Bears general manager Ryan Pace – for whatever reason – started the off-season by insisting that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was their starter.
Now that they’ve traded for Nick Foles, the line of business has changed.
At a press conference this morning, Pace and his trainer Matt Nagy changed their music considerably.
“With the addition of Nick Foles, that’s exactly what we’ve been talking about from the start – we want to create competition,” said Pace. “We talked to the two players and it’s an open contest. “
An open competition between a former Super Bowl MVP (whom Nagy called “a special person”) and the rapidly declining Trubisky may not last long. The Bears were careful not to commit to choosing the fifth year option from the old No. 2 overall choice, tacitly acknowledging some remorse for having traded four things to go up one point to take Trubisky, at a time when they could have had either Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson instead.
“What we’re trying to do is what’s best for the Chicago Bears,” said Nagy. “Clear and simple. “
Nagy said that he had already discussed the decision with Trubisky: “You could sense how Mitch is a competitor. He kisses her and is delighted to return to work. “
Nagy added that the competition “will be very transparent and very honest”.
If so, Trubisky could quickly become a backup.