Bears Look To Boost Mitchell Trubisky's Confidence

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky deletes the Twitter app from his phone during the regular season. He makes a point to tune out television and maintains that he doesn't read the newspapers. He does his best to block the outside noise that comes with being a starting NFL quarterback.

But the 25-year-old Trubisky knows what's out there. He understands the criticism that comes with the territory, his Bears disappointing at 3-3 and his own personal performance putting him in the bottom tier of NFL quarterbacks.

"His confidence isn’t at an all-time high," Bears coach Matt Nagy said of Trubisky. "We’re struggling right now."

For the Bears and Trubisky to bounce back, confidence is a key. Inside of Halas Hall, the team knows his demeanor has taken a hit.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn scouted the North Carolina product Trubisky ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft and was impressed. He saw a quarterback with a quick release, comfort on the move and a confidence in his ability to create.

"He reminded me sometimes of Aaron Rodgers," Lynn said by teleconference Wednesday.

Since arriving to the Bears as the second overall selection of that 2017 draft, Trubisky has instead failed to blend those tools into success. His release and decisions are hindered by indecisiveness. Not only is he failing to make plays, his ailing confidence is leading to missing the easy ones.

Trubisky's struggles start with the ball in his hand and a play to make. In a discouraging loss to the Saints on Sunday, Trubisky had receiver Taylor Gabriel wide open deep to the left on a third-and-5 play designed well by Nagy early in the game. His happy feet in the pocket forced an overthrow. On a third-and-2 play midway through the second quarter, he had receiver Anthony Miller open deep to the right side. More happy feet resulted in a missed opportunity.

Earlier in the second quarter, Trubisky had a run-pass option on first-and-10 in which he pulled back the football. He hesitated with two open receivers -- on a play that requires a quick decision -- and was sacked for an eight-yard loss. 

On the practice fields behind Halas Hall, the Bears run these plays over and over again with relative ease. Then they get to a stadium and Trubisky's lack of confidence and indecisiveness comes into play.

Trubisky appeared to have a different edge during his weekly media session Wednesday, speaking with the sense of urgency ever present with his team.

"My teammates respect the way I come to work every day," Trubisky said. "How I am the same person, how I push them, how much I care about this team and this offense and they know how much work I put into this. I am just going to be the same person, make sure I am pushing guys and make sure that we continue to believe in the process and that we can be the offense we know we can be."

Now in his third season, Trubisky will continue to be compared to draft classmates in the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes, the reigning MVP, and the Texans' Deshaun Watson. It only compounds matters to his inconsistencies, which is why the Bears are careful to reference their own standards for Trubisky instead of those that others are setting in Kansas City and Houston.

Trubisky has the unwavering support of Nagy, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone and plenty of teammates in the Bears' locker room. Finding his form hasn't proved to be an easy task. And for Trubisky, whose confidence seems more diminished by the day, the need for a breakout performance is growing.

What Trubisky needs to truly silence the outside noise is a win.

"Success has a thousand fathers," Helfrich said, paraphrasing a quote from John F. Kennedy. "But failure is an orphan."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.