in his progression, and that guy runs the wrong route or the left guard busts or something. The defense does something different or wrong, even. And trusting that is just a matter of putting rep on top of rep on top of rep and being confident.”
The Bears made a concerted effort to improve the talent pool on offense – to better support Trubisky — in free agency (Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, Taylor Gabriel) and via the draft (Anthony Miller, James Daniels), but it takes time for so many new pieces to come together. Plus, Robinson, who’s projected to be the club’s No. 1 wideout, is still recovering from a torn ACL.
Trubisky also has the unenviable task of going up against defenders who are entering Year 4 under venerable coordinator Vic Fangio. The Bears are expected to return at least eight starters in 2018, including all four members of their secondary.nike nfl jerseys for cheap
“Mitch is starting to see some coverages now,” Nagy said. “Coach Fangio and his guys are doing a good job of mixing different coverages and disguising different looks.
“In Kansas City it took us five years to get to that point that we got to. That did not happen overnight. That develops in time. We’re kind of at a pace right now where we have to at times pull back and say to yourself we’re months into this thing, not years.”