The Bears raised the excitement level many bars on Monday. The game was typically ugly with turnovers, penalties and other mental mistakes — that's the team they've been recently more often than not. But it was fun, too: a fake-punt touchdown pass from Pat O'Donnell (first NFL throw) to Benny Cunningham (first Bears touchdown); that tipped-ball touchdown to Miller, a play Trubisky extended with his legs; and a Jordan Howard-to-Miller-to-Trubisky two-point razzle dazzler.
We'll take that over Mike Glennon checkdowns, picks and wooden sacks. It's clear the page has been turned and that things only should be better with Trubisky going forward.
"I think our guys feel it. They feel his presence," Fox said.
"You can tell he's definitely got some skills," Smith said. "He's going to be a player."
And with a little luck, both good and bad, and with a few decisions, also good and bad, Trubisky likely will take a lot away from this game. No, he didn't make the play when he counted. But yes, he showed quite a bit Monday. It's funny how a 12-for-25, 128-yard passing line from Trubisky can feel a lot more promising than similar stats from Glennon.
Most importantly, Trubisky seemed to win over the locker room. It's what he said his biggest goal was as this Bears team starts to find its way out of the fog.
"Hopefully, the way I work lifts others up. That’s what I am trying to do," Trubisky said. "It just makes playing with these guys so much better. It makes the process that much more fun."