Nick Foles earns Bears new starting quarterback role

Josh Purnell, Courier Staff

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy announced on Monday that Nick Foles will be the starting quarterback against the Indianapolis Colts.

“He’s [Foles] our starter moving forward,” Nagy said on a zoom call.

Foles replaced Mitchell Trubisky, whom Nagy benched in the third quarter after throwing an interception while down by a margin of 16 points against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Foles went into the game throwing for 188 yards and three touchdowns passes, including the 28-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller that put the Bears up 30-26 with a victory.

“We got up this morning and went through the tape, and at the end of it we decided that we’re going to start Foles as a starter against Indianapolis,” Nagy said. “Even as hard as that was for Mitch to be told that Nick’s going to go in and play, Mitch was to his credit just an awesome supporter of Nick the rest of that game.”

Trubisky went 13 for 22 with 128 passing yards and one touchdown and one interception. Also, had a huge 45 yard run. The Bears offense was 1-8 on third down with many of Trubisky’s passes being overthrown.

It was quite a surprise that Trubisky was taken out of the game. The previous game against the New York Giants, Trubisky threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He also had four carries for 16 yards and the Bears beat the Giants 17-13. Their first game of the season against the Detroit Lions, Trubisky rallied the team together, throwing three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and completing a 27-23 comeback victory. So, it could have been possible that Trubisky could have had another performance like he had against the Lions. Nagy clearly thought differently.

“The situation sucked, but it was just the flow of the game and how it happened and the coach made the decision that he felt was best for the team,” Trubisky said Sunday. “I’m really happy for this team. They battled back and it was awesome to get a W, but it sucks to get news like that.”

Trubisky, since the day he was drafted by the Bears in the 2017 NFL Draft, has been criticized by the fans and the media. He will always be compared to Pat Mahomes and Deshaun Watson simply because they all were in the same draft class. Many people believe Mahomes and Waston are better than him now and were better than him on the day of the draft. Both Mahomes and Watson signed an extended contract with their team. They are two franchise players who will be starting quarterback for their team for the next 10 years or so. While Trubisky, on the other hand, has not sat down with Bears management and discussed his future with the Bears. This is his last year on his rookie contract and getting benched early in the season is not looking too good for him.

People can say what they want about Trubisky, but props to him, he has been able to block out the noise around him and focus on his game. The results aren’t always what you expect but players and coaches say all the time that he is one of the hardest working players on the team.

Bears play at home at Soldier Field against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Oct. 4 at noon.