Joniak: Trubisky Feels Prepared For Fangio, Broncos

Jeff Joniak
September 11, 2019 - 6:46 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The latest observations from Jeff Joniak at Halas Hall:

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--“It was a long weird weekend,” Mitch Trubisky said Wednesday. It did take him a while to shake the performance and loss to the Packers. Sitting on that, thinking about it a lot, was the crushing after-effects of a bad day at the office. “Three days to really dwell on it which you’re not supposed to,” Trubisky said. “We’re still positive about it. We’re still confident in what we can be as an offense and we just got to go out there and play that way this week.”

--There is a familiarity and comfort level of varying degrees by Trubisky when it comes to understanding what Broncos head coach and defensive czar Vic Fangio will throw at him Sunday in Denver. “We feel very comfortable with it,” Trubisky said.

--Young quarterbacks are susceptible to the disguises of defensive minds like Fangio. “He’s really good with predictability knowing what your tendencies are and what you are bringing and putting guys in the right spot. He does a good job of making it complicated for the quarterback to see as far as holding coverages and stuff, but he keeps it simple for his guys to be in the right spot and make plays.”

--Bears add a tight end to the active roster, claiming J.P. Holtz on waivers from the Washington Redskins. The former University of Pittsburgh product was undrafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2016. To clear a roster spot, the Bears waived young defensive lineman Abduallah Anderson. Holtz played 14 snaps on special teams in the opener for the Redskins. He caught 81 passes in college, 11 for touchdowns at 6’4”, 240.   

--Tribusky wants improvement from the offense in general terms in these areas: a faster operation, urgency in and out of the huddle, with everyone on the same page playing with confidence; less thinking, more communicating and playing fast.

--Fangio was on a teleconference with local reporters today and gave high praise to his old defensive unit. “I have a lot of fondness and good memories of being with those players. I really liked being around them on a daily basis. I appreciate that situation was there for me.”  

--Leonard Floyd’s two sacks against the Packers caught Fangio’s attention. “Yeah, I told you guys time and time again that he’s a really good player. They knew what they were doing when they gave him that fifth-year option. He’s a helluva football player, and he’s going to continue to have a helluva career and he’s going to keep getting better and better.”

--Left tackle Charles Leno Jr explained the types of players Kahlil Mack and Von Miller are in advance of their showdown on Sunday.  “Well, they’re both really explosive players and they’re the best at their job, probably the top two edge rushers for their job. It’s a big difference between the two. Von’s more outside rusher and Kahlil, he can do a lot of power moves. Von can just burn you off the edge with speed. Those guys are just really high-level players, and you got to be ready for them because those are game-changers.”

--Once again, tight end Trey Burton was limited with a sore groin. He was joined by nose tackle Eddie Goldman, who was sidelined with oblique soreness. It was a full return to practice for backup tackle Rashaad Coward, who has overcome a preseason elbow injury.

Jeff Joniak is the play-by-play announcer for the Bears broadcasts on WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9 FM. Follow him on Twitter @JeffJoniak.