Two-point trickery a highlight for Bears on Monday night

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A late interception helped make Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky a loser in his NFL debut, but the Bears hope it was the start of something big for the rookie and a different play will be the one people remember if they are making Trubisky highlight films years from now.

The play from Monday night that will make it into such films came after the Bears drew within 17-15 on a Trubisky touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. They lined up in the shotgun for a two-point try and started the play with an inside handoff to Jordan Howard, who then handed the ball to tight end Zach Miller on an apparent reverse.

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr stepped up to stop Miller, but found himself watching as Miller, a college quarterback, pitched the ball back to Trubisky for an easy stroll into the end zone. It was a creative play that the Bears have practiced since training camp, which gave them plenty of time to execute it perfectly.

“That’s fun; takes me back to my college days,” Miller said, via the team’s website. “Great call and design, really just great execution for all of us across the board. Good opportunity for us to get back in the game and tie it up, but we have to finish things.”

The Bears also had a fake punt go for a touchdown on Monday night, so they were putting everything on the table to support the rookie in his first time out. They’ll hope that Trubisky can beat teams straight up in the future, but it’s not bad to have some alternatives in the back pocket until that’s the case.

15 responses to “Two-point trickery a highlight for Bears on Monday night

  1. I know the fans are hungry for success but I thought it was too early to go True Bisky (not a typo). Heading into last night 2 of Bears’ 3 losses were to top teams (Falcons & Packers) and those Bucs nearly beat the Pats but for a slew of missed FGs. If Bisky is the future at least train him up for a season. Last night Bisky managed a 60.1 rating (12/25, 128yds 1td & 1int) plus 3 rushes whereas this year Glennon has a 76.9 rate (4tds, 5ints, 208yds/gm) against mostly tough opponents. Glennon was just good enough to beat the Steelers and would have been good enough to win last night.

  2. “I know the fans are hungry for success but I thought it was too early to go True Bisky (not a typo). Heading into last night 2 of Bears’ 3 losses were to top teams (Falcons & Packers) and those Bucs nearly beat the Pats but for a slew of missed FGs. If Bisky is the future at least train him up for a season. Last night Bisky managed a 60.1 rating (12/25, 128yds 1td & 1int) plus 3 rushes whereas this year Glennon has a 76.9 rate (4tds, 5ints, 208yds/gm) against mostly tough opponents. Glennon was just good enough to beat the Steelers and would have been good enough to win last night.”

    Listen, when you spend the #2 overall pick on a guy you expect him to start immediately or at least within the first half of the year. It’s difficult for the Bears front office to see Glennon struggle while simultaneously seeing Deshaun Watson have great success in Houston. Why is he doing so well but we have the #2 overall pick who hasn’t played yet?

    And don’t give me the “Aaron Rodgers” excuse. Rodgers played behind one of the all time greats but I gaurantee you if he started in year 1 he would have been just as good, if not better, than he is after starting in year 4-5.

  3. Mitch had a few bad moments last night but that 2nd half Bears defense was the textbook definition of a cluster. I get it they were down special teamers playing in the back 7 but when Case Keenan and Jerick McKinnon do whatever they want against your defense, you have issues. I’m not going to say the Bears win that game if Trevathan isn’t suspended, but Trubisky would have had a lot less pressure on him if the Bears D had been at full strength.

  4. Trubisky is going to win a lot of games in this league. Glennon will not. That is the long and short of it. I’d be excited if I was a Bears fan.

    The two point conversion was a great play with perfect execution.

  5. The late interception didn’t hurt the bears nearly as much as that phantom hold called against their d lineman to extend mn’s drive.

  6. camcameronsucks says:
    October 10, 2017 at 8:27 am

    And don’t give me the “Aaron Rodgers” excuse. Rodgers played behind one of the all time greats but I gaurantee you if he started in year 1 he would have been just as good, if not better, than he is after starting in year 4-5.

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    Well not according to Rodgers and coaches who said that Rodgers had a a serious flaw in his mechanics when he came to the Packers and it was between years 2 and 3 that he was able to work it out and become the great quarterback he is now.

    Peyton stunk it up his first years- putting up gaudy numbers in the dome and against bad teams initially.

    And Brady (GOAT!) definitely learned as he went his first 3 years, and probably grew more than any quarterback I can think of. Still does, which is unique to him.

    Rodgers and Brady definitely had chips on their shoulders because of the draft. Obviously different with Peyton, but 1 thing they all had in common was smarts and a crazy work ethic that extended not only to their watching tape, but also to their physical mechanics training. Throw in really good coaching and somewhat (or totally) weak divisions to gain experience against also.

    A lot of otherwise could have been great quarterbacks have had careers ruined by bad coaches, bad coaches trying to save their own butt, and not willing, or not being mature enough to train hard.

    Putting quarterbacks out there in their first year, especially when they are typically are on bad or rebuilding teams fails more than it succeeds.

  7. That was an awesome play. They made it look easier than it is. It took all 11 guys to execute perfectly. That fake punt was pretty cool too. Special teams coach was great.

  8. pkrlvr says:
    October 10, 2017 at 9:00 am
    The late interception didn’t hurt the bears nearly as much as that phantom hold called against their d lineman to extend mn’s drive.

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    Packer fans complain and minimize when Vikings fans complain about penalties, then come out full force doing the same thing. Irony.

  9. Trubisky will be fine. And for the record, had the Bears had ANY skill players at the WR position, we would be having a much different dialogue today.

  10. That two point conversion play was pretty sweet, but I don’t get the Trubisky hype. The guy had a very tough time when the primary read was covered, stared down his receivers, was rolled out so he would only have to read half the field, and the TD pass shoulda been picked too. You can say he has no WRs, but he has a very good O-line and RBs. He’s a good athlete, throws a pretty ball, and may have promise, but he looked like a pretty damn raw rookie. I agree with the letting him play line of thought, since the Bears’ O-line will for the most part protect him. I’d just hold off on preparing the bust for Canton.

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