Matt Nagy explains why Bears haven’t named Mitchell Trubisky the starter just yet
Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles is in danger of missing Sunday’s contest against the Green Bay Packers. The one-time Pro Bowler is dealing with a hip injury and missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. At this point, some folks are wondering why Bears head coach Matt Nagy hasn’t named Mitchell Trubisky the starter for Sunday.
Nagy tried to play it coy:
“We’re still kind of evaluating where [Foles] is at, and I think that’s the only fair thing,” Nagy said, via Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Mitch is obviously doing well health-wise. I feel good with where he’s at physically, with the way he’s throwing and all that stuff.”
Nagy appears to be implying here that there is still a real chance that Foles is able to suit up for their Week 12 matchup against the Packers. Of course, this could just be a bit of gamesmanship from the coach. Given Trubisky has taken the starter reps in practice and Foles hasn’t practiced at all this week, all signs point toward the former No. 2 overall pick getting the nod in the rivalry game.
Whatever the case may be, this recent development seems to be a welcome development for Trubisky, who was benched in favor of Foles earlier this season due to his struggles. A start on Sunday would be a good opportunity for the 26-year-old Trubisky to prove to his coach why he deserves to be the starter the rest of the season.
Sunday’s game is also a crucial one for the Bears’ season in general. Chicago has lost four games in a row after a 5-1 start to put its playoff chances in serious jeopardy, with a moribund offense at fault for the skid. An upset win over the NFC North-leading Packers could help turn the season around.