About eight minutes into answering questions Wednesday at Halas Hall, Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky was reminded he was standing at the podium for his last midweek media session. “You guys won’t find me (in the offseason),” Trubisky said with a smirk. By this time next week, the Bears rookie will be headed toward some time off with his first 12 NFL games under his belt. Around him, there is likely to be big change at Halas Hall, especially among the coaching staff and the receiving corps he had at his disposal in his first season. How those changes will benefit him will be answered in the months to come, but no matter what he expects bigger things next season. “I’m always motivated to get better,” Trubisky said. “I expect to make a big jump from Year 1 to Year 2. The experience I got this year, I’m definitely going to carry that with me into the offseason and expect to have a lot of momentum and just a full head of steam going into next year.” When asked to evaluate his rookie season Wednesday, Trubisky said it goes back to “growth and development.” On Sunday, in the Bears’ season finale against the Vikings in Minnesota, Trubisky will face the same team he met in his NFL debut Oct. 9. He went 12-for-25 for 128 yards, one touchdown, one interception and one lost fumble in the 20-17 loss. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the film of Trubisky two-plus months later shows “he has grown a lot.” “He’s not as unsure about where to throw the ball,” Zimmer said. “I think he feels more comfortable in that aspect. He’s throwing it into much more tighter windows than he used to. He has been taking good care of the football. He has done a nice job of using his legs. But to me, it looks like he’s night and day from where he was when we played him last time.” Trubisky will have plenty to do on his own to extend that growth, but the Bears can give him a boost with their offseason transactions. Beyond potential coaching changes — of which Trubisky said his strategy for dealing with speculation is simply to “block it out” — the Bears are expected to bolster a receiving corps that hasn’t done Trubisky many favors.
Change likely coming all around Mitch Trubisky, but he sees ‘big jump’ in 2018
Chicago Tribune | Dec 28