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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 Roquan Smith 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 鈥?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, 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 Authentic Allen Robinson Jersey ,'" 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." Mike Smith is out as defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, replaced by linebackers coach Mark Duffner.Riding a three-game losing streak and not showing any signs of being able to fix a porous unit that keeps undermining the team's chances of winning, the Bucs dismissed the former Atlanta Falcons coach Monday after yielding 92 points in the first half of consecutive losses to Pittsburgh, Chicago and Atlanta.Tampa Bay, which has the NFL's second-ranked offense and No. 1 passing attack, rallied to make two of those games close, however pressure on coach Dirk Koetter to make a change had been mounting since Mitchell Trubisky threw a career-best six touchdown passes in the Bears' 48-10 rout of the Bucs on Sept. 30.The day after the loss to Chicago, Koetter said he had no intentions of dismissing Smith because the defensive woes were not the fault of any one person.The Bucs had a bye after that game, but having an extra week to prepare for Atlanta didn't turn out to be an advantage. The Falcons gained 219 yards and scored touchdowns on their first three possessions to open a 21-6 lead before holding on late for a 34-29 victory that apparently sealed Smith's fate."I have the utmost respect for Mike Smith as a man and as a football coach," Koetter said. "These decisions are always difficult, but our top priority here is to ensure that we do everything possible to help this team succeed."Through five games, the Bucs (2-3) are 31st in total defense at 439.8 yards per game. They're last in pass defense (355.6), while also allowing a league-high 34.6 points per game.Opponents have scored 30 or more points four times, including 40-plus twice."I thought it was important that both sides of the ball be able to go through the self-scouting process during the bye week to see if we could make some adjustments that would help us play better as a football team http://www.bearsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jordan-howard-jersey ," Koetter said, explaining the decision to keep Smith after the loss to Chicago."I do think we had a good plan on defense for Atlanta. We did a lot of things we planned to do. We did some things differently. It just didn't work out that way," Koetter added. "This is a production business. We have to play better on defense. We have to play better as a football team."Smith coached the Falcons from 2008 to 2014. He sat out a year after being fired in Atlanta, where Koetter served as his offensive coordinator, and joined the Bucs when Koetter succeeded Lovie Smith as Bucs coach after the 2015 season."Mike and I worked together as coordinators in Jacksonville, and I worked for Mike in Atlanta. I didn't ever see this day coming, but it's here. We have to make decisions that give us the best chance moving forward. That's all you can do," Koetter said."It's a tough business," linebacker Lavonte David said, adding Smith was a "standup guy" who "never threw anyone under the bus.""Everybody in the locker room had a lot of respect for him," David said. "It's a tough situation he was in."Duffner, 65, was the logical choice as a mid-season replacement for Smith, primarily because of his experience. He's in his 22nd season as an NFL assistant, third with the Bucs.Duffner has also coached in Miami, Jacksonville, Green Bay and Cincinnati, where he was defensive coordinator for two years."When you change five games into the season ... it's not like you're going through a whole lot of options," Koetter said. "Duff has been a coordinator is this league. He's the most experienced coach on our staff, period, at any position."



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