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Bears coach Matt Nagy explains one major improvement from Mitchell Trubisky

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Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has been considered by many to be a disappointment through his first two years in the NFL, but Bears head coach Matt Nagy is expecting Trubisky to make a big jump in Year 3.

Nagy told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network that Trubisky is “way past” where he was a year ago, stating that he is reading the defense much better and picking up things such as blitzes and coverages.

Trubisky, who played his collegiate football at the University of North Carolina, was originally selected by the Bears with the second overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

He made 12 starts during his rookie campaign, throwing for 2,193 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 59.4 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 77.5. He also rushed for 248 yards and a couple of scores.

Then, this past year, Trubisky started all 14 games under center, missing a couple of contests due to an injury. He threw for 3,223 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 picks, completing 66.6 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 95.4. In addition, he totaled 421 yards and three scores on the ground, earning a Pro Bowl selection.

So, while Trubisky obviously was far from bad in 2018, he is not where some thought he would be when Chicago drafted him so highly a couple of years ago.

But, in Trubisky’s defense, quarterbacks generally show the most improvement in their third year rather than their second, so perhaps 2019 could be the season where the 24-year-old breaks out.

The Bears won 12 games and captured the NFC North division title this past season.