How much can teams learn from a QB's body language? Matt Nagy and Mitch Trubisky are trying new methods to find out


After Sunday’s game against the Chargers, Mitch Trubisky – for the first time in his career – changed his routine. Following the 17-16 loss, the QB sat down and re-watched the game, but with a twist: he tuned into the TV copy. 

“I usually don't watch the game copies. I just watch the film and go through that,” he said on Wednesday afternoon. “Coach Nagy even said I should watch that. Just watch myself and kind of see myself from a different perspective rather than just watching the film. I think that told me a lot about myself.

Before you start screaming into the abyss and queuing up that pithy tweet: it’s not like Trubisky doesn’t look at tape. For all of the issues that the Bears’ franchise quarterback continues to work through, his dedication to being in the film room at Halas Hall has never been an issue. On the advice of Matt Nagy, however, Trubisky changed up his routine this week. Why?

“I think body language is a part of energy, it's a part of having fun, you see that,” Nagy said. “Now you want to make sure that there's different kinds of it and how is it being used. Is it controlled? Or is it out of control?” 

Body language has been a point of conversation at the Bears’ practice facility on more than one occasion this week. In the midst of the first three-game losing streak of the Matt Nagy era, the coach has been pleased with the unflappable enthusiasm and optimism that his players are still bringing to practice. 

“I have players coming up to me that are telling me, ‘We’ve got this, Coach,’” he said. “That’s all I really need, which is cool. You’re put in a business and a profession where you’re at the top of the top with these players. There’s a lot of great competition.” 

One of the players that’s been an especially vocal leader this week, Nagy mentioned, was the QB. As the losses pile on, the Bears continue to look for players to step up without any prodding from the coaching staff, and Trubisky admitted that seeing himself on the TV broadcast put things in a new, unique perspective. 

“I really wasn't doing much,” he said. “I really wasn't showing any body language. It was mostly just like a guy who looks super serious, kind of tense. And that's really not me. Especially when you're going out on the field and playing the game you love. You should be out there having fun, which I usually am. But I'm not showing that.” 

Members of the Bears’ offense have talked throughout the last two seasons about what type of energy an engaged Trubisky brings to the flow of a game, and the offense specifically. With the Bears season – and his NFL career, potentially – at a crossroads, everyone involved is looking to see some of that fire again. 

“When he brings that swagger, that confidence? I mean it levitates the offense to another level,” Taylor Gabriel said. “ As long as we go out there and just do what we do, play our football, we'll be OK.” 

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