Mitchell Trubisky, Bears Showcasing Growing Trust, Chemistry

November 11, 2018 - 7:18 pm
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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Standing tall in the pocket, his feet in motion, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky shifted his vision across field from left to right, set himself properly and uncorked a deep ball that led receiver Allen Robinson in stride. 

Robinson positioned himself for the back shoulder position, turned himself so only he could catch the football and came down with the touchdown catch. That play late in the first quarter of the Bears' 34-22 win over the Lions, one with plenty of moving parts, reminded of the growth from Trubisky in his second professional season.

Trubisky worked through the progressions of the Bears offense knowing well where Robinson would be, the byproduct of their growing connection and the tireless work Trubisky puts forth behind the scenes. He trusted the play and his arm in putting the ball on the spot.

"It was just me doing my job, sitting back there and getting the ball to my playmakers," Trubisky said. "I just felt really comfortable today, and I put the ball where it needed to go. It's all a credit to my teammates and the work we put in in practice."

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Trubisky finished the afternoon 23-of-30 for 355 yards and three passing touchdowns, with another score on the ground. Because of those plays and his consistency all day, it was Trubisky's best game, coach Matt Nagy said. Trubisky is showcasing individual growth, and the rest of this Bears offense has benefited.

The strong performance Sunday came after a week of discussion about the national perception of Trubisky and his potential moving forward. Nagy has remained his most vocal supporter while teammates have chimed in too. The criticism should be toned down a bit after this outing.

"Everybody's entitled to their opinion," Nagy said. "But he's playing his tail off right now. I love where he's at. He's playing really well."

Added running back Tarik Cohen: "I don't have to run my mouth when he does stuff like this."

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Behind Trubisky's success has been a relentless drive to be great. He spends long hours at Halas Hall and is often the last player to leave the facility each day of the regular season. Fullback Michael Burton, who lives with Trubisky, sees him watching even more film or practicing his progressions in their living room. When the first-team defense is practicing, Trubisky will pull receivers to a side field and work on routes. 

Trubisky removed all social media accounts from his phone and actively tries to avoid hearing outside noise -- positive and negative. But he was keenly aware of the increased perception around the football world because his teammates were forced to respond inside their own locker room. The MVP-level play from Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes -- the next quarterback taken in the 2017 draft after Trubisky and a former protege of Nagy's -- only intensifies the spotlight under which Trubisky plays, but he embraces it.

After taking a quarterback draw four yards for the score midway through the second quarter, Trubisky let out a loud yell. Teammates took notice of that.

"That's how he responds to the critics -- him getting in the end zone and showing that passion," Cohen said. "Because on the field is where he can let it all out."

Trubisky has revealed growth by establishing timing with his targets, using those countless reps in practice since the spring and bringing it to the stadium on Sundays. He now can work through those progressions knowing well a player like Robinson will be there in the end zone.

This is a different Trubisky from the quarterback we saw even just weeks ago. He seems to be getting better. He wants to show that he's great, and it's hard to argue against a game like this.

"We build that trust, we build that chemistry and when I put the ball in the air I know my guys are going to go up and get it," Trubisky said. "And that's what they did today.

"I'm proud of my teammates, the way they believe in me, continue to have my back and the work we put in practice and translating that to the game."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​