The Bears will not be repeating as NFC North champions in 2019. The continued poor play of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in his third NFL season ensures that.
Chicago fell to 3-Three with Sunday’s 36-25 post-bye dwelling loss to New Orleans in sport that wasn’t as shut because the rating indicated. Trubisky and the Bears’ offense did little till two garbage-time fourth-quarter drives after being down 26 factors with 4:33 left to play.
Even with late inflated numbers (251 yards, two TDs), Trubisky was extremely inefficient (4.6 yards per try, 86.Three passer score). The Saints pressured him to beat them with their robust run protection. He responded by crumbling in opposition to constant strain over 56 dropbacks. He by no means obtained the Bears right into a rhythm when the end result of the sport was nonetheless in doubt.
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In most divisions, being .500 popping out of Week 7 would preserve a staff in a division race, however in the NFC North, the place the Packers are 6-1 and the Vikings are 5-2 after massive wins Sunday, it means the Bears have already pale, whilst an NFC wild-card contender.
Trubisky’s newest shaky sport got here on a Sunday when Aaron Rodgers (25-of-31 passing, 429 yards, 5 TDs, 158.Three score) was again to his spectacular self for Green Bay and Kirk Cousins (24 for 34, 337 yards, 4 TDs) continued to be stellar for Minnesota. Detroit’s Matthew Stafford (30 for 45, 364 yards, 4 TDs, one INT) additionally performed very effectively regardless of shedding a high-scoring duel to Cousins.
So a lot for Chicago discovering its QB answer when it traded as much as take Trubisky No. 2 total in the 2017 draft. Instead of constructing on his gentle breakthrough in the primary season of second-year head coach Matt Nagy’s offense, he has regressed to how he performed as a rookie, when he had a a lot lesser supporting solid of talent gamers.
Trubisky has grow to be a extra tentative passer, skittish in the pocket consciousness. To make issues worse, he is now not serving to himself as a runner.
In this period of offensive explosion, groups be taught shortly what degree of success a younger QB will attain. Trubisky’s 2017 first-round draft classmates Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson have zoomed forward and proven they’ve the “it” issue. Trubisky has gone from paling in comparability to the 2 to teetering towards being the Bears’ newest bust on the place.
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With Rodgers, Cousins and Stafford all below massive contracts that restrict their respective groups’ spending elsewhere, the Bears appeared to have a bonus with Trubisky nonetheless being on his rookie deal. The Bears have been in a position to aggressively add to their protection final season to make it an elite unit. Now that the protection has regressed in opposition to each the run and go, they want Trubisky to be extra playmaker than caretaker. He has proved extremely incapable of that, save for one sport in opposition to the hapless Redskins.
Nagy and the Bears have handled Trubisky like somebody who can deal with a excessive quantity of throws with aplomb, however what is meant to a a number of, versatile and explosive passing sport continues to be restricted to Trubisky throwing primarily to No. 1 extensive receiver Allen Robinson.
The Packers have loved elite QB play for a very long time with Rodgers taking up from Brett Favre. The Lions are 11 seasons into Stafford giving them regular, prolific play, and he has by no means been extra environment friendly. The Vikings’ splurge on Cousins is lastly paying off as he performs the very best soccer of his profession.
Just while you thought the Bears had bridged the hole at quarterback, they give the impression of being farther away than ever from their division rivals. An NFL staff cannot cover a QB deficiency, one thing the Bears have realized the onerous means this season when making an attempt to depend on Trubisky.
The Bears, subsequently, are in a tricky spot. Mahomes and Watson can take into consideration the pace-setting contracts they’ll obtain past 2020, however Trubisky should not. At this level, it is onerous to justify paying Trubisky long run, not to mention something near what Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, the respective Nos. 1 and a couple of picks one draft earlier, simply acquired.
Do they stick it out with Trubisky and hope Nagy can get him to enhance in a rush? Or do they begin fascinated about him being a misplaced trigger and bench him to avoid wasting a season that started with excessive expectations of a return to the playoffs?
The downside is, there’s little upside to turning to backup Chase Daniel. The Bears already noticed their offense sputter with him when he began for an injured Trubisky in Week 5 in opposition to the Raiders in London. That additionally means there are systemic points with Nagy that Trubisky could not be capable of overcome, both.
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Granted, Trubisky hasn’t been supported by good offensive line play or a stable working sport and his non-Robinson receivers have been inconsistent, however Rodgers, Cousins and Stafford have additionally had points with their surrounding personnel, harm or in any other case, and nonetheless been in a position to thrive.
The Packers, Lions and Vikings are in a great spot with expertise and execution at crucial place. The Bears, alternatively, are in the worst place to be in the NFL — quarterback purgatory. With Trubisky, they’re damned in the event that they do and damned if they do not.
To that finish, Nagy informed reporters Sunday that the Bears don’t have any plans to make a change from Trubisky. There is not any different selection. Trubisky both must surge now, or else there’ll one other QB purge in Chicago not a lot later.