Bears’ Mitch Trubisky needs that ‘F-it’ mentality, says teammate
Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen thinks quarterback Mitch Trubisky would benefit from playing with arrogance.
Cohen discussed Chicago’s offense during an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” on Friday, saying Trubisky needs to think less and just go out and play. As transcribed by Beth Mishler-Elmore of Heavy.
“I really feel like it’s a number of things with our offense. We’re young. I feel like we weren’t really clicking well, and we really didn’t help him a lot at times,” Cohen said. “But I feel like once he gets that confidence about himself – and once he gets out of his own head, and he has that ‘F-it’ mentality, I feel like that’s when we see the best of him. You see in games like the Tampa Bay game that you’re showing. In the games when he just goes out there and has fun with us, he’s a wonderful quarterback.”
Perhaps Trubisky put too much weight on his own shoulders last year. The Bears–due largely in part to a dominant defense–stampeded to a 12-4 mark during the 2018 season. But Trubisky experienced serious regression this past year, resulting in an 8-8 record.
Some of the criticisms did appear to irk Trubisky. He demanded the team turn off all the TVs in Halas Hall so as to block out distractions this past November.
As Cohen suggested, perhaps it is time Trubisky carries himself with a little more swagger and brashness. He will certainly need it this summer.
After hearing time and again he would be the starter in 2020, Trubisky now finds himself in a quarterback competition with Nick Foles, whom the Bears acquired in March.
How Trubisky responds will undoubtedly be telling in terms of his overall growth and maturity throughout the 2020 season.