Bears QB Depth Chart Finalized
The Bears QB depth chart has essentially been finalized. Currently, the group consists of Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Foles and Tyler Bray.
Bray is the clear third option. The starting spot comes down to either Trubisky or Foles.
According to former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, the choice between Trubisky and Foles is not a particularly difficult one when you really think about it.
“I just base it off how they both have performed when they have been given the opportunity, and Nick Foles, I think, has performed better,” he said.
“If you just based it off how they’ve performed in real game situations, obviously, Nick Foles won a Super Bowl. And played lights out. Just based off of that, Nick Foles is the better player.”
Adding more fuel to the fire is head coach Matt Nagy referring to the competition between the two men as “wide open.”
Over the last few days, I’ve scouted both Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky. Here’s what stands out about each (THREAD).
-Accurate in short and intermediate range, especially with screens/checkdowns (+)
-Pretty deep ball, though rarely used (+)
-Leadership and pedigree (+) pic.twitter.com/ZVjZMPrvob
— Bradley Locker (@Bradley_Locker) August 1, 2020
Bears QB Depth Chart Didn’t Always Look Like This
Trubisky was the Bears’ No. 2 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. He was picked ahead of Patrick Mahomes, who won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs this past season.
After a strong 2018 where Trubisky went 11-3 as a starter and threw for 24 scores, he regressed badly in 2019. Injury concerns and costly mistakes plagued him all season, culminating in an 8-7 record and 10 interceptions compared to 17 touchdowns.
The Bears’ passing offense ranked 25th in the NFL and was 29th in the league in overall scoring.
In the offseason, Chicago went out and acquired Foles from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a fourth round selection.
Generally, teams don’t go out and trade for 31-year-olds who were the starters on their old teams (pre-injury) if they have confidence in their existing young quarterback. Clearly Chicago does not.
Not Everyone Agrees On Foles’ Place In Bears QB Depth Chart
While Favre may have more faith in Foles than Trubisky, not everyone agrees with that assessment. Michael Lombardi, a former NFL general manager says the Bears have “too much to lose to start Foles.”
“Everything will be scripted in training camp for Trubisky to have success,” he said.
“We already see the public relations machine at work, telling us Trubisky looks like a different player in terms of his conditioning. Yet, there has not been one on-the-field workout. Who cares about his conditioning? What matters more than anything is his decision-making, talent and accuracy. The faster he is forced to play, the less capable he becomes.
“The Bears have too much to lose in starting Foles. They will completely lose Trubisky mentally. Plus, Foles has never been an effective opening-day starter. He is better in a relief role, coming off the bench. In his career, Foles has never played or started in all 16 games. Why change it now?”
Trubisky still only 25 years old, so he has his whole career ahead of him to change the current perception that exists after last season. That said, if he loses out the starting gig to Foles, it is hard to envision him getting another similar opportunity in the foreseeable future. The stench of this failure will inevitably follow him around for years to come.
One way or another, the Bears’ quarterbacking group is set. Who the eventual starting quarterback will ultimately end up being remains to be seen.