Mitchell Trubisky expected to be named Bears’ Week 1 starter over Nick Foles
Head coach Matt Nagy stated nearly a week ago that he wouldn’t name a starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears ahead of Week 1. But it appears he’s had a change of heart. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Mitchell Trubisky is expected to be named Chicago’s Week 1 starter over Nick Foles.
In a competitive battle, Bears are expected to name Mitchell Trubisky the starting QB, source tells ESPN.
It’s due to his progression, leadership and overall performance throughout camp. Nick Foles made decision difficult for Matt Nagy, but the team feels strong about its QBs.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 4, 2020
Following the end of the 2019 season, the Bears iterated that Trubisky would be the starter in 2020. However, back in March, Chicago acquired veteran Nick Foles in exchange for a fourth-round pick.
The arrival of Foles prompted Nagy and the Bears to have a friendly quarterback competition this offseason. Even amid an unusual offseason, the Bears found ways to give both guys a fair chance to win the starting job.
In the 2017 NFL Draft, Chicago traded up to select Trubisky with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Of course, until the end of time, the Bears will have to live with taking him over Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes.
Unlike Watson and Mahomes, Trubisky has failed to show consistency in his first three seasons. Just last season, Trubisky finished with only 3,138 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
When the Bears first landed Foles via trade, many believed that he would emerge as the starting quarterback due to his previous experience with Nagy. Foles and Nagy spent time together with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in their careers.
Chicago could be siding with Trubisky due to the team’s offensive line struggles, especially with the departure of Kyle Long. On the other hand, it could be concerning to see Foles fall short of unseating Trubisky as the starter. While he’ll be the starter in Week 1 versus the Detroit Lions, it remains to be seen how long of a leash the Bears will give Trubisky before they insert Foles.