Mitchell Trubisky Sees Himself in a Different Light

After watching a TV replay of Bears game besides the game film, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky saw a zombie-like player, a "shell" of himself, and promises to become more of a leader.
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Mitchell Trubisky quite literally took a look at himself the way fans see him, and didn't necessarily like everything he saw.

He's going to try to fix it.

Besides watching required game films, Trubisky watched a recording of Sunday's game from the television feed at coach Matt Nagy's request and didn't like what he saw from a leadership standpoint.

"I usually don't watch the game copies, I just watch the film and go through that," Trubisky said at Wednesday's Halas Hall press conference. "I got some advice. Coach Nagy even said I should watch that: Just watch myself and kind of see myself from a different perspective rather than just watching the film.

"I think that told me a lot about myself. It was weird watching it because I really didn't feel like it was me. It just was kind of a shell of myself. I'm going to get back to really leading in a way that I know how."

Trubisky didn't necessarily think he looked like a zombie, but his body language wasn't exactly that of a player leading a group of men.

"I really wasn't doing much, I really wasn't showing any body language," Trubisky said. "It was mostly just like a guy who looks super serious, kind of tense. And that's really not me, especially when you're going out on the field and playing the game you love. You should be out there having fun, which I usually am.

"But I'm not showing that. I think I can portray that in different ways. Especially in ways that my teammates can feed off."

So expect a more expressive Trubisky in the future, although this doesn't necessarily ensure more touchdown passes or fewer turnovers.

Regardless, he said he might continue to watch the TV version from time to time.

"I think it's something I can reference," Trubisky said. "Just continue to see myself and make sure I'm leading the way I know how. A way that's authentic and who I am."

If only they could have gotten a TV version of a game to Jay Cutler in his day.

"So I think that helped me see myself from a different point of view and how I can be even more positive on the sidelines, be more vocal, more hand gestures, and just get back to being myself on the sidelines instead of just being locked in on what I got to do the whole time," Trubisky said. "Especially through times of adversity, they're always looking towards the leaders, they're always looking towards me and seeing how we're going to react, how we're going to bounce back and be positive, so even more emphasis on that this week."

The Bears are traveling to Philadelphia to face the team they lost to in the playoffs last year as they try to halt a three-game losing streak and finish the first half of the season at .500.

"You got to be excited for the opportunity, you got to continue to come work and have fun," Trubisky said. "That's what I'm going to do this week. When everybody looks at me, hopefully they just get motivated and are ready to go and ready to get their mind back on track."

Nagy thinks Trubisky has been a leader if he hasn't looked like one, and needs to be at the forefront of leading the team through this difficult stretch.

"He absolutely is, because he's at a point right now where it's been a lull," Nagy said. "It's been real lull for him. He understands that.

"I don't think that's anything out of the ordinary, emotionally, to know. A lot of times in that position, what do we all do? You put pressure on yourself because you want to do as great as you can, and when the success isn't there, then everything goes to that position. Right or wrong, that’s just what happens. I think what’s important is that all of us, not just our quarterback but every player on this team, feeling support from one another."

Nagy has been recalling for everyone how the Chiefs in 2015 went through a five-game losing streak but turned it around. He believes when Trubisky gets them through this, it will be a huge benefit.

"When this thing does turn around, the feeling that you get — because I did it in Kansas City — the feeling that you have that you stuck through things through tough times, there’s nothing like it," Nagy said. "That's what I think is something in this message (that) is really good."

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