Is Trubisky a better option than Foles? Nagy says he’s weighing that during the bye week. | For the Sun-Times
It’s a six-game sprint for the 5-5 Bears and they’ll need a strong finish to sneak into the playoffs
The bye week gives the Bears their last chance to reset and gear up for one last charge at the playoffs. Plenty of people throughout the organization, including general manager Ryan Pace, coach Matt Nagy and several players, have a lot riding on how the Bears finish their season.
Here’s a look at six key questions facing them:
Should the Bears start Nick Foles or Mitch Trubisky against the Packers?
It’s time to go back to Trubisky, not because he’s better but because he’s more versatile. His running ability gives the Bears a valuable option to work around their struggling offensive line and pitiful running game. In his best season, 2018, Trubisky ran 68 times for 421 yards. If he can give the Bears 30-40 yards per game, it would make a big difference to the worst ground game in the NFL.
Will Bill Lazor call plays the rest of the season?
Yes, but Nagy will return next season. It’d be too flaky for Nagy to take back play calling in the final six games after publicly giving it to Lazor. He said Monday he will give Lazor at least the Green Bay game, giving him the full benefit of the bye week. Ultimately, though, it won’t matter much unless Lazor knows how to instantly fix the Bears’ problems on the offensive line and at quarterback.
When will the Bears’ losing streak end?
They way they’ve looked lately, there’s a chance it could last until Week 16 at the Jaguars. It’s hard to bet on any game as an automatic win for the Bears right now, but maybe they’ll slide past the Lions again after the Green Bay game.
Their biggest problem, beside the quarterback, is:
There’s no plan to fix the offense. There are very few players on offense the Bears should want to retain, so a full rebuild is necessary. But they’re locked into several players, including Foles, tight end Jimmy Graham and left tackle Charles Leno, because of ill-advised contracts. They don’t have enough draft capital or salary-cap space to fully revamp the offense going into 2021.
Under what circumstance would Pace and Nagy keep their jobs in 2021?
The Bears are overdue for a change at general manager, so there’s almost no outcome that should save Pace’s job. That move would’ve been justified a year ago. He has done tremendous work on defense, but has more than offset that with terrible decisions on offense. With so much to correct offensively, including the need for a new quarterback, there’s no way that job can be left in Pace’s hands.
Nagy has shown promise and might eventually be a great coach, but it’s bad business to force a new general manager to keep the incumbent coach. If Nagy can extract a winning season from this flawed roster, he would deserve to stay, …read more
Source:: Chicago Sun Times