Why Trubisky's success vs. DET didn't matter in QB call originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Mitch Trubisky’s played like a guy worthy of the No. 2 overall pick over the last two years…when playing the Detroit Lions.
His numbers are eye-popping: 68/91 (75 percent), 866 yards (9.5 yards/attempt), 9 TDs, 1 INT and a passer rating of 132.4. The Bears, of course, can’t play the Lions every week – but they do play them to begin the 2020 season.
So did the luck of the NFL’s scheduling matrix factor into Matt Nagy’s decision to name Trubisky the winner of the Bears’ quarterback competition?
“The play in Detroit had nothing to do with the decision for us,” Nagy said. “This is something that has a lot more to do (with) than that first game.”
Nagy picked Trubisky over Nick Foles because he saw Trubisky have a better training camp than Foles. While Nagy said last week there was no “clear-cut” winner of the competition, it stands to reason that a tie would go to the incumbent.
The goal was not to pick a QB1 for Week 1, it was to pick a QB1 for the whole season – even if a lot of Bears fans reading this sentence probably expect Foles to come off the bench for Trubisky at some point in 2020.
But Trubisky’s past success against Detroit will impact the Bears’ quarterback situation, even if Nagy said it wasn’t a factor in the competition.
Because if Trubisky struggles in Week 1 against a team he’s torched in years past, it’d make sense if Nagy’s patience with him were tested. If Trubisky can’t do it against Detroit, why would he be able to do it against some of the better defenses on the Bears’ schedule?
It’s a question the Bears hope we’re not asking a week from when you’re reading this. Given Trubisky’s history against the Lions, we probably won’t.
But if we are? The clock might already be ticking on Trubisky’s time as the Bears’ starting quarterback.