Bears' Matt Nagy: Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles QB Competition Won't Start on ZoomMay 16, 2020
The quarterback competition between Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky will have to wait until the Chicago Bears can physically take the field.
"There's no competition going on right now over Zoom," Bears head coach Matt Nagy said Friday, per JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago.
Nagy still plans on giving Trubisky the first snap with the starters in training camp, though that may not mean much by the time Week 1 rolls around.
However, Nagy sounded encouraged by the steps Trubisky has taken in learning the playbook after being challenged to know it better than anyone, per Stankevitz:
"Mitch, in the previous two years he's learning how to play the quarterback position. That doesn't always mean on the field, that means off the field — watching tape, what notes do you take, what's your schedule going to be? Right? How do you accept coaching? How do you give feedback? And all of that stuff has been going on right now has been going on in different ways. So what we'll do, when we're allowed, we get together and we'll talk through some of the summary of we just talked about — with the details of plays, with his scheduling, etc. — and I can see he's starting to create his own way, his own habits."
Though Nagy is giving the 25-year-old quarterback support publicly, it's easy to see the team's waning confidence in the 2017 No. 2 overall pick.
On March 31, the team acquired Foles from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a fourth-round selection in the 2020 NFL draft. Then on May 2, Chicago declined the fifth-year option on Trubisky's rookie contract.
His time isn't over yet—and the battle for his job has hardly begun—but the Bears are clearly ready to move on if needed. It'll be Trubisky's job to convince them otherwise. Just not on Zoom.