What is different that the Bears do believe they have a quarterback with whom they can win, even win with because of. He is the co-host of "Dickerson & Hood" on the ESPN Radio national network, and is heard in Chicago on ESPN 1000. The extra time off following Week 4's Thursday nighter has to be a factor in the Bears' favor and there's the unknown factor that the Vikings must contend with since Mitchell Trubisky is making his first career National Football League start. At that point in time, the Vikings offense was struggling to generate a rhythm and had picked up only three first downs in the first six drives. He opened the second half with a 13-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph. But the Bears let him down with a bad drop and a holding penalty by Cody Whitehair that wiped out a nice throw by Trubisky and diving 26-yard catch by Tre McBride. The Bears looked to get him on designed movement in obvious passing situations (a great way to hide your offensive tackles against beastly edge rushers like Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter, by the way) and Trubisky, for the most part, performed well. His 20-yard TD pass bounced off a Minnesota defender's hands.
If Trubisky is the real deal, he'll keep the Bears in this one. It was the Bears' first completion this season of 30 or more yards.
On the first touchdown pass of his career, Trubisky used play-action to the left to create space, and then, rolled out to the right of the formation.
Pretty incredible, right? Monday Night Football color commentator and offensive guru Jon Gruden even acknowledged how awesome that play call was, stating "I need to put that in my offense". On those plays, Trubisky was 4-for-7 for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Some next level play design from Chicago #Bears. He also had 51 yards on two kickoff returns. That ranks dead last among qualified quarterbacks by a wide margin.
"I was trying to just [elevate teammates] with my presence, how much I love this game and how much I love this team", Trubisky said. They've turned the ball over 12 times in five games. Kendall Wright is a slot wideout being made to act like a No. 1, so the pass game again was pretty much dinking and dunking to the Bears' best backs and tight ends. McKinnon is best served in a change of pace role, but with Murray's ineffectiveness and the revolving door at quarterback he may have to pick up a larger share of the offensive load.
The Bears can clean up Trubisky's accuracy and turnover issues - hopefully - but you can't teach athleticism. Chemistry will come in time with Trubisky. They made a mistake by starting Sam Bradford at quarterback after he'd missed three games with an ailing knee.
Though the Chicago Bears exited Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings with a disappointing 20-17 loss, there were plenty of positives for the young team to take away moving forward.