Wednesday’s NFL: Trubisky finds his accuracy
Lake Forest, Ill. — It hasn’t been a streak of accuracy on a level with Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees or Tom Brady. Nevertheless, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has eliminated interceptions his past three starts.
Whether Trubisky can continue making good decisions and throws in his first playoff game at Soldier Field against the defending Super Bowl-champion Eagles on Sunday could go a long way toward determining if the Bears’ season continues.
“I think I’ve gotten better through the course of the season,” Trubisky said, “just continuing to make adjustments, making those split-second decisions and just continue to get better and be critical of myself when I don’t and learn from those mistakes.”
Trubisky suffered through a difficult three-interception game in the Bears’ 15-6 win over the Rams, when he returned from a two-game absence because of a shoulder injury.
After a third-quarter interception, Bears coach Matt Nagy went entirely to the ground game the rest of the way. Since then, Trubisky has become deadly accurate and clutch.
“He just handles adversity,” Nagy said. “He knows how to run this offense now. He’s at a point right now where when he calls a play in the huddle, he can start looking at the defense rather than looking at the offense.”
Trubisky went 63-of-83 for 644 yards with three touchdown passes and no interceptions for a passer rating of 109.7 in wins over the Packers, 49ers and Vikings.
Nagy called it a matter of coaches figuring out what plays and formations Trubisky performs best and knows best.
“I think he’s finally starting to really understand who we are becoming as an identity within this offense,” Nagy said.
So Nagy has some advice for Trubisky heading into his first postseason game, as the Bears try to take advantage of an Eagles pass defense ranked 30th. “To not change, for him to continue to do just what he does,” Nagy said. “Last week, he had a little bit of a test of it, and I thought he did a great job handling the situation.”
The baby-faced Trubisky is sporting a playoff beard these days, as are all the Bears quarterbacks. It took a while, though. He started growing it the first week of the season. It seems an unusual time to start thinking playoffs.
“I had faith,” Trubisky said.
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