In­ac­cu­rate to la­bel Tru­bisky in­ac­cu­rate

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - TOP OF THE SECOND - BRAD BIGGS

I can un­der­stand that with the change at head coach and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor there can be grow­ing pains. But I was ex­pect­ing things more in the line of mis­cues, mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion or bad reads. Turns out the main is­sue with Mitch Tru­bisky is se­vere in­ac­cu­racy. Can this be fixed with time? — @gong­imenez

I don’t think it is fair to say “se­vere in­ac­cu­racy” is the prob­lem for Tru­bisky and the of­fense. Among quar­ter­backs with a min­i­mum of 70 pass at­tempts, Tru­bisky ranks eighth in com­ple­tion per­cent­age at 69.2. He has been on tar­get on the short stuff, which is the ma­jor­ity of what the Bears have thrown. We’re see­ing a lot of passes thrown at or near the line of scrim­mage to re­ceivers mov­ing hor­i­zon­tally. He has missed on the throws down­field, and in each game we’ve seen ex­am­ples of balls sig­nif­i­cantly off the mark. That has more to do with foot me­chan­ics, field vi­sion, com­fort in the pocket and tim­ing than it does with Tru­bisky’s abil­ity to purely throw an ac­cu­rate ball. All of those fac­tors, of course, play into it, and he has to do a bet­ter job of see­ing the field and re­act­ing. Has Akiem Hicks been get­ting the credit he de­serves?

— Tim M., Trevor, Wis. Hicks is get­ting a good deal of credit, and you hear his name men­tioned of­ten. Sure, Khalil Mack is gen­er­at­ing tons of in­ter­est, but Hicks has es­tab­lished him­self as a dis­rup­tive player, and the Bears are get­ting his best in a 3-4 scheme. He’s re­ally good and is mak­ing plays while cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for team­mates. When did Josh Bel­lamy jump over Kevin White on the depth chart? — @bert­man41809 Bel­lamy and White have had sim­i­lar play­ing time this sea­son, but White has yet to be tar­geted. Bel­lamy is also a valu­able con­trib­u­tor on spe­cial teams. Un­less there are more in­juries, I wouldn’t ex­pect ei­ther one to play con­sid­er­able roles on of­fense.

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