It was an order heard on ESPN’s broadcast. Trubisky motioned running back Jordan Howard into the backfield, gestured to his receivers and switched the play with his “kill” calls.
“We give him the keys to the car,” Nagy said.
In this case – and in other instances throughout the Bears’ 24-17 win, according to Nagy — Trubisky steered the offense in the right direction. He hit receiver Allen Robinson on a quick slant for a 13-yard gain on that third down. It kept Nagy’s scripted game-opening drive going. Seven plays later, tight end Trey Burton scored.
“[Trubisky is] able to make some choices with that through game study and film study,” Nagy said Wednesday. “That was growth to see him do that last week.”
It’s growth that doesn’t always reveal itself in highlights or in fantasy football leagues. But it’s important that Nagy sees it as Trubisky develops while he plays this season.
Patience might be tough sell for the Bears, but it’s the details of such plays that Nagy is closely watching as the outside world incessantly compares Trubisky to the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and Texans’ Deshaun Watson.