Another week. Another loss. And another moment in which Matt Nagy finds himself searching for answers.
Last week, Nagy finally ceded play-calling duties to Bill Lazor. In doing so, Nagy said he believed he was doing the right thing for a Bears offense that was slumping, struggling, and down-right bad. As it turns out, that might not be the only major change Nagy makes.
Mitchell Trubisky’s return to the starting lineup could be on the horizon:
Asked about switching back to Mitchell Trubisky, Nagy said: "When you lose four in a row, everything's on the table." Key factor is that both are dealing with injuries.
— Larry Mayer (@LarryMayer) November 17, 2020
When you lose four in a row, everything’s on the table.
And with that, Nagy gave his first indication that the Bears would consider starting Trubisky when the team returns from the bye in 12 days. Obviously, both players need to be healthy before that conversation needs to be had in full. Trubisky is nursing an injured throwing shoulder, and Foles was injured late in the fourth quarter on Monday. But that we’re discussing it now says all we need to know about the quarterback situation.
Trubisky’s years of inconsistency made it apparent that he wasn’t the long-term answer for this franchise as constructed. But Foles’ streakiness, inconsistency, and inability to execute within the parameters of the offense, plus his mobility limitations raise questions regarding his own short-term value. Altogether, it has opened a back door for Trubisky’s return.
Ultimately, it might not matter. There is no magic bullet cure that fixes this offense over the bye week. The holes along the offensive line still exist. Scheme and play calls are still highly questionable. Playmakers aren’t getting opportunities for explosive plays. And the ones who do aren’t operating in enough space to make the most of said opportunities. In other words, Trubisky isn’t walking through that tunnel and making this better. But I suppose there’s no harm in trying.