While most of you headed home to thaw out and cry in your beer over the Bears' uber disappointing 21-13 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field, I’ve had an interesting 24 hours or so.
Immediately following our post game show on 670 The Score, I was off to O’Hare for a 7:45 flight to New Orleans, where I'm working on the national radio call of the Indianapolis Colts-New Orleans Saints game on "Monday Night Football."
Waiting at the gate, sitting on my phone and having a slight debate with a colleague over how Mitch Trubisky played against the Packers – apparently, I thought he was better than many did – who should sit down next to me but Mr. and Mrs. Chase Daniel.
Mrs. Daniel agreed with me.
Part of the festivities planned here in New Orleans Monday Night is a 10-year reunion of the Saints team that beat the Colts 10 years ago in Super Bowl XLIV.
Daniel split that season between the 53-man roster and the Saints practice squad and earned himself a ring.
Then I arrive at my hotel around midnight only to discover what’s this, Trubisky is throwing shade at Matt Nagy and even he’s bitching about the play calling now?
Having found the quotes, that’s not exactly how I would read it.
In case you haven’t noticed, Mitch has developed a tendency lately to find a way to say not so much the wrong thing, but things that can be broken down all kinds of ways if you don’t know him at all.
Mitch is not only a work in progress when it comes to playing quarterback, he has that issue with microphones too.
My read is he certainly was frustrated in the immediate aftermath of the game, and he probably would have liked to get out of the pocket and move around a bit more. But if he’d thought it through and realized they were going to land right in the lap of his head coach, he never would have said it.
I believe Nagy was awfully close to the truth when he said Monday, “I think ... first of all, as you all know, you guys are always catching us right after the game, and so there's a lot of emotions that go through.
“Here we are losing a game like that and knowing we could've played better. So I don't know exactly what the question was that was asked, but I'm saying if you sensed a frustration, I think I know Mitch better than anybody in this building except maybe Dave Ragone.
“I think probably, if I'm going back and watching that, it's probably very general and big picture but it's also right after the game so I take nothing by that and we have a great relationship.”
With it still nagging at me Monday morning, it occurred to me, hey, my broadcast partner tonight is Kurt Warner. He knows a little bit about QBs, I wonder what he’d make of all this.
Walking to the game, I asked Warner what he made of the whole moving pocket controversy?
“You know I get it, and Mitch probably is good at it because he’s so good with his legs” Warner said.
“The problem most people don’t realize, though, is when you do get your quarterback out of the pocket, you really limit what you can do within your offense, the plays you can call, and on the move it makes it a lot harder for him to read the whole field.”
And Warner’s overall observation about Mitch? “You know, I can see the tools that get people excited and he does make some great throws, but I’m just not sure what he’s seeing a lot of the time.”
“It looks to me like he’s still missing more opportunities to make plays than you’d like.”
Forget my opinion, I’m going with the Hall of Famer.
And so the Trubisky saga crawls on. Was there good reason to keep him in the pocket Sunday?
Clearly, he has played better the past five or six weeks, and clearly he has a longer way to go than we would like before we know what the finished product will look like.
But I don’t believe there’s a Trubisky-Nagy problem. That's just the kid still trying to grow up.