A shaky performance in a season-opening loss at Green Bay on Sunday night wasn't the way Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky wanted to start his second season.He vowed not to let it define him Womens Prince Amukamara Jersey , though he understands the rush to judge."That's how it is on the outside, but for me I can't let any game, any play define who I am as a player or as a person," he said."I'm continuing to grow and get better. Each opportunity is just another day to get better and continue to grow, but that's how people are looking at it. We want immediate results, everybody — the media, the fans, myself. But unfortunately that's not always part of it."The Bears are banking on more from Trubisky after loading up in the offseason around the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft.They hired an offensive-minded coach in Matt Nagy to replace the fired John Fox. They also brought in some new playmaking targets such as former Jacksonville Pro Bowl receiver Allen Robinson in an effort to get the most out of their prized quarterback.But if the Bears are going to rise in the NFC North after four straight last-place finishes, they need their quarterback to deliver.Against Green Bay, he missed receivers. He was quick to scramble rather than stay in the pocket. He couldn't move the Bears past midfield in the closing minutes when all they needed was a field goal after Green Bay went ahead.More than anything, he showed he remains a work in progress. With 13 NFL starts to go with the 13 he had in college at North Carolina, maybe that's understandable.But so are the high expectations surrounding him. After all, general manager Ryan Pace made a big trade with San Francisco so he could move up to draft him.As a rookie last season, Trubisky threw as many interceptions as touchdowns (seven) in the 12 games he started. Against Green Bay, he did not get picked off or throw for any TDs. He was 23 of 35 for 171 yards with a 77.2 passer rating."Last year it was more, 'Oh he's a rookie, growing pains,'" Trubisky said. "And then now, it's a little different because it's like 'Oh http://www.bearsfootballauthentics.com/bobby-massie-jersey-authentic , second year, why isn't the offense exploding?' And I ask myself some of those same questions, 'Why aren't I playing as well as I'd like to?' But if I'm too hard on myself then I just get discouraged."There were several plays that stood out against the Packers. Two came on back-to-back snaps at the end of the first quarter with the ball on the Green Bay 3 and the Bears looking to build on a 7-0 lead.Trubisky overthrew Robinson in the right corner on second down.On the next play, Trey Burton for a moment appeared to be open in the end zone with his arms raised on a play designed for Tarik Cohen in the flat that the Packers cut off.Trubisky connected with Taylor Gabriel for a 5-yard loss, forcing Chicago to settle for a field goal. But did Trubisky miss a touchdown?A defensive back was closing in on Burton. And Nagy said he did not think Burton was open."It's easy to say 'yeah he was wide open,'" he said. "But that was good defense by them."Trubisky wishes he attempted to hit Burton. But he'll also take the three points there."You've got to know as a quarterback if that opens up, take your chances and get it to the guy wide open," Trubisky said. "But it's a little less wide open when you're playing it full motion on film. When you've got the still picture, which I'm sure a lot of people saw, it looks like I don't know what I'm doing. Trust me, I'm hard on myself. You want touchdowns, not field goals."The Bears couldn't get in field-goal range when they needed one near the end of the game after Green Bay scored the go-ahead touchdown. They took over at their 18 with 2:13 remaining and didn't get past midfield.Trubisky seemed a bit rattled by the rush and was quick to scramble and abandon the play."I was thinking: Try to make a big play, like win the game right here," Trubisky said. "And it should have been for me personally ... just like stack completions, get one more completion, one more first down." It would be easy to get the impression that Khalil Mack is the beginning and end of the good things that are happening in Chicago. The man is impressive, and every sign indicates that he was worth both the picks given to trade for him and the contract he inked to keep him with the Bears long-term. However, while he is certainly helping the Bears both directly (by being a beast) and indirectly (by making things easier for everyone else), it’s worth looking at three other things the Bears have quietly gotten better at this year. It’s early to draw sweeping conclusions Womens Dion Sims Jersey , but the results we have so far look good.Fewer PenaltiesNFLpenalties.com (one of the most aptly named websites out there) tells us that with 19 penalties across 3 games, the Bears are tied for 6th in the NFL for fewest penalties incurredIt’s not just that penalties are being declined, either, because they are still 6th in total flags (at 21). Even better, they are also tied for 4th in the NFL for penalty yards suffered (135).The bad news is that they are 26th in the NFL for pre-snap penalties, with 10. No one player is really owning the penalty situation and sticking out in that regard, however. Three of those were non-specific penalties (illegal shift and illegal formation), and Eric Kush only has two on the season--even if both came at a bad time in a single game. This is a clean team so far, and it has probably helped them make it to 2-1. As the offense continues to progress, this situation should only get better. In particular, as the offense settles down and those pre-snap penalties subside, this team has the potential to play some of the most disciplined football Chicago has enjoyed in a long time.Discipline wins football games.Controlling Tight EndsFor roughly as long as I can remember, the Bears have struggled against tight ends. This was true even before the position developed into the brutal mismatch that it has become in the modern NFL. However, a tour through Pro Football Reference suggests that the Bears finally seem to be getting on top of the problem.In the first game, Jimmy Graham had only 2 receptions for 8 yards against the Bears to open the season and Lance Kendricks had a single reception for 13 yards; together these two tight ends managed 3 receptions and 21 yards. Those two have averaged 6 receptions and 72 yards in each of the other two games of the season. The Bears didn’t win the game, but it was a close call and it wasn’t because they let tight ends open up the middle of the field.Meanwhile, Nick Vannett and Will Dissly have had 15 receptions and 212 yards plus a pair of touchdowns so so far, averaging 5 receptions and 71 yards per game. Against the Bears, they had 6 receptions and 67 yards (as well as one of those touchdowns). This seems less impressive http://www.bearsfootballauthentics.com/charles-leno-jersey-authentic , in that the Bears are more or less just holding pace with the other Seahawks opponents, until you remember that half of those yards (and the touchdown) came in the last three minutes of the game when the Bears were up 24-10. This was a classic “garbage time” drive.Perhaps more importantly, however, go back and watch the touchdown itself. Roquan Smith is engaged against CJ Prosise and reads Wilson, actually coming free and closing on Dissly about two steps (at most) too late to break up the play. Was that ideal? No. You’d like him to read the play on time. It was, however, his first professional start and he was playing against a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. He won’t be two steps late to diagnose that play by mid-season, and he probably won’t be two steps late against a lesser passer. Finally, Jermaine Gresham and Ricky Seals-Jones combined for 2 receptions and 44 yards against the Bears. Overall, these two are at 3 receptions and 27 yards per game. Why do I consider the Bears’ performance against this group a victory, then? Because most of that was a single 35-yard touchdown catch in the opening stages of the game, and it happened at a particularly weak moment for the Bears’ defense. One of the ways the Bears have been controlling tight ends is through creative use of their linebacking corps, and Leonard Floyd was not on the field for that play. In fact, Smith and Floyd are the keys to negating tight ends in this current iteration of the Fangio defense. Sometimes Floyd forces a TE to work against him as he comes down, but just as often Floyd uses his length and speed to play the cover linebacker role. Meanwhile, Smith’s speed and power help him to do the same thing. Having two versatile chess pieces like this can only help the Bears as Smith learns the professional game and as Floyd gets healthy again. Third-Down ConversionThe Bears have a third-down conversion rate around 40% (39.53%, actually). That’s only good for 17th in the NFL, but it’s also the highest third-down conversion rate the Bears have enjoyed since 2015. Part of this is, regardless of fan perception Womens Allen Robinson II Jersey , because of the lower rate of pass plays that are being called and because the team is staying “on schedule” as it were.The Bears are passing on 57% of their plays, making them the 22nd-most likely team to pass the ball in the NFL this season. This is an uptick from the the not-quite 55% rate of last season, and it’s still less than the 60%-ish of the prior season. In other words, while Nagy’s scheme does actually make use of short passing plays, and while fans might wonder why he can’t just bring himself to use Jordan Howard in short yardage situations, he is using his running backs. He is using them 43% of the time, when the league average is around 39% of the time (+/- 6%). And it’s working. Teams win by keeping their offense on the field, and whatever other limitations the offense has, it has managed to run 198 plays, good for ninth in the NFL (and three of the teams ahead of them have been to overtime).Obviously, they need to continue to improve in this category. However, this is a significant step in the right direction, and it’s a testament to Nagy’s ability to install an effective offense in less than a quarter of a season of football.So, those are three things that the Bears are doing well that might have been lost in the shadow of Khalil Mack. Now, with that out of the way, please return to enshrining #52 in his proper place as one of the most enjoyable football players of his generation.