Mitch Trubisky said he’s been working the entire offseason to try and fix his passing mechanisms. Especially his footwork. Something that has haunted him since entering the league but was at his worst in 2019. Everyone has bad memories of the constant knockdowns from wide open receivers or the inability to find guys on time. Too often he would make his way to his next read late, allowing defenders to react and interrupt play.
In the early days of training at Halas Hall, it seemed like the 26-year-old might have gotten something. He wasn’t throwing interceptions and there were a lot more finishes. However, as the camp progressed, the Chicago Bears began to include more live spells, 11-on-11s, and scrimmages.
As at the right time, the mistakes started to recur. Check out what Adam Hoge wrote for NBC Sports.
“Unfortunately, two high collars to Ted Ginn Jr. in the period were a warning sign of what was to come. In 7v7, Trubisky forced a pass to Wims downstream when he had an open option below (more on that in a minute). Later, he was late on a pitch to Jimmy Graham and was inaccurate on several throws in the 11v11 period…
… It’s not like Foles ran away with the day, but he certainly didn’t struggle as much as Trubisky did. Aside from the interception, I only noticed one other throw that was irrelevant to Foles, while Trubisky had at least six passes to escape him. “
Mitch Trubisky just starts to stumble when things get real
When the defense is actually allowed to try to make life difficult for her, she succeeds more often than she fails. Scrums and 11-on-11 drills are when a quarterback needs to deal quickly, know where the football is going and put it on their receivers. If it was easy then everyone would be an NFL QB. Trubisky can do a lot of things, but that’s what matters most.
And he’s still struggling with that.
It is not yet time to panic. There are still two weeks of camp left. This crisis of two practices could be temporary. He can still go back to where he was when things started. Yet history is not on his side. The hardest things to learn in the NFL are throwing a ball with consistent accuracy and dealing with high speed defense. Although Nick Foles is not the best, he turns out to be better than Trubisky.
Time is running out for the old choice # 2 to change that narrative.