By Wanda Wiedman /@WandaW63
In a recent press conference, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky expressed his attitude going into the matchup against the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday.
“So our preparation this week is going well and we just have to find a way to win this week. But there’s no getting used to it, no being content. We’ve just got to work harder, stick together and find a way to win Sunday.”
If you are a true competitor, losing should never be something you accept. It hurts and gnaws at you. As a fan, it’s heartbreaking when you know the knowledge and talent are there, but so are mental mistakes. The Bears young QB has no tolerance for losing. He took ownership of bad footwork and not being on the same page as his receivers.
The matchup this Sunday is against the 1-9 49ers, who will be showcasing their new toy: quarterback Jimmy Garappolo. A true student of Tom Brady, he will do whatever he can to win in front of the home crowd. But Trubisky has no intention of losing again if he can help it. The question is, will his team follow and hand him an all-team win to bring back to Chicago?
It all depends on all three phases. Will head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains give him the opportunity to make plays? Or will they continue to hinder what he is itching to do – PLAY REAL FOOTBALL! Newly acquired wide receiver Dontrelle Inman has shown that he can separate from press coverage. Using Inman for long passes, wide receiver Kendall Wright for the hook routes and rookie running back Tarik Cohen on the slants will make for exciting football. Maximizing tight end Adam Shaheen up the middle and in red zone plays will help revive the remainder of the season.
But let’s not forget the run plays by pounding the rock with running backs Jordan Howard, Benny Cunningham, and Cohen. In order to do that, the offensive line needs to create daylight for the run game to be successful. Instead of letting the defense push and collapse the pocket (as they did against the Philadelphia Eagles), they need to direct them away from the pocket to give the running game a chance of progress.
As for the defense, with the return of linebacker Danny Trevethan and the addition of defensive end LaMarr Houston, there should be a contest as to how many tackles and sacks they could get against Garappolo’s true debut. There needs to be more aggressiveness out of linebacker John Timu, defensive lineman Pernell McPhee, and rookie defensive back Eddie Jackson. Cornerback Crevon Le’Blanc had himself a day against the Eagles last week and I expect the same against the 49ers.
The entire Chicago Bears organization needs to win in the worst way on Sunday, and it needs to be more than just by a field goal. Their dignity as a storied franchise needs to be displayed on Sunday and the following weeks after. As a fan, I want this team to win in the worst possible way. I can’t BEAR to watch another blowout defeat.