Go-getting self-motivators are often life’s most successful people, so it’s probably a good thing that the two biggest critics of the Bears’ offensive performance on Sunday were two prominent members of the offense.
First, Joe Aguilar of the Daily Herald writes quarterback Mitch Trubisky owned up to a subpar performance that didn’t necessarily vibe with the 101.8 quarterback rating he earned on Sunday. Trubisky described his play as “really poor” and added he needed to have a better showing overall.
Despite what looks like a good QB rating, Trubisky isn’t necessarily wrong about his performance (even if he’s being too tough on himself). He has completed just 50 percent of his passes, is averaging just 116 passing yards per game, and is taking sacks at an alarming 15.8 percent clip. At least bouncing back from a loss in your debut with quarterback ratings of 94.0 and 101.8 can serve as a confidence booster, but Trubisky sounds like a player who wants to do more for a defensive unit that is putting the team in a premier spot to win ballgames.
“We’re just finding ways to win games. We had more pass plays called. I was just pulling them down, being conservative and taking sacks,” Trubisky explained. “I was just trying to play smart, protect the football and get out of here with a win. … But, yeah, we got to get better in the pass game, and that comes on me.”
Trubisky wasn’t alone in wanting more from the offense.
Tight end Zach Miller spoke with the media on Monday at Halas Hall and made note that he and his teammates on offense weren’t holding up their end of the bargain. Seeing that Eddie Jackson gained nearly as many yards (151) in two return touchdowns as the Bears offense (153) on Sunday should serve as enough motivation to get back into the lab, work out the kinks, and put together a game plan to get points on the board.
Miller sounds up for the challenge and let’s hope so, because Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are built to score early and often.