Matt Nagy Threw Wrench Into Bears' Future by Pulling Mitchell Trubisky Late in Fourth

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The Mitchell Trubisky experiment continued to falter for the Chicago Bears on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams, but what happened with under four minutes left wrecked the entire comfortable narrative.

In the fourth quarter, viewers were stunned to see head coach Matt Nagy speaking with Trubisky on the sidelines before a helmet-wearing Chase Daniel appeared on the field to lead the game's most important drive, down 10 in a last-ditch effort.

According to the team's damage control, it was not a performance-based benching, as the Bears announced that Trubisky was pulled with a hip injury. Sure.

Imagine being "questionable" with three minutes remaining. When...when's he coming back, Coach Nagy?

Just as he's been for the majority of this season, the former 2017 second overall pick failed to show any signs of third-year progression in this one. Against the Rams, Trubisky completed 23-of-43 pass attempts for a measly 190 yards, one impressive touchdown pass, and one poorly thrown interception.

Now, as Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth noted, the door is wide open for analysts to discuss the seemingly inevitable. Is this the end for Trubisky, after so many shows of faith from his coach? Is this the weakest type of scapegoating, using a QB who's struggled all year long as a symbolic sacrifice in the waning moments of another loss? After all, Trubisky was no worse tonight than he's been. Nothing has changed.

Whatever the reason, the optics of the far-too-late decision have made Nagy fair game, which he must have known was coming. We'll see if Trubisky remains the starter in Week 12, as they return home to face the lowly New York Giants.