After suggesting that an announcement regarding the starting quarterback position wouldn’t come before the season-opener against the Lions, Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy clarified his comments.
“What I meant by that, to keep it real simple, was that there was not going to be a quarterback named this week that we’re in right now,” Nagy explained during a Monday conference call with reporters. “I apologize if I made that gray. There will be no waiting until the middle of the week, or the end of the week for that to happen. That wouldn’t be fair to our team, and it wouldn’t be fair to the quarterbacks.”
Previously, Nagy told reporters an announcement before the lid-lifter in Detroit wasn’t in the works. There was certainly some gamesmanship in Nagy’s original sentiment. After all, there isn’t a coach who wouldn’t throw a misdirection play if given the opportunity. And it’s worth noting that Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles have performed admirably against Matt Patricia’s defense in recent years. So with that in mind, I understand why Nagy and the Bears wanted to play coy. It’s just that it would’ve been impossible to keep it under wraps for that long.
Figuring out who will quarterback the Bears in Week 1 is still to be decided. But at least we’re closer to pinning down when a decision will come down. QB1 traditionally speaks to the media on Wednesdays at Halas Hall during game week. So perhaps we can circle Sept. 9 as the latest date we’ll find out which quarterback will get the call. But it’s likely the starter will be publicly installed on the Monday of game week. So at least we have that to look forward to in six days.
For more from Nagy, check out the video embedded below: