TRUB-LE SHOOTER MITCHELL

Daily Star Sunday - - SPORT - ■ by ALEX MILLER

CHICAGO BEARS quar­ter­back Mitchell Tru­bisky ad­mits he will need help from his team-mates to get through his first

NFL start un­scathed to­mor­row night. Tru­bisky, the sec­ond over­all pick in this year’s draft, has been on the side­lines for the first four weeks of the sea­son while get­ting used to life as a pro­fes­sional. But af­ter starter Mike Glen­non threw two in­ter­cep­tions in last week’s loss to Green Bay – his fourth and fifth picks in the last three games – coach John Fox says now is the time for Tru­bisky to take the reins.

Fox, who told Tru­bisky he would be the starter for to­mor­row night’s game against the Min­nesota Vik­ings straight af­ter the de­feat at Green Bay, said: “He had an out­stand­ing camp and did well in pre-sea­son. I just feel he is ready for the next step. We didn’t pro­tect the ball very well in our last game and that didn’t give us too much of a chance to win.

“The tim­ing works out pretty well in hav­ing a lit­tle more time to pre­pare for Min­nesota.

“Will he make mis­takes? I’m sure. But I think he’s ready for it and we’ll see how he re­sponds.”

And although he says he feels good, Tru­bisky knows he will have to rely on his team-mates against the Vik­ings. He said: “I feel like I’m ready.

“We have had a week to pre­pare and we’ve taken it day by day, do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to pre­pare.

“I am go­ing to de­pend on my team-mates a lot but my job is to get the ball to our play­mak­ers. I am just the dis­trib­u­tor. I have got to man­age the of­fence and do the best I can. From day one it has been about manag­ing the of­fence.

“My team-mates have ral­lied around me and they’ve seen what I can do. I have got to be that spark for the of­fence.

“I can’t say enough about how good Mike has been through­out this whole process. As a pro­fes­sional and as a per­son it says a lot about him.

“Based on last week we have a lot to prove and a lot to im­prove on. There has been a good sense of ur­gency this week and we have gone back to ba­sics.

“I have got to do the sim­ple things that al­low me to play to my strengths.”

In the best of to­day’s games, Green Bay travel to Dallas in a re­match of last year’s NFC Di­vi­sional play-off, while the only un­beaten team left – Kansas City Chiefs – travel to face Hous­ton’s fe­ro­cious de­fence.

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