If you were waiting for the Chicago Bears to make a grand proclamation regarding the winner of its quarterback competition, then I hope you have a ton of patience.
The saga continues:
Coach Nagy says Bears starting QB will not be announced prior to season opener vs the Lions.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 29, 2020
Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy says he won’t publicly name a starting quarterback before the team plays the Lions Week 1.
For what it’s worth, it sounds like whichever quarterback gets the call will know. And so will the team. Presumably, that player will receive the entire share of practice reps leading into the season-opener in Detroit. However, the Bears maintain they will keep it under wraps until Week 1 begins. From a strategic standpoint, that makes sense. Come to a decision internally, then use that edge (however small) to start preparing for the Lions.
Clearly, there is some gamesmanship going on here. And honestly, I can dig it.
Make the Lions sweat it out a little. Force them prepare for Trubisky, who has a career passer rating of 106.3 and 11 touchdown passes in five games against Detroit. Then make sure they have to gear up for Foles. Sure, he hasn’t played a game against the franchise since December 2013. However, Foles famously shredded Matt Patricia’s defense to the tune of 373 passing yards, 3 TDs, and a 106.1 passer rating in Super Bowl LII. That counts for something … right?
Heck, when given those numbers, Detroit better start its preparations (for both) now.