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After career game, Trubisky focused on next start


Mitchell Trubisky's historic performance against the Buccaneers two Sundays ago certainly was one to savor, but the Bears quarterback has already turned the page to the next chapter.

After passing for 354 yards and six touchdowns in a 48-10 drubbing of Tampa Bay, Trubisky isn't spending the week preparing his Hall of Fame speech. Instead, he's preparing to face a Dolphins defense that leads the NFL with 10 interceptions Sunday in Miami.

"It definitely gave me confidence," Trubisky said. "But looking back on it, it was just like any other win for the Bears. It's important. We got better that week. I felt like I got better that week in my growth and development, and this is a new week to continue to take another step and grow and get better.

"Two weeks ago was a lot of fun; we enjoyed it. But we're focused on getting prepared for the Dolphins and working hard this week in practice to be as prepared as possible to go out there and get another 'W' this weekend."

Matt Nagy was thrilled with Trubisky's performance against the Buccaneers, of course, but the Bears coach was just as impressed with how the quarterback handled his success. Nagy always urges players not to get too high in good times or too low in bad times and Trubisky has exemplified that directive.

"The biggest takeaway for me isn't something you're going to see on the field so much; it's more just the way he handled himself in between plays and series," Nagy said. "With the success we were having, he treated it exactly the same as when he threw two picks in a row or we had a poor series or took a sack.

"That's the biggest growth for him right now is just him wanting more and wanting to be the best. Really, it's that next-play mentality regardless of the outcome, good or bad."

Trubisky feels that his personality is wired to maintain that type of approach.

"It's something I've done for a really long time; really remain the same person and same emotional level throughout games," he said. "Being that even-keeled guy, just trying to convey to my teammates I'm always in control. I know exactly what I need to do and I have confidence in my abilities. Hopefully they see that and they play with confidence and that gives them energy and passion as well to go out there and do their jobs.

"I'm just trying to do that at all times, and show my passion and love for this game. Never get too high, never get too low, just stay focused and keep doing what you've got to do."

In four games this season, Trubisky has completed 70 percent of his passes for 945 yards with eight touchdowns, three interceptions and a 101.6 passer rating that ranks eighth in the NFL, slightly ahead of the Seahawks' Russell Wilson (100.9) and the Packers' Aaron Rodgers (100.1).

While Trubisky's breakout performance against Tampa Bay gave him confidence, he isn't worried about complacency setting in as he prepares to face the Dolphins.

"There's definitely a lot of things in my game I still need to work on," Trubisky said. "Every game you strive to put up numbers and produce for your team like that, just continue to go out there and do my job.

"The most important thing for me is winning and continuing to get better. If I can put my team in a good position every single week to be in a good spot to win and continue to get better in the process and just continue to focus on that, then we'll be in good shape. But there's never a complacency with me. I'm always looking at the things I made mistakes on, what I can better at, and it's still a long ongoing process that I'll continue to strive to get better and better."