Why Trubisky is still taking too many sacks
Until he becomes more familiar with check-downs and can go through his progressions more quickly, rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky is destined to take too many sacks.
The Packers dropped him five times Sunday after having a total of 5 sacks in their previous four games.
"We're still taking too many sacks," offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. "That's a combination of all 11 guys out there, and Mitchell is part of that process."
After four weeks with Mike Glennon at quarterback, the Bears were 11th in sack percentage allowed. They're 27th now.
"This is a new offense," Trubisky said. "I was in North Carolina's offense for four years, knew it like the back of my hand and could probably throw a check-down without even looking.
"We're putting in new plays every week now, so it's a little different. In my development, I'll have to memorize where everything's at. Some plays are better than others, just going through progressions and what I'm comfortable with. I'll get better at that and get the ball out of my hands."
Amid questions about the team's offensive play-calling and use of personnel, John Fox clarified his role.
"I'm the head coach, so I'm involved in all three phases of the game plan," he said. "Offense, defense and special teams have coordinators in charge of those three areas that are pretty much responsible for play-calling on game day. But I'm very much involved in the game-planning in all three phases. Always have been and always will be. That's what a head coach does.
"Ultimately the buck stops here. So whether it's play time or who's active, who's inactive, those are all decisions made by most head coaches in the league."
Forget about it:
According to Pro Football Focus, cornerback Kyle Fuller was targeted 10 times by the Packers and allowed 8 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown. He also had 2 pass breakups.
Packers quarterback Brett Hundley had a 152.1 passer rating when targeting Fuller, who also was credited with 5 missed tackles on the day, the most in any game of his career.
Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was asked if Fuller has a short memory, a valuable trait for cornerbacks after poor games.
"I hope so," Fangio said. "You need to at that position in this league."
Defense runs amok:
The Bears' defense allowed a season-worst 160 rushing yards to the Packers in Week 10, including Ty Montgomery's 37-yard touchdown run before he was injured.
"We had that one explosive play, which obviously wasn't good," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "Overall, the run defense in that game wasn't good enough."
The Bears have dropped to 15th in rushing yards allowed after ranking No. 8 after four games.
Guard Kyle Long (fingers), cornerback Sherrick McManis (hamstring) and defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (hamstring) were all full participants in Thursday's outdoor practice.
Linebacker Sam Acho (shoulder) and guard Tom Compton (ankle) were limited, but cornerback Bryce Callahan (knee), tight end Dion Sims (illness) and linebacker Danny Trevathan (calf) remained out.
For the Lions, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (back) and running back Dwayne Washington (hip) did not practice for a second consecutive day.
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