Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy has clarified that he will name the team’s starting quarterback early next week. Late last week, it atppeared that the Bears won't name their starting quarterback until the opener against the Detroit Lions.
"That won't be happening before that game," Nagy said late last week. "For us, we like where they are at, but that's an internal question for our coaches. That's more gamesmanship than anything. But we know there can definitely be improvement for both of them.
They are making good decisions. There are times they are making good throws. There are times they are making throws they'd like to have back. "I'll put it this way: Intentionally, I'm not going to give you any direction right now."
A few days later, Nagy admitted he wasn't fully clear with his previous statement. "I guess I misinterpreted what I meant by that," Nagy said during a video call. "What I meant by that, to keep it real simple, was that there was not going to be a quarterback named this week that we're in right now, up until that first week.
So I apologize if I made that gray. But there will be no waiting until the middle of the week or the end of the week for that to happen. That wouldn't be fair to our team and it wouldn't be fair to the quarterbacks."
Nagy will likely name the starter between Monday and Wednesday next week
Mitch Trubisky, the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, played poorly last year as the Bears went 8-8 and missed out on the playoffs. The Bears declined to move on from Trubisky this offseason but brought in 2017 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to be a competition for Trubisky.
Trubisky led the Bears to a 12-4 record in 2018 but failed to perform at a high level last year. Nagy says the battle for the starting quarterback position is still open. "Honestly, we don't know that," Nagy said.
"But it would be in that time frame in there somewhere. You will know by the time most teams usually know. We're not hiding anything. We're going through for us this whole process and we don't even know that yet, to be quite honest.
So we're talking through those situations and what's best and how to go about it. So we're just really honestly not there yet."