Why Time Away Is Never a Good Thing for Mitchell Trubisky

Gene Chamberlain

It was just after the Bears routed Buffalo last year, and they were getting prepared to face Detroit in Soldier Field when Mitchell Trubisky reminded everyone about one particular aspect of his game.

"I think the more reps you get I've said before that I'm a big rep guy," Trubisky said. "So the more reps I get I just feel like I get even better and more and more comfortable just recognizing coverage, just seeing the game slow down."

This need by Trubisky to have play repetitions in order to be more effective is supported by at least one statistic which which doesn't reflect well on his chances to take down the New Orleans Saints when the Bears play next on Oct. 20 at Soldier Field.

Trubisky has an 18-12 record as the starting quarterback, including the cameo role he had in beating the Minnesota Vikings during his last start. Yet, he is only 2-5 when he's had to go more than eight days between starts  basically anything longer than an NFL work week. 

Trubisky simply hasn't been effective when he's coming off a bye or when he has more than a week to get ready, like the week plus three days they had before their Denver game following a Thursday night season-opening loss to Green Bay.

The same goes for when he starts out a season and he obviously hasn't played beforehand.

Trubisky Coming Off Rest

Date
Opponent
Result
TD
Int

Oct. 9, 2017

Minnesota Vikings

20-17 L

1

1

Nov. 12, 2017

Green Bay Packers

23-16 L

1

0

Sept. 9, 2018

Green Bay Packers

24-23 L

0

Oct. 14, 2018

Miami Dolphins

31-28 L

3

1

Dec. 9, 2018

LA Rams

15-6 W

1

3

Sept. 5, 2019

Green Bay Packers

10-3 L

0

1

Sept.15, 2019

Denver Broncos

16-14 W

0

0

In games with more than eight days away from the field, Trubisky has a passer rating of 74.63 which is quite a bit lower than his career 86.9 passer rating. He's completed 136 of 228 for 1,370 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions.

Three of the touchdowns came in one game, the loss at Miami last year.

Trubisky's classic stink bomb of a game came against the Rams after he'd been out for three weeks with a shoulder injury last year. He threw three interceptions, was 16 of 30 for only 110 yards, but in that one the Bears' dominant defense prevailed 15-6 over Los Angeles. Jared Goff was even worse with four picks.

The Bears haven't said for certain if Trubisky is playing against New Orleans, but when they released Tyler Bray and put him back on the practice squad it seemed a sure indication of Trubisky's return. 

And if Trubisky plays, it will have been 21 days since his last game.

When he had that career-low passer rating for a single game of 33.0 against the Rams, it had been 21 days since his last action.

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Comments (8)
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Derbystuffdotcom
Derbystuffdotcom

Trubisky is Ryan Tannehill jr, the Dolphins 7 year wanna be never was project, not enough background in college to obtain the mental skills of pro quarterbacking. Has a strong arm but inaccurate downfield throws especially straight vertical routes, unable read coverage. Can throw accurate passes short and on the roll out routes. Never going to progress to multiple all pro seasons.

Evilnation
Evilnation

Trubisky is a big disappointment! He's overrated and has a hard time going through his progression and can't read the defense. This will be his 3rd year he has a better attitude than Jay Cutler but he's one dimensional and locks in on one receiver while missing other potential open targets. I've seen better QBs in high school , he appears to be injury prone and will probably get hurt again if he plays before Christmas. It's time to stop making up excuses for Trubisky horrible performances and call it for what it is. He's not a pocket passer and his greatest strength is running out of the pocket but with the Bears playing system that doesn't fit. Bears need to find a veteran Quarterback who can come in and own the Quarterback position and give them a more productive offense chance to put points up and they can't always rely on the the defense to save them every time. Trubisky is a bum and they will not advance nor succeed with him if they continue wasting time showing him a system that he has trouble understanding.

Killameawefa
Killameawefa

He played lights out when he came off a long rest in college. In fact thats one thing he was known for. Trubisky seems reminicent of Jay Cut... Im not even gonna jinx it by finishing his name. He has so much potenetial, he looks like a NFL QB, but its just not there. He will bring your hopes up just to dash them into the ground. I feel he has what it taked to win a championship but the stars must align.

RogerThis
RogerThis

The great thing about comments is that we can critique the articles and how well they are written. I think we can all agree that Trubisky joined a terrible Bears team his first year. We should not be holding him accountable for that year. After his first year Trubisky record is 13 - 4. To all the ones that say it is the defense that won those games. Daniel's record during that same period is 2-2. 2018 Trubisky statistics were very similar to Aaron Rodgers who is considered one of the best quarterbacks ever. Time to give the Trubisky hate a rest.


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