Bernstein: Bears D Covers For Trubisky's Issues

September 17, 2018 - 10:41 pm

(670 The Score) Pretty much everybody expected the Bears to beat the Seahawks on Monday evening, from the setters of the betting lines to those of us in the media who make useless predictions. The print folks were unanimous and we radio yakkers mostly so in thinking the same Bears that manhandled the Packers before wetting themselves​ would be able to beat an injury-riddled opponent caught at just the right time, early in the season and at the start of an untenable rebuild.

And we were all way more accurate than Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, a fact that should be unsettling even in the glow of Matt Nagy's first coaching victory, a 24-17 win at Soldier Field.

This defense just might be the truth, with Khalil Mack again making a home in the first-half stat sheet as much as the Seattle backfield, Aaron Lynch revving a high motor and Prince Amukamara working through early post-ups by Brandon Marshall to make the game's most important play. Every bit of it was needed and probably shouldn't have been against this team. It brings us back to Nagy and his quarterback on whom general manager Ryan Pace has bet the farm.

His farm isn't on solid ground yet.

Trubisky needs a ton of work and in some ways has regressed from last season in his ball placement, reactions to pressure and the eye focus needed to combine the two. He had half-field reads all game and still too often was flushed into turning his back to the play. The first interception was a brutal underthrow after uncertain footwork, the second a tipped ball. The third that never happened was an idiotic second quarter end-zone chuck that was a hair away from being a 104-yard touchdown the other way. Trubisky finished 25-of-34 for 200 yards, two touchdowns and the two interceptions.

So the offense stayed collegiate for the most part, read-option stuff and scramble take-offs and run-pass options, which is all fun and games until the quarterback is clutching his knee and waving for the cart. Any Bears fan with Gary Crowton acid flashbacks can be forgiven, but the difference is that Trubisky isn't Shane Matthews in any way whatsoever. At least he'd better not be, or this is all a house of cards.

It's a win, and it's good, and that's incontrovertible. All true.

Yet a shaky quarterbacking outing against a defense manned by no-names gives pause as we use the small sample size we have to set our standards. I believe it's fair to be pleased that the Bears responded to a miserable opening loss by doing what they could to manage the game in front of them enough to secure a win they needed and avoid a loss that would've been crushing. Similarly, the number of missed open receivers on potentially big plays and general discomfort of the chosen passer are genuine concerns.

Nice outcome, but until the ball goes from the hand of Trubisky to where it's supposed to be when is it's supposed to be there, these Bears will go nowhere meaningful.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s Bernstein & McKnight Show in middays. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.​​​​