Fox not worried about Trubisky's progress with Chicago Bears
Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky did not play well in Sunday's 31-3 loss at Philadelphia, missing open receivers a couple of times, throwing 2 interceptions and fumbling twice, both recovered by the Chicago Bears.
Trubisky completed 17 of 33 passes for 147 yards and no touchdowns for a career-low 38.3 passer rating.
But he received no support from his offensive line, wide receivers, run game or a defense that played its worst game.
Even though the Eagles blitzed only twice, Trubisky was often hurried behind a leaky offensive line. He was pressured nine times, according to Pro Football Focus. On those nine plays, he completed 2 of 6 passes for 15 yards, was sacked twice and scrambled once.
"You're talking about somebody new," coach John Fox said of Trubisky's struggles. "I think that's pretty much normal. it's a learning experience, regardless of what position you play. There are new things you learn every single game, maybe every quarter.
"That was probably overall one of our poorest performances, (but) I would not, in any way, put that all on the quarterback."
Though Trubisky appears levelheaded and tough-minded, the fear is that a steady diet of beatdowns could impede his progress, or he could develop bad habits.
"I think he'll continue to improve," Fox said. "He made some good throws, so you see the signs of it. Now it's the consistency, and that's kind of where we are as a football team."
A loud verbal altercation Monday that went on for a few minutes was heard through the wall that the wide receivers meeting room shares with the media room at Halas Hall.
Running back Benny Cunningham said he wasn't a participant, but he acknowledged the aggravation that comes with a 3-8 record.
"I most definitely (believe) you can feel the frustration within the team, but I feel like that's natural as a competitor," the five-year veteran said. "When you're in a business that's basically wins and losses and you don't get the wins you want or you lose tight games, it's going to hurt.
"Eventually you're going to get frustrated if you care about it. You're going to get sad and you're going to be emotional because you put so much into this game."
The waiting game:
The Bears' flight out of Philadelphia on Sunday night was delayed four hours because of maintenance issues, and they eventually had to change planes.
"It's always tough after a long game," defensive lineman Mitch Unrein said. "But stuff happens. I didn't walk in my door until around midnight.
"But I would rather fly on a plane that's safe and sound rather than one that doesn't have a computer working. I don't want to roll the dice. My wife wouldn't like that if I didn't get home."
Coming and going:
Wide receiver Mario Alford was released from the practice squad; defensive back Alex Carter was added.
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