LAKE FOREST, Ill .: From the slump of three weeks ago to today, the Chicago Bears offense led by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has made a major turnaround.
After hitting at least 30 points in three straight games for the first time since 2013, the offense rekindled playoff hopes for the Bears (7-7) ahead of Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-13 ).
The guys are thrilled to be on the pitch, Trubisky said. We were thrilled to have the football, and there’s just a strong, quiet confidence about us that the 11 guys in the clique are going to get the job done.
The Bears felt so confident on offense Sunday that they chose to take the ball to start their 33-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings rather than relying on their reliable defense and the kickoff first.
It’s something they probably wouldn’t have considered mid-season.
I think we get better every week as an offense, which is important, ”Trubisky said. “We were gaining confidence as a unit, and now. Performed at a high pace, which obviously contributes to consistency across the board. And we have been effective.
Behind Trubisky and running back David Montgomery, the Bears went from last place in the league to 24th place, and from 31st in total offense to 27th. As a result, they stayed in an Arizona Cardinals game in pursuit of the last wildcard spot.
No more penalties and early season turnovers. They have been replaced by points. It didn’t hurt that they did so against several struggling defenses, however.
Everyone is on the same line of thinking, said coach Matt Nagy. All thought the same. All spoke the same language. If a bad game occurs, there is no negativity. Its positive vibes. And that’s what helped. And then it’s also the mentality of these players. They are in a very good place mentally.
There is a huge union with them right now. And you know, it’s been a struggle for much of this year. We were looking.
They found what they needed with a revamped offensive line and Montgomerys on the move. He has traveled over 100 yards in three of the last four games and the team has managed four straight games, a number the Bears have failed to reach for seven straight games earlier.
Now they’re moving the pocket for Trubisky with contraband passes to spread the pitch for scythes out of the running game.
I was doing well with the playing actions and movements at the moment, and the run of the outer zone, said Trubisky. And then I would say just overall, our tempo inside and outside the clique helped us.
So we found a bit of an identity, we caught up with it.
The newfound confidence included Trubisky requesting and receiving certain plays in the attack. He’s so confident now, he even thinks more about the future.
The team declined their fifth-year contract option for 2021 during the last offseason and this could be their last offer to stay with the team.
I would say I just wanted to control my own destiny, Trubisky said. I control what I can control at this point. And I’m just trying to take control of my career and put it in the direction I want it to go.
Sometimes you have to be a little more assertive and talk about what you want to happen, what you believe in, and just go out there and keep putting the team first, like me.
The defense attacked when the Bears lost six in a row. Following that streak, they still need help in the playoff pursuit, with at least one more loss for the Cardinals. Then they have to beat Jacksonville and Green Bay.
I think for us no matter what happened this season I think in the locker room the guys kept their cool, the guys tried to improve, the guys tried to do everything. necessary to be able to get into that position and keep going to win and get better, said receiver Allen Robinson.
Safety Deon Bush (foot), tight end Demetrius Harris (ankle), cornerback Jaylon Johnson (shoulder), defensive end Akiem Hicks (ankle), running back Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) and defensive back Buster Skrine (concussion) were withheld walk-in practice Wednesdays.
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