For the first time since training camp opened for the Chicago Bears, they were actually on the field at Halas Hall doing some real honest to goodness football stuff. Since the veterans reported a week ago it was only strength and conditioning and walk-troughs for them, but not today.
Today was the first time the quarterbacks got to throw the ball to their receivers, so the question on everyone’s mind is clearly, ‘Which quarterback is leading the competition?’
“When we start getting into competitive periods and the defense is on the other side, I’ll be able to better answer that question for you,” head coach Matt Nagy said after practice. “These guys are out here throwing the football, they’re getting their timing down, they’re understanding what they need to do with ball-handling. We’re looking at that, but again, the evaluation process that we’re all trying to watch and look for and search for really isn’t going to start until you put some people on the other side.”
The Bears can’t do any offense vs defense team drills like 7 on 7 until Friday, but even then we won’t know if it’s Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles leading the way at quarterback.
Nagy said that after one day he “thought the timing of the quarterbacks looked pretty good,” and that their footwork was on point, and they understood where to get things lined up pre-snap.
It’ll be a work in progress before the Bears get around to naming a starter for their first game, which is currently scheduled for September 13 against the Lions, but Nagy did assure the media today that as soon as they know who wins the job, he’ll pass that info along.
The competition has no timetable.
“That for us is going to be fluid,” said the Bears coach. “And when I say that, we’ve got to be able to see, ‘OK, if we need to sneak more competitive periods in’ because we feel like we’re not getting enough, where things are gray, we’ll do that. As far as the timeline of that, we’ll get together offensively as coaches, we’ll talk through everything, and we’ll decide what we think is best in regard to communication to the quarterbacks and then communication as to how we want to handle it with our team.”
There are a lot of things that can happen in the next month, so looking for winner in the quarterback situation after each day will prove to be a fruitless endeavor.
But we’ll still bring you guys some pertinent news if it breaks!