With 32 days until the Bears' 1st game, Matt Nagy isn't sure what a best-case scenario would be for a Mitch Trubisky-Nick Foles decision

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Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune
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Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles threw routes to wide receivers on air — meaning no defenders to work around — for the first time Wednesday in the Chicago Bears quarterback competition. The battle won’t heat up until Monday, when the team holds its first practice in full pads.

Coach Matt Nagy praised the two passers as the clock ticks for a decision with the season set to open in 32 days against the Lions on Sept. 13 in Detroit. With only eight or nine practices in full pads — the same hurdle all teams face — it creates a time-sensitive dilemma for the coaching staff, not to mention the quarterbacks themselves.

Generally, teams want to have their starters settled two weeks before the season begins. That’s in normal times with a full slate of preseason games, and it’s unknown if the Bears can achieve the needed results in less than three weeks to produce a decision they have confidence in.

“That, for us, is going to be fluid,” said Nagy, who was evasive when asked what a best-case scenario would be for a final decision. “When I say that, we’ve got to be able to see, OK, if we need to sneak competitive periods in because we feel like we’re not getting enough.