The Chicago Bears unloaded a fourth-round draft pick to acquire quarterback Nick Foles (and his monster contract) from the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this offseason. The trade was bold, to say the least, and most analysts were led to believe that it signaled the beginning of the end of the Mitchell Trubisky era.
However, Bears head coach Matt Nagy is not of that mindset. In his latest comments addressing the supposed QB competition, he actually left the door open for Trubisky to reclaim his role as the starter.
"Preseason games, reps, playing more, creating more reps," Nagy told reporters. "Having both those quarterbacks play with the same wide receivers and tight ends against the same defenses — that’s going to be important. I do believe it’ll naturally happen. I feel good about that. We have a good plan. And they understand it.”
It's unclear if this was just a PR stunt deployed by Nagy. After all, revealing Foles as the starter would give opposing teams extensive time to prepare for him. However, we're talking about a gunslinger in Trubisky who finished 28th in the NFL in total QBR last season. For the year (15 starts), the former No. 2 overall pick barely scraped the 3,000-yard mark and completed 63.2% of his passes for 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Foles is by no means a world-beater, but he would undoubtedly give the Bears the better chance to realize their potential. For as incompetent as Chicago's offense was last season, the fact that they finished 8-8 says everything about the talent on the rest of their roster.
The Bears could be one of the most slept on teams in 2020, but not if Trubisky is under center. That would confine them to another season of mediocrity. Nagy even insinuating that the North Carolina product could start come Week 1 should infuriate fans in the Windy City.