2020 NFL Preseason Reportedly Cut to Two Games

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2020 NFL Preseason Reportedly Cut to Two Games

Chicago Bears

For those of you who have been asking for a shorter preseason, your request has been granted.

Although, I don’t imagine this is how you wanted it to happen.

News from Pro Football Talk:

No Bears-Browns and no Bears-Titans … the NFL’s preseason schedule is being trimmed from four games to two, per a PFT source.

This isn’t much of a surprise. In early June, reports surfaced that the league’s preseason schedule could be shortened to two games. More recently, the league shared plans to start its training camp on time at the end of July, but doing so in a way that left the number of preseason games yet to be determined. A July 28 start meant a quick turnaround between camp openings and the first preseason games. Now we have word that the 2020 preseason has been cut in half, and – from a purely strategic perspective (I know there are legitimate, understandable health reasons) – I don’t think that’s great news for the Bears.

Head Coach Matt Nagy was slated to use the preseason to figure out whether Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky was going to be the team’s starting quarterback in Week 1. By all accounts, this is set to be a true open competition between Foles (who has familiarity with the offense better and has performed better within its confines and on bigger stages, to boot) and Trubisky (who has more experience with this collection of playmakers and with the terminology within this specific scheme). And frankly, I think Trubisky could’ve used the work. As I have written before, watching this play out in preseason games was going to be THE THING to watch this summer. But it wasn’t going to be the only thing.

Remember that there are important camp competitions at the starting right guard, behind Allen Robinson, Ted Ginn Jr., and Anthony Miller at wide receiver, and the collection of reserve tight ends behind Jimmy Graham and Cole Kmet. This should not be lost in the shuffle. Because what happens at those positions could impact who ends up starting at quarterback (and vice versa).

Without preseason games to help the powers that be make an informed decision on the summertime battles at hand, it looks like Nagy will have to kick it up a notch on the creativity scale in order to figure out what will happen at QB (and elsewhere).

UPDATE: The NFLPA has yet to officially sign off on such a decision:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.