Race to QB1: Foles, Trubisky Staying Busy
The Bears’ quarterback job is wide open and both players are staying prepared.
It should be well known at this point that Chicago Bears quarterbacks Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky have a battle in front of them. In fact, both head coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace have been incredibly vocal about such in media appearances all offseason, with Nagy sticking to his guns, stating it is an ‘open competition’ for the starting quarterback position.
While some can point to Nick Foles’ resume as a Super Bowl Champion/MVP, it can also be noted that he lost his job last season to Gardner Minshew and has shown inconsistencies over his career. On the flip side, Mitchell Trubisky can be praised for his work in 2018 and fits the mold of the more modern NFL quarterback. However, he can also be loathed for his 2019 performance and inability to live up to his top-three selection. While we might not know who has the edge, we can look at what both players have been up to this off-season to prepare for one of the most highly anticipated quarterback competitions in the NFL.
Considered by many as the ‘underdog’ in the competition, Mitchell has kept a relatively low profile this off-season, staying almost completely silent on social media. Don’t mistake that for laziness, however, as Bears teammate Allen Robinson recently shared in an interview that he has been working out with Mitchell four times a week. Robinson and Trubisky have built quite the chemistry, with Allen setting a career high mark in targets last season with 154. While that doesn’t prove that Foles can’t match that level of production with Robinson, it shouldn’t be ignored as a possible factor heading into training camp. Matt Nagy seems to be a fan of the two working together as well.
A man of faith, Nick Foles has no shortage of motivation when it comes to handling adversity and that might be his greatest strength going into camp. In an interview with former Bears quarterback Chase Daniel, Foles discussed his offseason program which includes a 9.18 mile run, 3300 yard swim and hour and a half long bike ride. While he admittedly doesn’t keep up at this pace all offseason, Foles did say he tries to workout ‘at least an hour, five times a week.’ With Covid-19 causing travel issues around the nation, Nick has been at a disadvantage when it comes to working with his new teammates. While this may be a factor early in the competition, Foles’ familiarity with Matt Nagy’s system will keep him very much involved with the process and he should be able to hit the ground running once team activities begin.