Mitch Trubisky tries to stay humble and classy whenever he talks about his experience with the Chicago Bears. There were good times. Make no mistake about that. He still remembers 2018 with great reverence and has great admiration for several former teammates. However, try as he might, it’s more obvious than ever he is still bitter about how things ended last year. He clearly feels he wasn’t the problem with the Bears’ offense.
Trubisky spent last season with the Buffalo Bills as Josh Allen’s backup. He used that experience to get an opportunity with the Pittsburgh Steelers for their starting job. All signs point to him being the current favorite over 1st round pick Kenny Pickett. Insider Albert Breer of the MMQB spoke to the 27-year-old about his experiences. He was asked about the differences between the coaching in Chicago and Buffalo.
“I felt like being in Buffalo, the quarterback had a lot more free rein to go where he wanted with the reads and go where he wanted with the ball, as opposed to Chicago.
Even if you got a completion [in Chicago], I felt like sometimes it wasn’t necessarily what the coach wanted. They put you in a box a little bit more than you wanted to be, and I think that restricts you as a player. It’s just different experiences. In the end, we still won games. It’s just different team to team.”
There is no getting around it.
That is a direct snipe at former Bears head coach Matt Nagy. People accused the man of being too rigid with his offensive approach, lacking any sense of flexibility to work around his player’s strengths. Trubisky wasn’t done. He harped the subject again.
“The difference between my experience in Chicago and what I saw in Buffalo is they allow Josh to go out there and play his game,” he continued. “In Chicago, they wanted me to play the coaches’ game. Call it whatever you will, that’s just how it felt to me. That was my experience, from what I saw in Chicago to what I saw in Buffalo.”
Mitch Trubisky likely feels a sense of vindication.
Everybody was quick to blame him for the offensive problems in 2019 and 2020. He constantly hinted the problems went deeper. There was a fatal flaw with the entire system. Nagy had a particular way he wanted the offense to be run. It was evident from how he crafted game plans and called plays. He wanted the quarterback to stand tall in the pocket, survey the field, and dice up defenses.
The problem was he didn’t have the offensive line to block for it. Defenses quickly adjusted to his preferences, and Nagy never made a concerted effort to adjust himself. That is why he had to give up play calling not once but twice. Mitch Trubisky must lament how different his career might be if the Bears had hired somebody different in 2018 like Frank Reich or Mike Vrabel. He might still be the starter in Chicago if that’d happened.
It is clear he still holds some animosity against his former coach.