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Trubisky focused on attention to detail


After a slow start this season, the Bears have been putting up monster numbers on offense.

The same unit that mustered just four touchdowns in the first three games of the season has exploded for 14 TDs in the last three contests, enabling the Bears to average 35.7 points per game during that stretch. Their 107 points are the most they've scored in a three-game span since 1989.

Despite the offense's emergence, the Bears lost two of those three games—and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is convinced that the unit can perform at an even higher level.

"We've got to get better at the details," Trubisky said Wednesday at Halas Hall. "We've got to be more detail-oriented, me specifically in my footwork and staying in the pocket, staying calm and just everyone doing their job.

"There's no detail too small in this offense, and that's really where you start to see that we could separate ourselves as an offense and score even more points." 

The 48 points the Bears racked up against the Buccaneers Sept. 30 were their most in a game in which they didn't score on defense or special teams since 1962. After a 31-28 overtime loss in Miami, they fell to the Patriots 38-31 last Sunday at Soldier Field.

Against New England, Trubisky passed for 333 yards and rushed for a game-high 81 yards in leading an offense that scored touchdowns on all four its red-zone possessions and converted 8-of-16 third-down opportunities.

Trubisky likened his performance to "playing backyard football, me running around just trying to find completions and not being very sound with my footwork and drop-backs."

"We were good in the red zone and on third down, but that's not the standard," Trubisky said. "We've got to be more detailed this week in our routes, in our blocking, with my eyes and my footwork, and we've got to continue to take steps. We did some good things, but it's not the standard of the detail that we need within this offense to really be exceptional and put numbers up."

Trubisky is self-critical, but he has excelled in recent weeks. In the last three games, he has passed for 1,003 yards with 11 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 115.9 passer rating while also rushing for 181 yards and one TD on 17 carries. He ranks second in rushing yards by an NFL quarterback with 245, trailing only the Panthers' Cam Newton (257).

As the Bears prepare to host the Jets Sunday at Soldier Field, coach Matt Nagy is hoping to see more of the same from Trubisky.

"I want Mitch to continue to do what he's been doing this week, which is leading this offense," Nagy said. "He's been a leader naturally, vocally. He's taken a bad play in practice and made the next play good. He's doing that in the game right now, too. On the sideline, he's continuing to have that next-play mentality."