Dowell Loggains: Mitchell Trubisky is not a “magic wand,” but he’s ready to start

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Mitchell Trubisky says he’s ready. The Bears think he’s ready, too, or they wouldn’t have benched Mike Glennon.

In fact, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said Thursday that Trubisky is “as close to ready as any rookie I’ve ever been around.”

At the same time, the Bears know it isn’t going to be all first downs, touchdowns and victories.

“Mitch Trubisky is a very good, young player, but he is not a magic wand,” Loggains said, via quotes tweeted by the team. “We need to play better around him. . . . To get good quarterback play, the other 10 guys on the field need to do their jobs.”

Trubisky makes his first start Monday against the Vikings after Glennon went 1-3 with four touchdowns and five interceptions. Trubisky completed 67.9 percent of his throws in the preseason, with had three touchdown passes and no interceptions.

“It’s bittersweet in some ways, because I feel for Mike Glennon and not being able to help him more and let him have more success, because he’s a pro,” Loggains said. “He did everything the right way. The way he’s taken this is incredible, and it speaks so much to his character, the way he’s helped Mitch.

“Obviously, I’m a huge Mitch Trubisky fan. I believe in him. I think he’s going to be a special player. I just want to do my part in the whole thing and help him and get the other guys to play well around him, because I do think he’s very capable of playing at a high level.”

20 responses to “Dowell Loggains: Mitchell Trubisky is not a “magic wand,” but he’s ready to start

  1. Not honestly sure what to make of this OC but I do know once OutFoxed is gone everyone on that team will be better.

  2. Paul Byvtary, I’m a Bears fan and just to play devil’s advocate, who would you have come in and coach this team to make them better? What options are out there?
    I don’t ask these questions because I disagree, I simply want to have a dialog from one fan to another (assuming you are a Bears fan)…

  3. They had the logical replacement for Fox already on the team in Adam Gase and they let him walk away.
    Gase would have been a much better mentor and play caller for Trubisky then the Fox and Loggains combo and it is not even close.
    Missed opportunity.

  4. As a Bears fan I must say…. Loggains, would you please get some imagination in your plays, drop back pass, hand off, delayed hand off…WOW !!! Reverse, double reverse, half back option, something new to confuse the D !!!! Because as it stands now you really suck .

  5. philtration – I agree Gase would have been the ideal replacement. It’s all about timing I suppose. Maybe if this year plays out accordingly we cut Fox loose and either Fangio finally gets his shot or you bring some fresh blood in here. Harbaugh has mentioned only wanting to to coach the Bears to get back into the NFL. Who knows, right? Unless we have an amazing turn-around, I don’t see Fox being on the books in 18-19.

  6. Starting Trubisky is the right thing to do. Consider this season a write-off. Like every rookie QB, he doesn’t even know what he doesn’t know. The only way to learn that stuff is on the field.

    We went through this with Jared Goff. He’s had a massive improvement since last year. But, during the off season the Rams got him some targets and better protection. The Bears are going to need to do some similar offensive changes.

    Most of the time I think the issues with the Bears are the GM and ownership. Chicago fans deserve better.

  7. If Trubisky had been starting since week one, the Bears would likely be 3-1 right now. The closest rookie quarterback to Dan Marino that I have seen. Trubisky is the read deal.

  8. It’s too bad for the kid that he has to face the Vikings D in his first start. With that defensive line and ball hawking secondary, I think he’ll be in for a long night on Monday…

  9. This kid is lucky he’s facing a defense not yet ranked in the top ten, unlike the defense the Bears faced with the Packers at #6. He should have an easier time of it than his predecessor did against the Pack.

    Ever since last season when all the Viking players quit on Zimmer to do their own thing, they just haven’t been the same. I think they all quit on Zimmer this year too and they’re still doing their own thing.

  10. starting a rookie goes to the Vikings favor. The reason the Vikings lost so much in Chicago was Cutler had career games against the Vikes. That is a lot to ask of a rookie making his first start. nonstellar nobody is believing your false narrative of players quitting on Zim. Give it up.

  11. The big issue with Fox and Co. is the apparent lack of preparation on Sundays, in particular Loggains. Look back to last year the first 4 games was completely unacceptable…and were seeing a pattern again here this year. He needs to protect Mitch by mixing up his play calls and shortening the field. If he’s putting him in 2nd and 3rd and long situations, that’s not a good sign for a young QB. The Bears run game is real when the threat of the deep ball is present. I’d let the rook come out throwing and use it to set up the run.

  12. This could be the start of an era. People may look back and go; Remember when Trubisky started against the vikings and lit them up for 4 touchdowns and started this whole thing?

  13. The over/under on how many games it will take Trubisky to surpass Bridgewater’s rookie total of 14 TD passes is set at 10 games.

    I’ll take the under.

  14. stellarperformance says:
    October 5, 2017 at 10:21 pm
    This kid is lucky he’s facing a defense not yet ranked in the top ten, unlike the defense the Bears faced with the Packers at #6. He should have an easier time of it than his predecessor did against the Pack.

    Ever since last season when all the Viking players quit on Zimmer to do their own thing, they just haven’t been the same. I think they all quit on Zimmer this year too and they’re still doing their own thing.

    **

    Vikings have allowed only 18.5 more yards/game of total yards than the Packers. Calm down with the rankings. I thought Packer fans weren’t prone to jumping to conclusions early in the season?

  15. obsessedvikingfan says:
    October 6, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    Points allowed Vikings are ninth and Packers are 15th. That is the stat that counts for defense. Not yards. But that doesn’t fit Stella’s narrative.
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    ……or the NFL’s, apparently.

  16. Trubisky or Glennon with Fox at the controls makes little or no difference. He plays to not lose rather than win games and this will continue until he is gone. His players are helping lubricate his move out.

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