In their second full season under head coach Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears finished with an 8-7 record. They started off the year with a positive 3-1 record but went on to lose their next five matches. They bounced back with a 4-1 record after that to ensure that they finished the season on a positive note.
One of the talking points last year was the performance of starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The 25-year old quarterback registered 3,138 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns against 10 interceptions over the course of the 2019 season. The Bears also moved quickly in the offseason to secure the signature of Super Bowl LII MVP – Nick Foles.
Who will Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy go with – Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles?
Which QB room would you like inside access to in 2020:
Bears OR Packers?
"We don't see many true QB competitions anymore." pic.twitter.com/RB68qzReBQ
— GMFB (@gmfb) July 31, 2020
For a long time now, the Bears have relied on their defense to help them stay afloat in the NFL. Star player Khalil Mack signed a big-money contract when he joined in 2018. Back then, Mack was the highest-paid defensive player in the league.
After his arrival, the Bears had their first winning season since 2012 with Mack and Trubisky both making the Pro Bowl team that year. However, Trubisky failed to live up to those standards in 2019. He is entering the final year of his contract and will be eager to stamp his authority on what will be a make-or-break season for him.
Meanwhile, former Jacksonville Jaguars man Nick Foles is not the same player he was back in 2017. He led the Eagles to a memorable Super Bowl title back then before earning an $88 million move to Jacksonville Jaguars. However, things have not gone as planned for him. Foles endured a below-par outing with the Jaguars last year. He just started four games for them and was traded to Chicago Bears for a fourth-round pick.
Coach Matt Nagy has previously said that both quarterbacks will have to fight for a starting role this year.
“We need to be creative within these drills and make sure the time that’s given us to practice, that we’re using it as much as we can with competitive periods. It’s hard to do that in walkthroughs. It’s hard to do that in meetings, even if they’re in person.
“But when we get a chance to go out there, we’re evaluating those quarterbacks every single play. Not just throw, but every single check that they make at the line of scrimmage, every bit of leadership that they show in and out of the huddle, we’re watching how they react to a specific play in practice,” Nagy told the team’s official website.
Nick Foles says he's not focused on "winning" QB competition, just playing his best.
"I'm not keeping secrets from Mitch. I want to help him…if he makes a great throw, I'll be right there to slap him five & they’ll probably have to sanitize our hands, but I'm going to do it."
— Josh Frydman (@Josh_Frydman) July 31, 2020
SOURCE: Chicago Bears