Trubisky promise gives Bears hope

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It wasn’t the storybook finish Chicago Bears hoped for. Mitch Trubisky’s ad-lib throw to TE Zach Miller was picked by crafty veteran safety Harrison Smith of Minnesota was just over 2 minutes remaining, leading to the Vikings winning field goal attempt in a hard-fought 20-17 victory on Monday night.

Despite that mistake, Trubisky displayed enough good traits and the presence Bears management expected. Trubisky’s stats were middle of the road, 12-25 for 128 yards, a touchdown, a strip sack, and the pick, yet his overall presence, mobility, and playmaking skills should endear him to even the harshest Bears cynic. “He’s got what it takes; there’s no doubt in my mind,” said coach John Fox. “For a first game, I go back to watching guys like [Joe] Montana in his first game. I’ve seen a few of them. I’m not making comparisons at this point. But he will do nothing but get better.”

In fact, Trubisky could have fared much better had he received more help from his supporting cast. Penalties, dropped balls, and mental errors continued to plague the Chicago offense, but through it all, the raw skills that motivated the Bears to execute the much debated draft-night trade were in full view of a capacity Soldier Field crowd and national TV audience.

Trubisky remains a work in progress. He made some risky throws across his body that coulda/woulda/shoulda been intercepted. His touchdown throw to Miller was tipped, fortunately, into the Chicago player’s hands. The offense stagnated after early success in moving the ball.

Still, Trubisky hung in and didn’t appear flustered against an aggressive Minnesota defense.  It’s obvious the Bears need to get him more help, namely some explosive wide receivers, more consistent offensive line, and a couple defensive takeaways, but some of those things have to wait until the offseason. For now, the speed bumps and learning curves are the price one pays for starting a rookie QB.

With one game under Trubisky’s belt, the task gets tougher for an undermanned Bears squad that travels to Baltimore to face another big-time quarterback in Joel Flacco of the Ravens. Although Baltimore has underperformed in the early season, the Ravens are a tough opponent in their own stadium and appear to be back on track following a impressive win at Oakland last Sunday. Trubisky faces one of the league’s most physical front seven’s. How he takes care of the ball is one of the keys to Chicago playing competitively.

Bear Tracks: The usually conservative Bears are being hailed for two special teams plays. The first, a 38 yard touchdown throw from punter Pat O’Donnell to RB Benny Cunningham on a fake punt, and the dazzling two-point conversion that had Jordan Howard, Zach Miller, and Trubisky all touch the ball….Chicago lost another LB to injury. John Timu, filling in for the suspended Jerrell Freeman, left in the second half with what appeared to be a fairly significant leg injury.

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