THEY’VE GOT LEGS
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: