QB OR NOT QB?

That is the ques­tion in sizing up Nick Foles and Mitch Tru­bisky as they face their big­gest test to­day in Bears’ scrim­mage

Chicago Sun-Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY PATRICK FIN­LEY, JA­SON LIESER AND MARK PO­TASH

The Bears’ scrim­mage Satur­day at Sol­dier Field will give play­ers their only look at the team’s game-day ex­pe­ri­ence, such as it is in the time of COVID-19.

More im­por­tant, it will give quar­ter­backs Mitch Tru­bisky and Nick Foles their most high-pro­file op­por­tu­ni­ties to seize the start­ing job.

Nei­ther has dis­tin­guished him­self through the first two weeks of padded prac­tices, leav­ing ob­servers with dif­fer­ent opin­ions about who is in the lead. Be­low, the Sun-Times’ Patrick Fin­ley, Ja­son Lieser and Mark Po­tash an­swer the only ques­tion that mat­ters this pre­sea­son: Who’s win­ning the start­ing quar­ter­back job as Tru­bisky and Foles pre­pare to prac­tice Satur­day?

PATRICK FIN­LEY: TRU­BISKY

The Bears claim they’re go­ing to pick the best train­ing­camp per­former.

They’ll tell any­one who will lis­ten it’s an

‘‘open com­pe­ti­tion,” painstak­ingly graded by coach Matt Nagy, of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Bill La­zor and quar­ter­backs coach John DeFilippo and dis­cussed at length in daily meet­ings.

If they truly be­lieve that, then Tru­bisky is the leader. He has been the bet­ter per­former in camp — or, per­haps more ac­cu­rately, the less poor one.

The Bears had hoped for a win­ner by knock­out rel­a­tively early in camp. Tru­bisky is win­ning a split de­ci­sion, though, and Nagy is warn­ing he’ll take as long as he can to name his starter be­cause nei­ther has proved to be dynamic on the prac­tice field.

To me, Foles has looked bet­ter than Tru­bisky dur­ing only two of the Bears’ padded prac­tices, in­clud­ing the most re­cent one open to the me­dia Wed­nes­day. It’s pos­si­ble that af­ter spend­ing the early part of the month learn­ing his team­mates’ names and the play­book, Foles only will get bet­ter. But he’s not there yet.

Tru­bisky be­gan camp with a run­ning start. He threw to team­mates at sub­ur­ban high schools through­out the off­sea­son, and Foles never did. But de­spite the talk of Tru­bisky’s mo­ti­va­tion and new ‘‘edge,’’ he hasn’t turned that early ad­van­tage into a tan­gi­ble lead dur

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Sun-Times ex­pert Ja­son Lieser says Nick Foles (left) should have the edge over Mitch Tru­bisky be­cause he has shown he can come up big in big games more than once in his ca­reer. BRIAN CASSELLA/AP

pfin­ley@sun­times.com @patrick­fin­ley

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