Nick Foles gets nod over Mitchell Trubisky as Bears’ starting quarterback
#Bears coach Matt Nagy announces the obvious: Nick Foles is now their starting QB.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 28, 2020
Though it could’ve been a foreseen move, it wasn’t necessarily the obvious move right away. Nick Foles was inserted into the Bears Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons to replace Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky hadn’t had himself a productive game prior to being benched, leading Nagy to instead go with Foles.
The former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback in Foles has proven himself in yesteryears with the Eagles at the expense of Carson Wentz’s injuries. Nagy rightfully assumed that Foles could fill that void again on Sunday as he saw his Bears chance of winning slip away with Trubisky at the helm of the offense.
Foles entered the game and threw three fourth-quarter touchdowns, raising the Bears over the Falcons for a final score of 30-26. He threw an interception early on into his debut Sunday, but shook of the rust shortly afterward and delivered his comeback performance. He finished the game completing 16 of 29 passes for 188 yards to go along with his three touchdowns.
Foles was only slightly beaten by Trubisky for the starting role after training camp. Many spectated that this would always be the plan of simply waiting until Trubisky didn’t live up to expectations before inserting Foles. Foles only further cemented that notion by not failing when called upon in the second half against the Falcons.
Trubisky was supportive of the decision to start Foles over himself. He’d completed 13 of 22 passes for 128 yards along with one touchdown and one interception prior to being benched.
What Foles becoming the starting quarterback means for Trubisky remains to be seen. Nagy could find great success possibly throwing defenses off if the Bears offense becomes stagnant at times with Foles.