The reality of Mitch Trubisky's first career NFL start

The reality of Mitch Trubisky's first career NFL start
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 09: Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears walks off the field after losing to the Minnesota Vikings 20-17 at Soldier Field on October 9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

A 20-17 loss on Monday Night Football is not the worst thing.

Bears' rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky kept his team afloat in his first career NFL start. Unfortunately, it was his ugly mistake on a short throw to Zach Miller that led to an interception and a game-winning field goal for Minnesota late.

After the game, Trubisky took full blame for the interception. He says he knows he can't make a throw like that.

The thing is, he'll learn from his mistakes. Head coach John Fox is not the best guy to lead him, but offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains has been able to get Trubisky comfortable despite his lack of weapons on offense.

Perhaps the best moment of the game came on the 20-yard touchdown throw to Zach Miller. It was an underthrown ball that Miller luckily caught in the end zone for six. However, even though Trubisky made a poor toss downfield, he commanded the offense and led his man downfield with his hands while directing traffic. That part of the play was impressive.

Then came the play of the night on one of prettiest two-point conversions you'll ever see.

Trubisky finished 12-of-25 for 128 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a passer rating of 60.1. He also lost a fumble on a play where left tackle Charles Leno Jr. was smoked off the line of scrimmage by defensive end Everson Griffen. The Vikings only managed a field goal before the first half buzzer despite great field position.

Trubisky could have been the first Bears' rookie quarterback to win his in his debut but the 13-year slump continues. Krenzel was able to beat the 49ers in that 2004 game behind just one touchdown, three field goals and a defensive touchdown, 23-13.

The Bears used four quarterbacks that season including Krenzel, Jonathan Quinn, Chad Hutchinson and Rex Grossman. Luckily, the defense was strong back then.

Going back to the current state of the Bears, Trubisky's struggles on third down were apparent. He and the Bears converted only 3-of-12 third downs and he accounted for seven passing first downs.

The defense failing to force a turnover again makes life hard for Trubisky but at times they really looked good. Losing Willie Young for the season last week and John Timu during the game hampered the middle of the defense and the Vikings took advantage with up-tempo runs.

At 1-4, the truth of the matter is that the Bears need to use their young players more. With Trubisky under center, it is time to let running back Tarik Cohen play all over the field alongside Jordan Howard. Tight end Adam Shaheen needs to see more snaps and Tre McBride and Tanner Gentry deserve more playing time.

McBride looked respectable alongside Kendall Wright in the receiving room on Monday night.

Whether you enjoyed watching Trubisky or not or you are just another box score reader, he is a dynamic player.

He throws the ball with velocity, has really good feet and he tends to make good decisions. He will grow from this game and you can see the confidence that he has and the trust from his teammates.

Veteran backup Mark Sanchez has been inactive all season, but much like he did for Dak Prescott in Dallas last season, he's doing for Trubisky. We saw that all last night as Trubisky went to the sideline during breaks.

It is much better to play Trubisky than trot Mike Glennon out there. Glennon was a rental, always was. Trubisky is the future and if the Bears aren't going to be a winning team anyway, then you need to let the kid develop with live game time.

The future is bleak for Fox, Loggains and his staff, but Trubisky is going to grow leaps and bounds this season even if you don't think the coaches are good enough. He says all the right things in interviews, is hard on himself and has been a true leader for a long time in his football career.

Don't judge Trubisky on one start. Let his season speak for himself. Some of the greatest of all-time had mixed debuts. He certainly brings more excitement to the Bears team that is a fact.

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