A Mitch-ka moment: Why Bears love Mitch Trubisky’s TD throw to Anthony Miller

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Bears QB Mitch Trubisky throws a pass against the Jets. | Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Mitch Trubisky’s four-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller in the third quarter started with a change at the line of scrimmage and ended with “a little cha-cha.’’

“Moving my hips a little bit,” Miller said of his touchdown celebration during the Bears’ 24-10 victory Sunday against the Jets at Soldier Field. “Just having a little fun.”

Between the change and that fun, there were signs of Trubisky’s development and his growing chemistry with Miller after weeks of working on it and after some missed throws last week in the loss to the Patriots.

“They zoned us out down in the red zone, as we expected,” Trubisky said of the play. “I gave [Miller] a corner route and changed his route. [Nickel back Buster Skrine] didn’t have [his] eyes back for me, and he was trying to look for the ball, and Anthony did.

“I threw it in a spot where only Anthony could catch it, and he made a great play. He kept his feet inbounds and snagged the ball.”

It was a back-shoulder throw to the back of the end zone that gave the Bears a 14-3 lead in the third quarter after an uneven first half for Trubisky and the entire offense.

“Mitch just read how the defender was playing me,” said Miller, who had three catches for 37 yards. “He gave me a perfect ball in the back of the end zone.”

Miller said he expected that type of throw based on Skrine’s coverage and his work with Trubisky.

“It takes a lot [of practice],” Miller said. “We’re still getting it together every game. Some throws we missed today. You’re going to see a lot of those start connecting as the year goes on.”

Trubisky did have his misses on a windy day, including incompletions to Miller, wide receiver Josh Bellamy and running back Jordan Howard. The Bears only converted one third down in the first half, with right guard Kyle Long’s unnecessary-roughness penalty negating their second, a 20-yard pass to wide receiver Kevin White.

But Trubisky was better in the second half. That was obvious. He ran for a first down on third-and-10 from the Bears’ 45 to keep the drive that culminated with Miller’s touchdown catch going.

“They were doing a good job of stopping us in the first half, but we also stopped ourselves a little bit there,” said Trubisky, who completed 16 of 29 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns and had a 102.7 passer rating. “We just needed to continue to get into a rhythm.”

Trubisky did that in the second half by focusing more on completions and not trying to force big plays.

“Overall, we just found a way and grinded it out,” said Trubisky, who had 23-, 18-, 14- and 13-yard completions in the second half.

The Bears’ best play in the first half was running back Tarik Cohen’s 70-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown.


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They caught the Jets in an all-out blitz, which left Cohen wide-open on a screen. He raced into the end zone behind a great block from wide receiver Taylor Gabriel.

“Coach [Matt Nagy] had a great call for that situation,” Trubisky said.

Trubisky properly identified the play before the snap and ran it effectively.

“I’m the bait on the play,” he said.

With Halloween on Wednesday, Trubisky — wearing a white shirt, tie, Bears sweater-vest and sunglasses — was dressed as “Da Coach’’ before and after the game.

“I wouldn’t call it a costume,” Trubisky said. “I would say I’m dressed as a legend.”

Trubisky didn’t have a legendary performance, but he still played well enough to win, his biggest highlight being the touchdown toss to Miller.

“In my world,” Nagy said, “that’s a special throw.”


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