Mitchell Trubisky: I have to slide better, but I’ll stay aggressive as a runner

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Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is on track to miss a second straight game with the right shoulder injury he suffered on a hit by Vikings safety Harrison Smith as Trubisky was on his way down at the end of a run in Week 11.

Trubisky has not thrown at practice since being injured, but he has spent some time thinking about how to avoid further injuries. Trubisky said he will “continue to work on my slides and make sure they’re cleaner,” but that he is not going to let the injury keep him from making plays with his feet when the situation calls for it.

“I would say I’ve done a real good job of getting yardage for this team, creating positive plays and causing trouble for the defenses while also protecting myself,” Trubisky said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “Nothing’s going to change when I get back. I’m going to continue to stay aggressive and play ball the way I know how.”

Trubisky’s ability to make plays as a runner has been a big plus to his game over his first two NFL seasons and losing that dimension would be a negative for the Bears offense, so they’ll do what they can to make things safer for the quarterback and then hold their breath when he takes off on a run.

8 responses to “Mitchell Trubisky: I have to slide better, but I’ll stay aggressive as a runner

  1. Trubisky got thrown in as a very young QB, and he’ll get smarter in lots of ways. As he learns more about defenses, he won’t need to use his legs as much. When you’re athletic it’s too easy to run. Once you’ve mastered the position, it’s too easy to throw. He’ll get there.

  2. It really wasn’t even a slide by definition. NFL has become seriously pathetic when on a designed QB run play by a QB who has been running with impunity all night who doesn’t even slide gets a 15 yd penalty and the tackler gets a fine. Unreal.

  3. Getting to the ground in any panicky manner possible is not a slide. Lesson learned. This kid is a keeper. The Bears are solid, and much more so with him in the lineup. The Vikings are on their heels for the division, but have a very difficult path to get there. Don’t count the Packers out for a playoff slot either. They are way overdue for some good luck, the kind every team relies on to make great things happen.

  4. Dumb rule. If the qb takes off as a runner, rule should treat him as a runner, not a qb/rb hi-bred. What is a dback supposed to do when he “slides” head first to get a first down? Just let him? What if that play was 4th and 1 and he dove at the line of gain but Smith had hit him just short? Flag? If the qb wants to slide to avoid contact, make him do it feet first.

  5. peoriaviking says:
    November 30, 2018 at 10:35 am
    Dumb rule. If the qb takes off as a runner, rule should treat him as a runner, not a qb/rb hi-bred.

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    I agree with what you’re saying. But I also don’t want QBs taking more hits and thus more injuries. The quality QB pool is already shallow enough, we don’t need more backups starting.

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