CHICAGO — The Seattle Seahawks allowed Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky to throw for two touchdowns and get settled down somewhat after a few shaky moments in the Bears' 24-17 victory Monday night.
But Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark didn't think too much of Trubisky's performance, which included two interceptions by Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin and a few poorly timed sacks, including one by Clark.
"He was OK. Nothing special. I feel like he was OK. [He's an] average quarterback," Clark said.
Oh wait, there's more.
"I felt that we should make more plays against him," Clark said. "Pressure is his downfall; the more you can get pressure up the middle and in his face, and he throws those errant passes like that, that's how you can beat him. We failed to do that enough against him.
"Happy feet — once he feels any pressure, his head is down and he's gone [out of the pocket]."
Early on Trubisky did escape the pocket too soon at times, it appeared, but Bears head coach called his QB's clock "pretty good." Trubisky also made plays with his legs: five rushes for 24 yards, including a 17-yarder.
Clark had three tackles, that sack (on which he was perilously close to jumping offsides) and another tackle for loss. Both of the Seahawks' sacks came in the third quarter, but Trubisky connected on 12-of-14 passes in the second half after misfiring high on some wide-open throws early.
But Clark gave the W to the Bears' defense — not to their QB.
"I feel like, at the end of the day, if you're a great quarterback you get the job done," he said. "I feel like he had a little help. I am not giving anyone excuses, but I've definitely seen better.
"He made some good passes, some good check downs. Everything was quick game for the most part. I didn't see him beating us, honestly. I felt like their defense beat us. We lost the game, yeah, but I felt that we defeated them — our defense beat their offense."
Both Clark and Austin Calitro, who started at middle linebacker in place of an injured Bobby Wagner, confirmed that the Seahawks' defensive game plan centered around stopping Bears running back Jordan Howard.
"What did he have, 37 [rushing] yards? [Actually 35.] So we did our job on that. That was our main focus was not letting [Howard] get going," Calitro said.
Added Clark: "Stopping the run was our focus, and Howard had only 35 yards. That's what we tried to do coming in, and we played the pass well, too. We had two picks and almost had another one."
Clark seemed more optimistic the more he talked about Trubisky's outlook, and he even offered up the second-year QB some career advice.
"I don't think he's missing anything," Clark said. "He's a young quarterback, and he's got to see more good quarterbacks ... and he has to do a little more studying of good quarterbacks. But he could be a great quarterback one day. He has the feet, the footwork, the escape-ability in the pocket and stuff like that."
We'll see if Trubisky takes that advice. But for now, he's celebrating the Bears' first win of the season — and Nagy's first as an NFL head coach.