Chicago Bears Will Not Name a Starting Quarterback Prior to Season Opener

Aug 25, 2020; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterbacks Nick Foles (9) and Mitch Trubisky (10) during training camp Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 at Halas Hall.
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In the offseason, the Chicago Bears brought in Nick Foles to compete with Trubisky. On Saturday, Bears coach Matt Nagy gave the media an update on the situation, announcing that he will not name a starting quarterback prior to Week 1 against the Lions.

Just two seasons ago, the Chicago Bears were legitimate Super Bowl contenders as they finished with a 12-4 record. The offense and defense performed at very high levels. In 2018, their defense allowed 17.7 points per game, the fewest in the NFL. That same year, their offense scored 26.3 points per game, which was good for 9th in the league. The offense was so good that year because their quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, played exceptionally well. That season, he threw for 3,223 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions and rushed for 421 yards and three touchdowns.

However, Trubisky was much worse in 2019. That year, he was ranked 28th in the NFL in total QBR (39.4), tied for 27th in touchdown passes (17), 21st in passing yards (3,138), 32nd in yards gained per pass attempt (6.1), and 28th in traditional quarterback rating (83.0). Due to his play, the whole offense suffered. Led by Trubisky, the Bears offense averaged a mere 17.5 points per game last season, with only three other teams scoring less. They finished with an 8-8 record. If the Bears put a quality offense on the field that season, they probably would have had a chance to win the Super Bowl because they still had a great defense. Last season, Chicago allowed the fourth-fewest points per game at 18.6.

Mitchell Trubisky played worse last season than in 2018. Although one could attribute his downgrade in play to his injury that he had last season, it was an area where his game should not be affected that much: his left shoulder. The main point is that he was an All-Pro in 2018, and then the next season, he was statistically one of the worst starters in the entire league. This precipitous drop in play is something that does not happen very often. Now, because of it, he rightfully has to fight for his starting job.

Maybe Nagy is trying to keep the Lions guessing. However, more likely, he wants to ensure that he has the right quarterback, especially following a disappointing season.

Foles and Trubisky Speak Out

Throughout training camp, Foles and Trubisky have been locked in a battle for the starting spot. Since padded practices began on August 17th, the quarterbacks have evenly rotated days on the first-team. Here’s what they both had to say on where they stood in the competition:

“I honestly haven’t asked for any feedback,” Foles stated. “I just want to go out there and help this team, play out there, go execute these plays and help this offense and help this team in whatever role that may be. My focus is that. I’m not even thinking about [the competition].”

“I’m not exactly sure [where it all stands],” Trubisky said. “I think that’d be a good conversation to have with coach probably Sunday, see how we did after the scrimmage, go back and watch some film and then have one more big week of practice before I would say they probably make a decision. But they really haven’t told us where we’re at or when the deadline is.”

Hopefully, for Bears fans, they can get quality quarterback play this season, whether it comes from Trubisky or Foles.

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