Bears head coach Matt Nagy confirmed the obvious on Monday: Nick Foles will be the team’s starting quarterback next week against the Colts.
Foles took over under center in the third quarter of the Bears’ matchup against the Falcons on Sunday, replacing Mitchell Trubisky as the team’s quarterback. Down 26-10 heading into the fourth quarter, Foles helped orchestrate a 20-point comeback that saw the Bears improve to 3-0 on the season. He finished the afternoon 16-for-29 with 188 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
The move is far from surprising, as Trubisky’s benching combined with Foles’ performance indicated that the starting quarterback job will be Foles’ to lose from here on out. While Trubisky didn’t play poorly enough to prevent the Bears from winning their first two games, he didn’t show enough improvement to warrant being the team’s long-term starting option, and it appears they saw their deficit against the Falcons as the right time to make a quarterback change.
Foles will begin his tenure as the Bears’ full-time starting quarterback against a Colts defense that has allowed just 18 points and has forced six turnovers in the past two games. The game will serve as the former Super Bowl MVP’s 49th game as a starting quarterback in his nine-year career.