The Chicago Bears provided more nervous energy than excitement in their 25-0 preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.
With less than two minutes left in the preseason, Connor Shaw was injured twice – sent into concussion protocol and later suffered an knee injury – and pressed Mitch Trubisky into emergency action. The Bears stuck to the running game during most of Trubisky’s return, but dropped him back to pass for an inconsequential final play of the game, which resulted in a game-ending sack.
Trubisky popped up like a champ, unharmed despite being brought down to end the preseason. But let’s be clear, the Bears dodged a bullet after seeing their fourth-string quarterback leave with a knee injury.
As for the other 58 minutes, there wasn’t much going on when the Bears had the ball. Trubisky earned the start, but didn’t do much of anything as each of the first nine plays called for him to turn around and hand the ball off to whoever was slotted behind him in the backfield. Seriously. At the time of his initial removal, Trubisky wrapped up a nice preseason having completed 36 of 52 passes (69.2 percent completion rate) for 364 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 108.2 passer rating. It’s not like he received much help from his backfield, which averaged fewer than 2 yards per carry during Trubisky’s time under center.
After his fourth-quarter cameo, Trubisky finishes the preseason 36 of 53 (67.9%) with a 106.2 rating. So if you’re doing the math at home, Trubisky lost 6.5 points off his passer rating and 2.9 percentage points from his completion percentage by running Thursday’s bland offense.
Tough break, kid.
Browns quarterbacks Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler combined to complete 24 for 37 passes for 302 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 119.7 passer rating to lead Cleveland’s offensive attack.
The Bears return to action Sept. 10 at home against the Atlanta Falcons, the defending NFC title winners.