LAKE FOREST – An unusual Bears’ season officially had another major moment on Friday afternoon, when the expected move by head coach Matt Nagy was made at the quarterback position.
It was a decisions that was made for him ahead of the team’s Sunday night game with the Packers.
Mitchell Trubisky is once again the starter, just as he was for the first three weeks of the season, as Nick Foles remains hampered by a hip injury suffered late in the Bears’ loss to the Vikings on November 16th.
He remains doubtful for Sunday, which means that the fourth-year quarterback will get one more chance to show his skills one more time this season and perhaps his Bears career. Trubisky is entering the final part of his initial four-year contract with the Bears that expires at the conclusion of this season.
During his news conference, Nagy said the decision to start Trubisky applies only to this Week 12 game at Lambeau Field and not a permanent move. This is different than Nagy’s decision back in September, when Foles was named the starter moving forward with no consideration to start Trubisky again at that point.
In his first two-and-a-half games of the season, the second-overall pick of the 2017 draft completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 560 yards and six touchdowns compared to three interceptions. They were roller coaster performances, with Trubisky playing erratically through three quarters in the opener against Detroit but throwing three touchdowns late to get the Bears a 27-24 win.
Things were reversed the next week when the quarterback threw two first half touchdowns against the Giants at Soldier Field. That helped build a 17-0 lead but his two interceptions and a stalled offense helped New York rally, with the Bears holding on for a four-point win.
In Week 3 against the Falcons, Trubisky was pulled after a third quarter interception for Foles. He’d throw three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Bears to a win in Atlanta, but that’s as good as it’s gotten for Foles.
The Bears’ offense has struggled with the veteran signal caller at the helm, ranking 31st in points and yardage in the NFL. It’s possible that Trubisky would have replaced Foles even without the injury, but that decision was taken out of Nagy’s hands for the moment.