Polling place

With steve green­berg

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - sgreen­berg@sun­times.com @slgreen­berg

Any mo­ment now, Bears coach Matt Nagy will con­firm what we learned Fri­day: Mitch Tru­bisky will be the team’s start­ing quar­ter­back for the Sept. 13 sea­son opener at the Lions.

It’s news that’s go­ing over with all the un­bri­dled ex­cite­ment of a den­tal di­ag­no­sis.

In­cum­bent Mitch Tru­bisky or vet­eran new­comer Nick Foles? It was the pa­per-or-plas­tic of QB de­ci­sions. Or, to stick with the ear­lier metaphor, the den­tures-or-bridges of QB de­ci­sions.

Tru­bisky or Foles? It had to be one of them. For this week’s “Polling Place,” your home for Sun-Times sports polls on Twit­ter, we asked vot­ers which guy they were root­ing for to get the nod. Not sur­pris­ingly, the vot­ing was pretty much dead even. That re­flects a train­ing-camp com­pe­ti­tion that was pretty much dead even, and not be­cause both passers lit things up.

This is not just about the opener in Detroit. Whom would you rather see tak­ing the big snaps this sea­son?

“Y’all crazy, this shouldn’t be close,” wrote @EdChiSox. “Tru­bisky has proven time and time again he’s not a fran­chise quar­ter­back.”

It’s un­de­ni­ably true that Tru­bisky, with three sea­sons un­der his belt in the NFL, has been less than what met gen­eral man­ager Ryan Pace’s eye. So why are we even talk­ing about this? It should have been for­mer Su­per Bowl win­ner Foles, right?

Not nec­es­sar­ily.

“We know Mitch,” @nown4my­d­u­al­ity1 wrote. “There is a com­fort­able chem­istry there re­gard­less of how shaky the re­la­tion­ship has been.”

Well, sure, the Bears have been Tru­bisky’s team, in­so­far as a team can be­long to a sub­par QB known as much for his deer-in-the­head­lights looks as his more foot­ball-friendly phys­i­cal at­tributes. Foles was so bad in Jack­sonville, peo­ple there are laugh­ing at us for tak­ing him. And they’re Jaguars fans. This was a tough call.

“It’s funny how the fans are as di­vided and un­sure as the coaches are,” @man­u­althe­crow of­fered.

That they are; the vote was aw­fully close. On to the polls:

Nick Foles Ryan Pace Mitch Tru­bisky

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