Mitch Trubisky *FINALLY* earned his first start with the Chicago Bears and did absolutely nothing … until the team caved into peer pressure.
Trubisky played nine offensive snaps through three series and handed it off nine times, causing fans to shower the field with boos after arriving hoping to see the rookie throw the ball around the field in the preseason finale.
Trubisky’s first drop-back in the game came with 14:01 left in the second quarter (it resulted in a scramble and a penalty), his first attempted pass went off Joshua Rounds’ hands at the 13:37 mark, and his first completion went to Deonte Thompson for a gain of seven with 13:33 left in the half.
Before that aerial display, the Bears came off the bus running with Rounds, Benny Cunningham, and Jeremy Langford each receiving hand-offs from Trubisky. To his credit, Trubisky definitely looked like a pro’s pro taking the snaps from under center and putting the ball in the belly of his backs. Unfortunately, Bears rushers combined to gain 14 yards – or 1.6 yards per carry.
Maybe the Bears believed Trubisky needed work on hand-offs? Couldn’t hurt to get practice on those snaps and exchanges in game action. And it also doesn’t hurt to limit Trubisky’s exposure to hits – like one he took late out of bounds on a scramble – in a game that ultimately does not matter.
No matter the reason for the game plan, here comes Connor Shaw to guide the Bears’ offense the rest of the way.