What’s next for Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky?
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Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s disappointment was obvious. His night Saturday against the Broncos ended with an interception.
‘‘I didn’t get another series after that,’’ Trubisky said. ‘‘I definitely don’t want to end like that, especially when I thought we had something going.’’
But Trubisky smiled, too. And that said more.
‘‘We’re excited to be back home in Chicago this week and practice at the facility,’’ said Trubisky, who didn’t throw any interceptions in two practices with the Broncos. ‘‘We’ve just got to get back to work, continue to get better. We’re still hiding a bunch of good stuff, too. There’s a lot of good stuff in this offense.’’
Here’s what’s on tap for Trubisky this week, with his final preseason tune-up Saturday against the Chiefs at Soldier Field.
Time to plan
The Bears didn’t game-plan for the Broncos, Bengals or Ravens this preseason, but that will change for the Chiefs.
‘‘It’ll be a game week for us,’’ Trubisky said.
Coach Matt Nagy’s ‘‘testing the waters’’ approach will carry into the regular season, but he has a strong understanding at this point of what his offense does well.
Trubisky knows Nagy will be aggressive; it’s part of his mindset and coaching philosophy. But this week also will provide Trubisky with his first true feel for who Nagy is as a game-planner and play-caller.
‘‘[Trubisky] has never done it,’’ backup Chase Daniel said. ‘‘We are going to be right by his side, helping him along. He has done such a good job picking this offense up. Nagy has thrown a lot at him. As I’ve said before, this is a very quarterback-centric offense. He has not disappointed at all.’’
More from Cohen
Trubisky wanted to take all the blame for his interception, but Nagy said running back Tarik Cohen’s route needed to be better.
‘‘He’s a really good route-runner from the backfield and does a lot of good things,‘‘ Nagy said. ‘‘On that one in particular, if you look at it, he was going to cut inside. For whatever reason, he felt the defender cut in front of him and he stopped. I think he learned that you can’t do that.’’
It was part of a shaky night for Cohen. Nagy called a timeout in the first quarter when Cohen didn’t line up in the right place. Cohen also could have read the blocks of center Cody Whitehair and right guard Kyle Long better on a screen.
But Trubisky saw his interception as part of their learning experience in Nagy’s offense. Nagy has big plans for Cohen, and Trubisky knows he’ll need him.
‘‘I just expect me and Tarik to be on the same page right there,’’ Trubisky said.
It’s also apparent the Bears purposely have limited Cohen so far in the preseason. He was on the field for only 10 snaps after playing one Aug. 9 against the Bengals.
‘‘We’ve just got to go back and correct it this week and make sure we’re on the same page because I’ve got to continue to get Tarik the ball in this offense because he can make plays for us,’’ Trubisky said.
Fewer moving parts
The Bears’ rotations at receiver continued during their joint practices with the Broncos. Receivers Marlon Brown, Tanner Gentry and Bennie Fowler played with Trubisky and Daniel. That might end this week, though.
At some point, Nagy wants his best receivers to settle in with Trubisky. Game-planning for the Chiefs will help. Taylor Gabriel is closer to returning from his foot injury, and Allen Robinson’s 11 snaps against the Broncos represented his first game action since he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Week 1 last season with the Jaguars.
Second-round pick Anthony Miller has a prominent place in Nagy’s offense. The question is, where does Kevin White fit? White’s 43 snaps against the Broncos trailed only Daniel’s 50 and offensive tackle Bradley Sowell’s 49.
Brown, meanwhile, has impressed the Bears. A fifth-year veteran who stands 6-5 and weighs 214 pounds, Brown played 41 snaps after being the first receiver to take the field when Robinson was removed from the game.
White had two catches for 15 yards against the Broncos and drew a pass-interference penalty that turned into a 37-yard gain. Brown caught one pass from Daniel for 30 yards, but he also was on the field for 10 snaps on special teams. White doesn’t play on special teams.
Snap to it
Whitehair struggled with his shotgun snaps during the two practices with the Broncos, but he wasn’t to blame for Trubisky’s fumble and the ensuing safety in the first quarter.
‘‘I just dropped it,’’ Trubisky said.
Nagy said he didn’t see any major issues with the snaps from Whitehair or second-round pick James Daniels.
‘‘I really wasn’t even noticing them at all,’’ Nagy said. ‘‘Everything seemed pretty good.’’
But if the Bears are going to experiment with changes to their offensive line, this is the week to do it. Nagy wants continuity up front heading into Week 1 against the Packers.
There has been a focus on the center position, but left guard remains an open competition. Are the Bears better off with an inside combo that features Eric Kush at left guard or one with Daniels surrounded by Whitehair and Long?
If Daniels is the answer, then Trubisky needs to work with him.