With the quarterbacks set to report to training camps across the NFL this morning, we wanted to save our QB-centric question from our latest WCG round table for today.
Going into camp, do you think either Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles has an edge in the QB competition, and if so why?
We all know that Mitch is getting the first crack at lining up with the ones, but a lot can happen between today and kickoff weekend. Each player will have an opportunity to shine or falter and may the best man win.
Here’s how a few of us have it right now.
I may be in the minority but I do think it’s Mitch. Mitch is going to get every single chance he can to win this competition. The future of the organization depends on it. That’s why they went for Foles over Cam or another player that would’ve been The Guy from the get-go. As you no doubt have heard ad nauseum, Foles has never started more than 13 games in a season and has most often been an in-season replacement. It’s his game. Mitch has always aced practice, it’s the games that have been tough. I think Mitch is going to get September to cement himself, if he can’t, then it’s onto Foles.
Mitch has the advantage due to no pre-season, but if Nick out plays Mitch drastically he will get the nod. We are going to see both QB’s in 2020, injuries or no.
Mitchell Trubisky looks like the incumbent, and I would be surprised if Foles takes his job in camp. Perhaps it could have happened in the pre-season, but I can’t help but think the Bears were watching what the Titans put together last year and are thinking they could try to keep Foles as a in-case-of-emergency-break-glass quarterback. Unfortunately, if they don’t just name a starter and stick with them, we could have a Dolphins-like crisis on our hands.
Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter
On paper, Nick Foles has a pretty big advantage if the Bears’ coaching staff is preferring a QB who will be effective in executing the plays. However, Mitchell Trubisky has his own advantage as a far more versatile and athletic player who allows the coaching staff to open up their playbook further. Plus, due to the current situation involving COVID-19, Trubisky’s chemistry with his receivers is key in solving the Bears’ issues on offense.
This is, still, a toss-up for me. That being said, I currently have a slim 51/49 edge to Mitchell Trubisky on being the day one starter at QB. I feel OC Bill Lazor and QB coach John DeFilippo will help refine Mitchel Trubisky’s mechanics and fundamentals just enough to keep him in the starting lineup. But, if Trubisky doesn’t show any progress in training camp, then Nick Foles will win the job.
Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.
At some point Foles’ cerebral approach to quarterbacking will make the Bears coaches stand up and say, ‘that’s why we went out and got him,’ so it’ll be up to Trubisky to take the mental aspect of his game to place it’s never been before. He has to know the offense inside and out and be able to execute the little things flawlessly, because just being a better athlete isn’t going to cut it in today’s NFL.
Trubisky will start as the QB1, but as soon as the coaches see the “it” that they want to see from Foles, they’ll officially make the move.
My opinion on the pending QB battle hasn’t changed since the Bears traded for Foles. I would love to see Trubisky win the job and thrive, and to prove why he was the number two overall pick in the NFL Draft, but based on the step back he took in 2019 I don’t see him bearing out Foles.
Now it’s your turn...