Chicago Bears QB Trubisky has “nothing” for critics
QB Mitch Trubisky has taken more than his share of criticism in the national media lately, but Sunday’s 148.6 passer rating was his fourth of over 102.0 in the last six games, during which he’s thrown 17 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Trubisky became the first Bears quarterback since 1950 with three games of 300-plus passing yards and three or more passing touchdowns in a single season. Trubisky’s 19 TD passes are the second most in franchise history through 10 weeks of a season, trailing only Erik Kramer’s 21 in 1995.
So what does Trubisky have to say to his critics?
“Nothing,” he said. “I don’t say anything. I don’t listen to it, I don’t hear it, so I don’t say anything. I don’t care one bit. The only thing I care about is coach Nagy (and) what he has to say, what my teammates have to say and what they think of me. I know there’s been talk and noise going on this week.
“I didn’t hear it directly, but I heard my teammates having my back, and that’s the only thing I care about, and that’s what means the world to me. I’m just going to go about my business, do my job, and my love for my teammates grows even stronger that way. I just want to play that much better and play the way I know how because I know those guys in that locker room and my head coach and my (assistant) coaches and all my teammates got my back.”
Running on empty
The run game continues to be a sore spot for the Bears, and Sunday’s effort may have been the worst of the season.
Take away QB Mitch Trubisky’s three runs for 18 yards, and the ground game produced just 36 yards on 19 attempts for a 1.9-yard average. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen were equally ineffective running behind an offensive line that got little or no push against a Lions defense that came into the game 30th in rushing yards allowed and 31st in average gain allowed per run.
The Lions recently traded for DT Damon “Snacks” Harrison, one of the game’s more effective run stuffers, but Trubisky has been the only effective runner for the Bears in many of their games.
“Not good,” was coach Matt Nagy’s evaluation of Sunday’s 54 yards on 22 carries (2.5-yard average). “Not good enough. I know right now we need to figure something out there. IT has nothing to do with any running back on our team; it has nothing to do with our offensive line. It’s everybody. IT’s our coaches, too. We need to get better there. Fortunately we were able to get out of here with the win. But, as the weather gets a little nastier, we need to be able to run the football. It’s plain and simple.”
Howard, who has frequently been getting hit behind the line of scrimmage, is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry. Cohen, after a strong start, is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry in his last four games.
Kicking around ideas
Coach Matt Nagy shot down the notion that the Bears could audition kickers this week to challenge for Cody Parkey’s job after he missed two field goals and two extra points, all four of which hit one of the uprights.
“Oh, no,” Nagy said. “There’s zero chance of that.”
Parkey doesn’t practice at Soldier Field during the week as some previous Bears kickers have, and it looks like he won’t going forward.
“It’s pretty windy up at Halas Hall, too,” Nagy said of the team’s Lake Forest practice facility. “But, visually with the goalposts and the stands in the back (could possibly be beneficial). But, no, he just has to keep kicking away and staying positive. This is part of the job. It’s not easy, so you’ve got to be mentally strong.”
Sitting it out
WR Kevin White was a healthy scratch for the second straight game, and rookie WR Javon Wims was also inactive, an early indication that the Bears believed starting WR Allen Robinson was fully recovered from the groin injury that sidelined him the previous two weeks.
Bears TE Dion Sims (concussion) missed his first game of the season after being injured near the end of last week’s 41-9 victory over the Bills in Buffalo. DT Nick Williams was inactive, as promising rookie DL Bilal Nichols returned from a knee injury that kept him out last week. The Bears’ other inactives were CB Marcus Cooper, rookie OLB Kylie Fitts and OL Rashaad Coward.
The Lions’ inactives were starting CB Darius Slay, who had two interceptions the last time Detroit played the Bears, LBs Eli Harold and Jalen Reeves-Maybin, OLs T.J. Lang and Andrew Donald, TE Luke Wilson and WR Bruce Ellington.