Minutes immediately after the Bears’ 21-9 playoff loss to the Saints on Sunday, quarterback Mitch Trubisky took a couple of minutes to say thank-you to his teammates in the locker room. Trubisky singled out offensive linemen Cody Whitehair and Charles Leno — “Those fellas, between other folks, signify so a lot to me,” he mentioned — who have guarded him for his full 4-year career with the Bears.
Trubisky, nevertheless, didn’t want the psychological minute to provide as a goodbye. A totally free agent in March, Trubisky mentioned Sunday night he wants to return to the Bears up coming season.
“I think I can undoubtedly see myself back right here upcoming calendar year,” he said. “Obviously a ton of that is out of my management — but it feels like home and it feels like we have unfinished business.
“Right now I’m just bummed about this time currently being about and how the game went, so [I have] a great deal of feelings likely on proper now. But I can see that. We’ll see. There are a lot of issues that have to transpire and a whole lot of choices that have to be produced and that is out of my command. But I can see that.”
It was a distinct response than Trubisky gave last month, when said that “thoughts arrive and go” about totally free company.
The additional essential problem, of program, is irrespective of whether the Bears want him again.
Normal manager Ryan Rate showed what he imagined of Trubisky when the Bears did not give him his fifth-calendar year solution final offseason. Mentor Matt Nagy did the identical when he benched Trubisky in his 11th quarter of football.
Returning to exchange Nick Foles, while, Trubisky was a revelation final month from 3 teams that merged to earn a quarter of their games.
Towards the two best teams in the NFC, although, Trubisky posted an 88.4 passer score that appears an dreadful large amount like his profession 87.2 mark. That contains the garbage-time generate at the conclude of Sunday’s recreation that yielded 92 of his 199 passing yards, nine of his 19 completions and his only touchdown.
Prior to the 99-lawn generate, which finished with a Jimmy Graham landing at the gun, the Bears experienced punted 7 instances and have been -for-9 on 3rd downs.
Does that qualify as progress? Does this year?
“I experience like I’ve gotten greater about these 4 many years — and, really, this time,” Trubisky stated. “It’s been tricky. There is been some ups and downs. But I’m very pleased of exactly where I’m at and where by we battled and how we got much better around the yr.”
A break up may advantage equally sides — Trubisky could shed the anticipations of being the franchise’s No. 2 decide on about stars Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.
Of any crew in the NFL, nevertheless, the Bears could supply Trubisky the clearest path to a starting up job. With Foles underneath agreement, they could give Trubisky a prove-it deal and draft a quarterback.
If Sunday’s match was the close, though, it was a microcosm of his career with the Bears – one particular in which he unsuccessful to make instinctive performs but also got small support from his teammates.
Late in the initially quarter, Trubisky split right as a extensive receiver when the Bears set David Montgomery in the shotgun on a “Wildcat” formation. Montgomery — who had 12 carries for only 31 yards — handed to Cordarrelle Patterson, who pitched to Trubisky on an close all over.
Rolling still left, Trubisky stopped at the 48 and threw a warmth-trying to get strike five yards into the finish zone — only for receiver Javon Wims to, with no a person masking him, drop it.
“It was a touchdown,” Trubisky explained. “You do not get a good deal of alternatives like that and get your male fairly wide open behind the security.”
Wims, who prior to Sunday had three targets and no catches more than the previous month, was the team’s No. 3 receiver only mainly because do-almost everything rookie Darnell Mooney skipped the sport with an ankle damage. By the center of the third quarter, Wims was operating as the team’s No. 2 receiver simply because — in an act of monumental stupidity — Anthony Miller was ejected for punching the Saints’ mentioned pest, cornerback C.J. Gardner-Johnson.
There had been moments, while, when Trubisky was his possess worst enemy.
3 plays immediately after Wims’ fall, and quickly subsequent a timeout, the Bears went for it on fourth-and-four from the Saints’ 34. Trubisky scrambled ideal. He held the ball out with his proper hand, as if preparing to stretch it toward the yard marker. He slowed to stutter-step, although, was caught by Gardner-Johnson from powering and wound up out of bounds, two yards short.
Down 11 on 3rd-and-8 late in the 3rd quarter, Trubisky dumped the ball off to receiver DeAndre Carter a property brief of the line of scrimmage. That remaining Carter, whose previous capture was in Week 1 with the Texans, to have to run 9 yards for a to start with down. He acquired four.
Perhaps the Bears have found more than enough. It’s possible the emotion is mutual.
Trubisky was nevertheless attempting to process it all.
“It’s hard, and you try not to assume about too far down the line and get it a person working day at a time,” Trubisky reported. “I know there’s selections that are going to be built this offseason.”