You don't buy your grandparents a race car to drive to church on Sundays.

And therein lies the Bears' biggest problem this 3-7 season: How do you use rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky, effectively?

As much promise as that position holds for the future, Trubisky still needs loads of experience and solid mentoring to become the Bears' first Pro Bowl quarterback since Jim McMahon in 1985.

Coach John Fox, at 12-30 with seven straight losses in the NFC North, isn't the answer.

Most of his past success in shaping winners came with veteran Peyton Manning in Denver.

Manning could make Jimmy Kimmel look effective on the sideline.

The jury is still out on offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, whose play-calling is often as imaginative as a ham sandwich. Yes, the receivers don't scare anyone, the offensive line has health and depth issues, and running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen are limited in catching the football.

Howard can't hang on inside the red zone, while 5-foot-6 Cohen is a difficult target often overwhelmed in blitz pickup.

Cohen also leads the NFL in negative rushes with 16 carries for minus-42 yards.

Still, the Bears should have a better record, losing five games by eight points or less. Fox deserves much of the blame with bad decision making.

He is the Bears' third head coach since 2012, Ryan Pace their third general manager since 2011.

See what Trubisky has to deal with?

But that's no excuse and he'd be the first to agree.

In the six games Trubisky has started since Mike Glennon's merciful benching, the Bears are 2-4.

Trubisky has completed 53 percent of his throws, has two touchdowns, four interceptions, and three lost fumbles for a 78.2 QB rating.

In Sunday's 27-24 loss to Detroit, Trubisky bounced a terrible throw to wide-open Benny Cunningham at the Lions' 5, then later had his fumble returned for a touchdown.

But he has proven to be far more athletic and mobile than Glennon could ever hope.

There were some good throws in tight pockets Sunday, and others that were drone-like and sailed out of sight.

That's just a rookie being a rookie.

"We've shown spurts and moments, like we have for some time now, but we have lulls, we have siestas," Fox said after the Bears blew two 10-point leads.

"Nobody is good enough to overcome that."

Fox did call his QB a "playmaker," saying he has complete command of the huddle.

But the kid needs help, a true mentor at that key position.

Trubisky believes he's slowly making progress, that his coaches and teammates trust him, and he asks fans to be patient.

That's tough to do when you haven't made the playoffs since 2010.

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This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at al.hamnik@nwi.com

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