CHICAGO – Swords renegade Mitchell Trubiski abandoned the notion that playing just three snaps (all handsfree) in the preseason contributed to his unsuccessful performance during Chicago's 10-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.
"I know guys (the media) will try to make comparisons that way, but really, the photos in the preseason have nothing to do with the way we executed or the slop tonight," Trubiski said. we did this in practice. We were smooth in practice … it just seemed a little scattered tonight with all of our characters and we're trying to find a rhythm and trying to find our crime identity. We just put ourselves in bad situations and shoot ourselves in the legs. Maybe you can contribute to that (the lack of preseason action), but I think it's kind of a stretch. "
Trubiski finished 26-of-45 for 228 yards per passing score of 62.1
The 25-year-old quarterback tossed the end zone into double coverage of the Bears' last offensive possession.
" Definitely left a lot of play there, "Trubiski said." Just as an insult to ourselves, we really couldn't find a rhythm there. Apparently, she tumbled to third down. That was obvious. We need to be better first and second down in order to stay in manageable third down situations. I felt like I made some good throws here and there, I made some good decisions for the most part, but I think it was just a snoop on my own and as a whole the insult just went through all our procedures. It was just difficult. We couldn't find a rhythm. "
Fresh from a respectable second NFL season (3,223 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, 12 interceptions), Trubiski was expected to improve in his second year under coach Matt Nagy, who won NFL Coach of the Year honors in 2018.
But Trubiski showed little growth during Week 1 while watching the Packers defense successfully keep him in his pocket.
"We wanted to get Mitch to play quarterback," said Packers Corkback Tramon Williams, "We knew they had a lot weapons, we knew they were dangerous, we knew all those things. But we knew that if we could get Mitch to play quarterback, we would have a chance. "
Still, Nagy refused to blame Trubiski for the offensive crash.
" I think he saw (the box) OK, "Nagi said of But it's not – again, I didn't help him at all. I didn't help him. I have to help him. And then we have to continue the running game. That's 15 batters in 65 plays, you're down 7-3, but we – again, this is something we will do as a staff, we will get back together and understand, well, what we do as coaches and how we can get better to help these children.
"Obviously unacceptable. It starts with me, so this – I just told the guys over there, "This is not who we are."
An even bigger defensive challenge awaits Trubiski next week as the Bears travel to Denver to face the former Coordinator Vic Fangio Broncos.
Rob Demowski of ESPN contributed to this report