As the outside world continues its enlivened debate about the Bears quarterback situation, rookie Mitch Trubisky continues plugging away behind the scenes.
On Friday, with three weeks of regular-season practice under his belt, Trubisky spoke openly at Halas Hall about the learning curve he's climbing. And sure, he acknowledged, it's sometimes amusing to hear fans and critics oversimplify the demands of playing quarterback in the NFL.
"Yeah," he said. "I mean, that's football in general. It's a lot more complex than people think it is. That's what makes it special for us."
Asked to detail the intricacies of the position he's continuing to master, Trubisky shrugged.
"I don't know if I can describe it," he said. "It's tough even for me to explain to people what I'm going through and what it is we do here."
Still, Trubisky listed several boxes on his growth checklist — from learning terminology to communicating in the huddle and at the line of scrimmage to recognizing blitzes and continually adjusting protections. On that front, he's still growing.
"It's doing that every play and being consistent with it," Trubisky said. "Anybody can do it every once in a while. But to do it every play, every day over a long period of time, that's how the great ones do it."
Trubisky's time to start has not arrived. Mike Glennon will get a third crack at doing so Sunday against the Steelers. The rookie doesn't seem to be in a rush, even as impatient fans call for his services after the Bears' 0-2 start.
For now, Trubisky continues to embrace the development process and asserted he has continued to learn from Glennon week after week, even as the offense struggles.
"He's very level-headed," Trubisky said. "He doesn't get frustrated. He owns up to his mistakes and just continues to do his job. The guys respond around him. You learn from that and how to carry yourself and how to be a leader."
Soon enough, Trubisky will have his opportunity to put those lessons to use.