Oh my friends, this is the sweetest edition of #TinThoughts I have written thus far. The Bears came out to play and trounced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field 48-10 on Sunday. Let’s get right into with Chicago’s previous favorite target of criticism, Mitch Trubisky.
I want to highlight what was said right here the last few weeks while the rest of Chicago was calling for Ryan Pace’s head.
The offense will come around and resemble the first 25 plays more than the second half. This team has promise, they will be in the hunt towards the end of the year. I know this stings but the pieces are there folks. These are not your Marc Trestman/John Fox Bears. This season is going to be fun, I can promise you that.
This leads me to #10. He is showing growing pains, lots of them. People are calling for his head already. They think he is a bust. They are ready to hand the reigns over to Chase Daniel. I hate to quote Aaron Rodgers, but R-E-L-A-X. You are allowed to be worried. He has not shown the greatest wherewithal as a passer throughout the first few games. He has missed open receivers multiple times. Please remember, he is young. He is learning a new offense. There will be mistakes. He calmed down and did exactly what he needed to do in the second half. Manage the football game, do not make mistakes, let the defense do the brunt of the work, and you will be just fine Mitch.
I am here to be the voice of reason as always. I am not going to say Ryan Pace ruined this franchise after the kid has played not even a full season in the NFL. You can be a bit concerned sure, but give it time. Mitchell Trubisky has played 15 games in his NFL career. Do you know what Carson Wentz’s QB rating was after 16 games in his NFL career? 79.3. Do you know what Mitch’s currently sits at after 15 games? 77.6. Carson Wentz was an MVP candidate last year. I realize this is tough to watch because this is a game he should have taken major strides. It is tough because all the other young gunslingers seem to be tearing up the NFL. If it gets to week 8 and Mitch still hasn’t shown any promise then you can act like every other Chicago radio caller. For now, give the kid a little leeway.
Well friends, it is fantastic to be right. Mitchell Trubisky was as good as you can possibly be yesterday. I am not going to overreact and say this Bears team is now Super Bowl bound because of a performance against a defense that allows 34.75 ppg with a banged up secondary. I am going to say this is a gigantic step in the right direction, which is all most logical Bears fans were looking for. A Bears quarterback hadn’t had 5 touchdowns in a game since 1949. Mitch had 5 touchdowns at halftime. He was one touchdown from the record of 7 in a game. He threw them in all shapes and sizes. He was able to finally get the deep ball under control. It was truly a beautiful site for all those who decided to remain patient with the young quarterback. Hopefully this ends a lot of the harsh criticism on Mitch and we can all watch him grow moving forward. Oh, and this was tweeted just a week prior to yesterday…
This man worked for NFL Network and NFL.com at one point in his life. It makes sense as to why he no longer works there.
And now onto our weekly segment, what did Khalil Mack do great this week? He had 3 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. Ho hum, just another day at the office for Mr. Mack. Four straight weeks, he has recorded a sack and forced fumble. BANANALAND. He currently is on pace to finish with over 20 sacks. If you were wondering just how big of an effect Mack has, through three weeks the Bears allowed a passer rating of 77.8 and 7.3 yards per attempt with Mack on the field and 142.6 and 9.3 with him off the field. Thank you Jon Gruden.
The defense itself once again played superb. Four sacks and three interceptions. They also put Fitzmagic to rest by knocking him out of the game at halftime. This defense is for real, there is no doubt about that. I do have an issue with one particular player though. Leonard Floyd needs to pick it up. He once again only had 2 tackles and really disappeared on the field. He had one pass deflection but he needs to get on the board in the sack department. Hopefully the bye week will allow him to look at some film and come out of the gates hot in week 6.
It was also great to see Tarik Cohen truly get in the mix. It just shows then when utilized correctly he is an absolute force to be reckoned with. He had 13 rushes for 52 yards and 7 receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. Nagy needs to be sure Cohen continues to be part of the gameplan moving forward.
Cannot end this without a shoutout to Cody Parkey, two 40 plus yard field goals right through the uprights. This put him at 9/10 on the season. Bears fans have not had a consistent kicker since Robbie Gould, looks like they may have found one with Parkey.
This is a perfect time for the Bears to go into a bye week in my opinion. They can now look at film of what to do and what not to do. A break in the beginning is very good for a young quarterback, it gives him a second to step back and look at the bigger picture. It is especially good to go into after playing an almost perfect game. The Bears will then come out of this with 4 out of their next 5 being very winnable games. If they win the games they are supposed to, this would put the Bears at 7-2 going into a big divisional game at Soldier versus the Vikings. I hate to say it but I think the playoffs actually could be in the picture for this young Bears team. Stay tuned folks!
P.S. Always important to soak this in. Bear down.