Bears QBs Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles won’t cure Chicago’s malaise, claims Tony Dungy
NBC analyst and Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy offered a straightforward opinion of the Chicago Bears’ offense during a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune. More specifically, Dungy believes that it doesn’t matter if it’s Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky starting against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
This may sound like a brash stance, but Dungy delivered a solid point when making this claim. The Bears started this season with a 5-1 record, and they seemed to be well on their way. In recent weeks, however, the team has struggled to find a rhythm, especially in the running game. As a result, they’re emerging from their bye week at 5-5.
As a testament to their rushing woes, Chicago is currently ranked dead last in total yards gained on the ground at 782. Per game, the team is averaging just 78.2 yards, which is also last in the NFL.
Dungy feels that the Bears must find a way to restore their rushing attack, lest they fall out of playoff contention. As it stands now, Chicago still controls its own fate.
“I don’t think it does,” Dungy replied when asked if it matters who starts at quarterback, via the Chicago Tribune. “I think you can tailor your game to either guy. Nick Foles brings some things to the table that maybe Mitch (Trubisky) doesn’t. But Mitch brings some things too.”
Tony Dungy went on to add that the Bears will need a solid rushing game in the upcoming winter months:
“Some way, somehow, they’ve got to get going running the football again. You can’t be a good team in Chicago in December and January in bad weather at playoff time if you’re not able to run the ball.”
Bears coach Matt Nagy says the team is still working through injuries at the quarterback position. Nick Foles (hip/glute) was held out of Wednesday’s practice session, while Mitchell Trubisky is still viewed as week-to-week with a shoulder ailment.
The Bears and Packers will meet this Sunday. Kick-off inside Lambeau Field is set for 8:20 p.m. ET, with NBC having live broadcast coverage.
Let’s see who the Bears choose to ride with at quarterback.