Mitchell Trubisky's gray RPO area could be better defined

The RPO in the Bears' offense could use a few more hard-and-fast rules for Mitchell Trubisky

A lot of people didn't like what they saw of the Bears offense on Thursday night, except for most of those in Wisconsin.

Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky says the reasons for his team's struggles aren't quite as apparent as the three points they scored in their loss to the Green Bay Packers.

"It's kind of hard to see on tape," Trubisky said. "I think it's like the in-between stuff, the overall focus, studying and being in our books, maybe too much at times; and everybody not being on the same page.

"So I think we just need to tighten down. Everybody focus in a little more, a little more sense of urgency in and out of the huddles. Better communications on the sideline and in the huddle, so we have more time to operate at the line of scrimmage and then just playing fast, less thinking, more communicating and playing fast."

His passing seemed the reason to many. He completed 26 of 45 for 228 yards and threw an end zone interception as the Bears reached the red zone only two times.

Stewing in their defeat for the full weekend while other teams played probably didn't help matters for the Bears.

"It was a long, weird weekend after playing on Thursday and then just sitting on that for a couple days," Trubisky said. "Got to think about it a lot and see what went wrong."

Trubisky believes it's something they can repair.

"But we're positive around here," he said. "It's a positive culture. We're onto the next play and onto the next game. It's all about all the mistakes you made, they're all fixable.

"So we're going to come in here, come in with solutions, come in with a positive work attitude and go to work."

Coach Matt Nagy made it apparent Friday after the game that some of the problem with the team's running game had to do with Trubisky making the wrong decision on RPO plays. He kept the ball to throw instead of handing off on a couple third-and-ones.

When asked about the RPOs at Wednesday's press conference, Trubisky looked around at a team PR official and said, "I was told not to talk about the last game."

It produced a few chuckles. Then he did, anyway.

"There's a lot of decisions on each play," Trubisky said. "There's three or four different plays built into one. Sometimes it's the right decision, sometimes it's wrong. Sometimes I make the wrong decision, but I make it right with the way I execute it.

"But we're moving onto this week. We've got to be almost automatic on third-and-1. We’ve gotta just make sure we get those."

Considering it's a major component of the Bears offense, the RPO has to be mastered by Trubisky. Nagy's solution definitely isn't a quick fix.

"It's not easy and I think that's where, it's something where we keep repping it, we keep staying persistent with it," Nagy said. "You keep getting reps, like I said and then you hope that when you're in that scenario you get to the point where that's the case. It's a cat-and-mouse game there on RPOs.

"We handed the ball earlier on third-and-1 and we didn't get it. There was no RPO on that. It's just one of those things in this profession that you have to deal with when you don't succeed. You have to be ready to answer those questions. When you get it, there wouldn't be one question about that play if we would have got it. And that comes with it, so I get it."

The difficult part for Trubisky on RPO is when it could go either way and he decides which to do in a split second. Nagy calls these gray areas, and said there is even a way to program in a way to lessen the uncertainty for Trubisky according to down and distance.

"I think what I also need to be able to understand is as we go here we would love to get to a point where we are really thinking exactly the same way, as far as situationally, something like that on a third-and-1," Nagy said. "Even if it is gray maybe you do this, maybe you do that.

"I'm not saying 100 percent to run it every time but maybe you just in a third-and-10 or a third-and-7 let's be thinking exactly the same. And I think over time as we keep forming this offense and our mindsets together, we will get to that. That's an example of us and that's OK, there is zero blame on him, that's just a part of our offense."


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Shouldn't Trubisky know how to run the RPO by now. It doesn't seem that complex