Chris Simms: Mitch Trubisky, Matt Nagy earned another season with Bears

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Why Chris Simms says Bears should run it back with Trubisky, Nagy originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Mitchell Trubisky has played well enough since returning as the Bears starting quarterback to earn another shot to start, whether it’s in Chicago or not. But Sunday Night Football’s Chris Simms thinks not only should the Bears bring back Trubisky for another tour, but the team should give Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace another shot too.

“You can’t blow this thing up right now,” Simms told NBC Sports Chicago. “You can’t blow it up… There’s too many good things about this football team right now to blow it up and start from square one. You’re closer to the good than the bad right now.

“I know everyone wants a new quarterback in football. Everyone wants Patrick Mahomes. There’s only one damn Mahomes. There’s only one Josh Allen, one Aaron Rodgers. It’s a small group. Let’s just continue to build the team, then play right around the players we have.”

Simms believes the Bears are good enough to win with just a few tweaks, and they can bring home the Lombardi Trophy, even if Trubisky never ascends to play like a top-10 QB.

“I’d like to remind everybody: the 49ers went to the Super Bowl with Jimmy Garoppolo,” Simms said. “Nowhere near a top-10 quarterback. The Rams went to the Super Bowl with Jared Goff. Nowhere near a top-10 quarterback, I’d argue whether he’s top-20. Blake Bortles has been to the final four. Case Keenum’s been to the final four. Nick Foles beat Tom Brady in the Super Bowl! Peyton Manning was the worst quarterback in the NFL and they won the Super Bowl. So it’s not always quarterback, quarterback, quarterback, quarterback.

“Let’s build a freaking team and then quarterbacks will look good behind that. Look at Baker Mayfield. (The Browns) have built a team. We’re saying he’s a bust at the start of the year, but now we’re going, ‘Is Baker Mayfield one of the best quarterbacks in football?’”

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Simms says Nagy has earned another shot himself after finally embracing the run and putting Trubisky in a position to succeed.

“Matt Nagy, I give him a lot of credit for reinventing himself,” Simms said. “He showed me he’s capable of adapting and changing… we’re seeing that Trubisky is very good in this style of offense.

“I think if Matt Nagy says, ‘I’m going to build on what we did here at the end of the year,’ and ‘Hey, I might even bring in another guy that has more of a background in that type of underneath the center, run-type offense.’”

In that case, Simms is even more comfortable bringing Trubisky back to start.

Over the last three weeks, Nagy’s changes certainly seem to be working for Trubisky. His completion percentage from Week 13 on is 73.8%, up from 59.3% over his first three starts. Similarly, his passing yardage has jumped from 186.7 yards/game over his first three starts, to 245.3 yards/game over the last three starts.

“Yeah, it’s not going to win an NFL MVP, but it can win football games,” Simms said. “He can be damned good.”

All that said, the season’s not over yet. Just as quickly as things shifted for the Bears’ offense, they can shift back.

“Of course these last two weeks are going to be a part of the evaluation process as well,” Simms said. “But this past offseason should have taught us something with the Bears. I understand wanting to change the quarterback. If you think maybe there’s one out there who you’re definitely going to get, and you think there’s no doubt that he’s better, and this is the guy and I got him, ok then make the change.

“But don’t get rid of Mitchell Trubisky and then go, ‘Let’s figure out who’s out there.’ Then all of sudden it’s Nick Foles as the quarterback again? No! That can’t happen. Nor is it worth, to me, ditching Trubisky if you’re going to play this style of offense for another Nick Foles-type of guy. ‘Oh, we think he’s good, but we’re not sure, I don’t know.’

“Again, it’s just not that easy to build one of these teams you’ve got in Chicago right now. It’s not far off. Man, I think if I’m in Chicago I’m bringing everybody back, and we’re just going to try to play like we played at the end of the year. Improve our team a little through free agency and we’ll take our chances with that.

“The grass isn’t always greener.”