Bears Will Not Name Starting QB Prior To Week 1

One of the league’s premier position battles will not be settled, at least publicly, until the Bears suit up for their regular-season opener.

Matt Nagy said Saturday he will not declare whether Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles has won the job prior to the Bears’ Week 1 game. The Bears will travel to Detroit for their 2020 opener.

Ordinarily, a team featuring a quarterback competition would name a starter by the time its third preseason game comes. With the COVID-19 pandemic prompting the NFL to scrap the preseason slate, the Bears will attempt to keep their decision in-house. Though, the clubhouse leader here will stand to see more reps than the likely QB2 in the coming days.

The Bears acquired Foles from the Jaguars to push Trubisky, who has not worked out to the team’s liking. The Bears passed on Trubisky’s fifth-year option in May.

Foles, 31, is also coming off a down year, suffering a broken collarbone in Week 1 and being replaced by sixth-round rookie Gardner Minshew shortly after he recovered from the injury. Foles, however, has a significant experience edge on Trubisky, who dropped from third in QBR in 2018 to 28th last season. While Foles has not shown much outside of Philadelphia, his two late-season runs with the Eagles — involving a Super Bowl LII MVP award and a wild-card win over the Bears a year later — certainly dwarf Trubisky’s accomplishments.

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16 comments on “Bears Will Not Name Starting QB Prior To Week 1

  1. fightinfisch

    Very Nagy like ‍♂️. Likely his last year unless a major turnaround, He’ll follow his GM out the door

    • wagner13

      Blame pace. Nagy can only use the tools he was given by management. He helped Trubisky overachieve in 2018 before he predictably regressed as the offensive line declined in quality. He had just two viable wideouts and no tight ends worth a darn. I’m not sure what you really expected Nagy to do

      • rondon

        He won coach of the year because Vic Fangio’s defense scored so many tds and had so many takeaways. Last year’s D wasn’t as special and it exposed him as nothing more than assistant coach.

  2. case7187

    You should be fired if Mitch starts week one the kid is Ryan leaf cut your loss

    • Rocket32

      case7187 You say that like they have another option that’s clearly better. Foles is Foles at this point. A fine QB as far as backups go but not much more then that and he’s 31. If one of them is going to be the Bears future QB for years to come it would be Trubisky, not Foles.

      • rondon

        Neither one is the future for the Bears. Trubisky is hopelessly one dimensional. Foles at least, has big game experience, but probably not the long term answer. They could look at the draft but that would mean Pace messing up another pick.

    • crosseyedlemon

      The Bears will just go and sign Mike Glennon for an outrageous amount and tell the fans they have solved the problem.

  3. Basil Ganglia

    The more significant story is that the Bears’ options come down to Foles and Trubisky. That’s like being forced to choose between McDs and Burger King, while everyone else gets to pick from Fatburger, Culver’s, Five Guys, In-N-Out, and Shake Shack.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Only 24 QBs last season played more than 80% of their teams total snaps so a GM that doesn’t bother to add some quality depth is likely to regret it.

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