Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky said he was "caught off guard" when Nick Foles took over him in the starting lineup and admitted that being benched "sucked." In Week 3, Trubisky struggled against the Atlanta Falcons so head coach Matt Nagy benched him for Foles -- who then orchestrated a big fourth quarter comeback as the Bears scored 20 unanswered points to win 30-26 and improve to 3-0 at the time.
"More than anything, I was caught off guard [when I got benched]," Trubisky said, per ESPN. "I think at the beginning of the season I was just starting to build some momentum, and then it kind of felt like a blind side, and then I had to embrace a new role.
"The first couple days, it sucked being in that role, but I was trying to just continue to keep perspective and think long term. I want to play in this league a long time, and if I want to do that, there are things that I just need to continue to get better at.
At that point, I just changed my mindset to embrace practice. I was doing my job on the scout team, just trying to give the defense a good look, taking a lot of pride in that and preparing them for weeks, and the defense has been playing really, really well.
And I feel like I was a part of that, being on the scout team and just leading those guys on scout team and giving them good looks. "It was tough, it was an adjustment, but I was always hopeful for another opportunity."
Trubisky gets another opportunity
Foles has spent the entire week rehabbing a hip injury and he is officially listed as questionable for this week's game against the Green Bay Packers. Bears coach Nagy has announced that Trubisky will be the team's starting quarterback when they meet the Packers on Sunday Night Football.
"Right now, we're excited. Mitch is ready," Nagy said. "This is an opportunity for him." But Nagy declined to commit to either Trubisky or Foles going forward. "As far as next week or following weeks, it's hard for me to predict that right now, just because I think the fairest thing for both guys is to just worry and focus for Green Bay," Nagy said.
"And I mean that. ... We really have to focus on Mitch as the starter for Green Bay."