Here’s where Bears QBs Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Foles ranked in 2020

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Alyssa Barbieri
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NFL.com ranked each of the 59 quarterbacks that started a game in 2020, and it’s not a surprise that both Chicago Bears quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles ranked outside of the top 30.

Trubisky was the highest-ranked Bears quarterback on this list, which isn’t saying much. Especially considering he landed at No. 31 on the list.

Is it weird that I’m kind of high on Trubisky coming off a season in which he temporarily lost his job to Nick Foles? Yes, it is — but even taking into account the playoff loss that served as the umpteenth reminder of Trubisky’s limitations, the relatively strong close to his regular season heading into free agency provided glimpses of a potential future as an extreme post-hype sleeper capable of competent play in the right situation, either as a season-saving backup or placeholding starter with upside.

While Trubisky was benched back in Week 3, his return in Week 12 kickstarted a dormant Bears offense that found success against some bad defenses down the stretch. Chicago posted 30-plus points in four straight games, which was quite the accomplishment given the offense struggled to score any points when Foles was under center.

But Trubisky certainly had some help in the form of better offensive line play, a run game and the offensive coaches accepting his input down the stretch. Still, Trubisky reverted to some of his familiar bad habits, including those boneheaded mistakes late in games. At this point, it feels like it’s best for Trubisky and the Bears to part ways.

Foles, on the other hand, ranked 40th among 59 different starting quarterbacks, where names like John Wolford, Mike Glennon and Jeff Driskel were the ones below him.

Once billed as the savior, Foles nearly destroyed the Bears’ playoff hopes after replacing Mitchell Trubisky in the starting lineup. He went 2-5 in seven starts and turned the ball over at least once in all but one of those games.

The Bears traded for Foles last offseason banking on the hope that he could lead Matt Nagy’s offense in a way that Trubisky couldn’t. Ultimately, neither Trubisky nor Foles could operate that offense.

Foles did have an impressive game coming off the bench in place of Trubisky in Week 3, but outside of that he was a disappointment in his seven starts with a 2-5 record.

But the Foles’ signing proved to be another quarterback mistake by general manager Ryan Pace, who shelled out a fourth-round pick and $21 million guaranteed for Foles.

While Foles is the only quarterback under contract for the Bears in 2021, he’s certainly not the answer. So barring a trade, Chicago is stuck with him.

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