When Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky was asked late Sunday whether he thought he did enough in a 41-25 loss to the Green Bay Packers to earn another shot at starting, he struggled to pin down the right response.
Trubisky threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns in his first start replacing Nick Foles, who is out with a hip injury. He also committed three turnovers, which led to three Packers touchdowns.
"I think myself and the offense, we had kind of this expectation or picture of what we thought could happen going into this game, and it just didn't go that way from the get-go," Trubisky said. "I don't know (if I earned another start). I don't know. That's not my call. I just try to put my best foot forward every single day and the chips will lay where they are."
On Monday morning, coach Matt Nagy initially didn't commit to Trubisky starting the Bears' next game Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field, noting he was going to see how Foles looked in his recovery. But he eventually seemed to indicate Trubisky likely will start again.
"I would probably prep for that, but I've got to see where Nick's at and keep talking with Mitch," Nagy said. "But I thought personally that, from how he played yesterday in the situation that we were in, I don't see why not."
It speaks to how bad the Bears offense has been for the last month and a half under Foles that Trubisky could come in as a backup, turn the ball over three times and still be considered the better choice.
The Bears offense scored three touchdowns for the first time since Nagy benched Trubisky in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons and Foles threw three touchdown passes to lead a comeback victory. But two of the touchdowns Sunday night were in the fourth quarter after the Bears fell behind 41-10, thanks in part to Trubisky's turnovers.
Nagy was much harder on his defense Monday morning than he was on Trubisky, saying the unit could handle the criticism. But when evaluating his quarterback, he lamented the Bears settling for a field goal on their opening drive after Cole Kmet dropped a pass and Allen Robinson couldn't pull in a 50/50 ball in the end zone. Nagy noted that the Bears falling so far behind didn't help their play selection. And he stated the obvious.
"The turnovers for us is what we can't have," Nagy said.
Nagy and Trubisky both called Darnell Savage's interception in the end zone after Darnell Mooney was slowed up a "good play." The Packers followed with a 13-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to go up 20-3.
"Definitely looking back on it, I forced it a little too much," Trubisky said. "I probably would have liked to check it down or scramble, but I was trying to be aggressive early on. That's what we were preaching this week as a team. Mooney got held up a little bit, but I still think he could have got to it. The safety made a good play over the top."
Trubisky turned it over again on the Bears' next drive when Za'Darius Smith sacked him and Trubisky lost his grip. Preston Smith scooped up the ball and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown. Replay potentially showed Za'Darius Smith committing a face-mask penalty, but it went uncalled.
"I was surprised," Trubisky said. "Everything was just happening so fast on the field. It's my job to hang on to the football. I've got to do that. ... That's all I can control, so that's something I've got to improve going forward. But it would be nice to get a call and have that taken off the board and not be in such a big hole as we were."
Savage picked off Trubisky a second time in the third quarter. Trubisky threw to Anthony Miller into triple coverage despite Allen Robinson being open. The Packers scored four plays later for a 34-10 lead.
Those mistakes exacerbated a poor performance by the Bears defense, and Trubisky's two touchdown passes to Robinson and one to David Montgomery barely made a dent in the lead the Packers built.
"It was kind of hard to assess because overall we were playing from behind the whole time, which is not ideal," Trubisky said. "I've got to take away the turnovers, got to protect the football. That's pretty much the main thing I'm concerned with. I can't put the defense in tough spots. ... You're just not going to win games, or be in games, if you turn the ball over. And that's on me.
"But we battled. We put up some points and we stuck together. That's what we've got to continue to preach going forward is just sticking together. We've got to find a way to get one and then hopefully go on a roll. After a game like that, you've got to look in the mirror and see what you can continue to improve on and what you can do as a leader to lift guys up around you so we can stop feeling this way after games."
It appears Trubisky, who will be a free agent after this season, could receive another chance to lead the Bears despite his mistakes Sunday night.(c)2020 Chicago Tribune Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC