Simms: Bears Offense Limited, Lacks Toughness

Phil Simms shared his candid thoughts on the Bears offense and offered a spirited defense of Mitchell Trubisky

Tiki and Tierney
October 17, 2019 - 6:58 pm
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Mitchell Trubisky has had a rough season. He’s thrown for just 588 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in 3+ games, and he’s missed a couple of games with a shoulder injury. 

While some Bears fans have thrown in the towel on Trubisky, Phil Simms has not.

“Trubisky – big, strong, fast, has a strong arm,” the NFL on CBS analyst said on Tiki & Tierney. “Is he the most accurate guy in the NFL? No. But here’s what bothers me about that whole situation: they laid out that narrative. ‘Well, we’re scaling back our offense for Mitchell Trubisky.’ Oh, so just tell the world that he’s not smart. That’s what you’re trying to say. That really bothers me. Who sets a narrative that’s negative with their high-drafted franchise quarterback? They do it right out of the bat, and it’s bothered me ever since.”

Trubisky, it is worth noting, helped the Bears to the playoffs last season.

“How many quarterbacks in the NFL went 12-4?” Simms asked. “Also, who was the best player in that playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles? It was Mitchell Trubisky. He takes them down (the field). He gets the touchdown to put them ahead.  (He) makes miraculous, unbelievable throws and plays to get them down to the field goal, and they miss. So the narrative continues: ‘He stinks. He can’t win a big game.’”

The Bears offense, by the way, hasn’t exactly been explosive without Trubisky. It scored 16 points in a win over Minnesota on Sept. 29, and it was held scoreless in the first half against the Raiders in London on Oct. 6.

Overall, the Bears rank 30th in the league in total offense and 27th in scoring offense (17.4 points per game).

“When I watch their offense, I find it very limiting,” Simms said. “They had Jordan Howard. They could line up and smash you and punch you in the face. I don’t see that anymore. Once you lose that toughness to run the football, it affects your whole football team. The Oakland Raiders punched them in the mouth the whole game.”

The Bears (3-2) host the Saints (5-1) this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.