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Matt Nagy says Mitchell Trubisky played better than most people think vs. Patriots

Mitchell Trubisky, Matt Nagy

The Chicago Bears fell just short 38-31 against the New England Patriots in Week 7 action that saw second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s performance be among the primary talking points.

It was a topsy-turvy type of outing for Trubisky, who completed 26-of-50 passes for 333 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions along with 81 rushing yards on six attempts and a touchdown. Despite that, head coach Matt Nagy voiced that he believes that Trubisky had a better game than what was perceived by the casual fan, according to Matt Potash of The Chicago Sun-Times.

“Going back and watching tape, he played as I thought. He played better than most people think he played,” Nagy said Monday. “Early in the game, there were some throws that look like he missed them, but he missed them because the [receiver] isn’t open and it’s more of a throwaway.

“That’s where, to an outsider, it looks like he’s inaccurate when really he’s just trying to get the ball away because [the receivers] weren’t winning outside. Our offense understands that. Our guys know it. They understand that we’ve got to play better.

It was a game that Trubisky had plenty of moments in both directions that were both encouraging and questionable as he both kept his team in the game and put them in a tough spot. He threw a pair of interceptions with the latter being interception in the fourth quarter with his team trailing 31-24. It stunted a drive that could have seen them tie the game up rather than continue to play from behind.

Trubisky was highly effective as a runner making plays with his legs that included an eight-yard run that saw him make his way around several defenders to get into the end zone. However, he has shown he has plenty of room for growth as his decision making must improve. He has a near interception in the end zone that could have been intercepted on a throw to tackle-eligible Bradley Sowell that could have easily been a turnover.

Nonetheless, the Bears are trending in the right direction with Trubisky under center that should continue to be a driving point with each week with the team looking to make a strong push to the playoffs.

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