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room. The idea of a Tru­bisky run, the fear of it, might be just as im­por­tant as when he ac­tu­ally tucks the ball in and goes.

But fear is an equalop­por­tu­nity sleep-de­priver. No mat­ter how good Tru­bisky is as a run­ner, he opens him­self up to the pos­si­bil­ity of a big hit when­ever he scram­bles or ex­e­cutes a de­signed run. And that has to be on the minds of Nagy, gen­eral man­ager Ryan Pace and own­er­ship when­ever their 2017 first-round pick leaves the back­field and seeks ad­ven­ture. I’m think­ing it might be the lead­ing cause of front-of­fice chest tight­ness.

So, still smart­ing from the les­son of what hap­pened against the Vik­ings, do you tell Tru­bisky to put his legs in stor­age? The Bears, af­ter all, are in first place in the NFC North and a very good bet to make the play­offs. No mat­ter how well Chase Daniel per­formed in Tru­bisky’s ab­sence in a 23-16 vic­tory against the Lions, it’s hard to see the Bears play­ing to their po­ten­tial with a guy who has had three starts in a 10-year ca­reer. It’s pos­si­ble, but not some­thing you want to have to find out.

The long-term an­swer is in Tru­bisky be­com­ing a bet­ter pocket passer and learn­ing how to avoid pass rush­ers without al­ways hav­ing to bolt. The best ex­am­ple of that is Pack­ers quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers, who moves in and out of the way of blood­thirsty de­fen­sive line­men and lineback­ers like a waltzer. No one is ex­pect­ing Tru­bisky to | The league lead­ers in rush­ing yards by a quar­ter­back the last 12 years:

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