The Chicago Bears quarterback competition is one of the bigger preseason storylines.
Trubisky regressed mightily in 2019 for myriad factors and the former No. 2 pick isn’t guaranteed to even be the starter when the NFL season begins in September.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy says Trubisky has an advantage over Nick Foles who was acquired in an offseason trade for a fourth-round pick, but that’s due to the COVID-19 pandemic preventing him from getting in the building and working with his new teammates.
Trubisky has already been in the system but he’s not a lock to be the starter when the games begin to count.
Expect Nick Foles to start the most games for the Chicago Bears.
Nagy has famously held his starters and lead contributors from preseason games in his two years as head coach but that was expected to change after a disappointing season last year after a breakout year in 2018. Now, the NFL has canceled the preseason due to the pandemic and the quarterback competition Bears fans expected to see throughout training camp and the preseason will not be reduced to camp.
Trubisky may have the leg-up on Foles but when Foles gets to camp and begins to work with his receivers and shows what he can do, expect Foles to take the lead over Trubisky in the quarterback competition.
Nagy and Bears general manager Ryan Pace need to make the playoffs and win a playoff game to keep their jobs this year. Even with an increased playoff field, the Bears are no lock to make the postseason. However, their best bet to get there is to ride the quarterback they paid a fourth-round pick to get and who is making more than $20 million.
Trubisky has his opportunity and didn’t make the most of it. Trading for Foles may have reignited a competitive fuse within Trubisky but if he can’t throw an accurate pass on 3rd and 7, he’s not going to be the guy for the Bears.
We know what Trubisky can do in this offense and it’s not good enough. I wouldn’t be surprised if Trubisky starts Week 1 but has a short leash if he plays poorly. The time is for Foles to win the job and see if he can recapture the same magic he once had with the Philadelphia Eagles and lead the Bears to a deep postseason run in.