With steve greenberg
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?
“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:
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