Mitch Trubisky has outplayed Nick Foles, putting Bears in playoff contention

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The Bears are 7-7 and only a game out of the last wild card in the NFC, something few expected just a couple weeks ago. And the much-maligned quarterback Mitchell Trubisky deserves a lot of credit for that.

Trubisky, who opened the season as the Bears’ starter, then was benched for Nick Foles, only to return to the lineup when Foles got hurt, has outplayed Foles this season.

Trubisky and Foles have each started seven games, and the Bears are 5-2 with Trubisky and 2-5 with Foles. The Bears have scored 198 points in the seven games started by Trubisky and 117 points in the seven games started by Foles. The Bears’ offense has gained 2,650 yards with Trubisky and 1,905 yards with Foles.

There are some caveats to that, namely that the Bears have played an easier schedule in the games Trubisky started than in the games Foles started. But that doesn’t explain the entire difference between Trubisky and Foles; the advanced stats that adjust for the quality of the defense faced also show Trubisky to be the better quarterback this season.

With Trubisky at the helm against the Vikings on Sunday, the Bears’ offense gained 397 yards and 23 first downs in a 33-27 win. Against that same Vikings Defense five weeks earlier, Foles started and the Bears’ offense gained just 149 yards and 10 first downs in a 19-13 loss.

If Bears coach Matt Nagy hadn’t given Trubisky such a quick hook, it’s entirely possible the Bears would have won that other game against the Vikings, and maybe another game or two as well. A game or two may prove to be the difference between the Bears making and missing the playoffs.

37 responses to “Mitch Trubisky has outplayed Nick Foles, putting Bears in playoff contention

  1. He still sucks he played a awful Minnesota team just like Houston I feel sorry for you. Bears because now y’all go bring him back next year and he not go deliver the horrible

  2. This bodes well for the Jaguars. Automatic loss here, then onto Indy for the grand prize of Trevor L.

  3. Huge mistake instituting Foles as the starter. It’s obvious Trubisky masks the deficiencies on offense and took the blame for it.

  4. And Foles’ gold strikes another victim. Unlike Wentz, Trubisky should have never been benched.

  5. The Falcons game was won by Foles, but given credit as a win for Tribusky who was NOT going to win that game. Sometimes things aren’t always what they seem to be.

  6. Foles needs a good Oline (Jags and Bears did not have that) and the ability to get the ball out quick. Mitch’s athleticism fits what this offense can do. Mitch is not the answer and Chicago would be foolish to stick with him long term. He has a bright future… as a back up or bridge QB in this league, like Foles.

  7. Bears fan I hope y’all don’t believe trubisky is good they played against the Houston Texans and the Vikings with no defense come on

  8. Never should have drafted Mitch at #2, but they did. Never should have signed Foles, but they did. Never should have benched Mitch for Foles, but they did. Mitch sometimes makes bad decisions on the field, but Nagy/Pace constantly make bad decisions off of it.

  9. Good, re-sign him for 5 years. He is similar to Cousins, shows flashes but will never carry a team like a true franchise QB should.

    Pace is tied to this draft pick so you can understand why he wants this to continue but if you were truly doing what’s best for the Bears, its time to move on.

  10. To discuss the distinction between horse poop and dog poop seems to be a pretty moot point when considering the head coach put each in the best possible position to fail.

  11. Other than that postseason Super Bowl run, Foles has been an AVERAGE QB for 90% of his career.

  12. The two QB aren’t much different. Foles won 2 of his last 5 games. Trubisky won 2 of his last 5 games.

    I doubt that the Bears will make the playoffs, but if they do with Trubisky, they will be one and done.

  13. Frank Reich was the reason why Foles and Wentz looked great….and his move to Indy is why Wentz looks so bad now.

    I hope that Indy picks up Foles. It will be a good fit for all of them.

  14. I would hope he would do okay seeing he was playing with no crowd in the stadium vs. a Vikings defense without 5 day one starters, basically playing rookies and practice squad guys.

  15. Foles is definitely smarter than most qbs in NFL. When offensive line is good, when running game is decent, when defense is above average, and when coaching is very strong… Foles is a good qb. But if all those factors are not in play he is simply a bad choice to lead a team and in the case of Chicago is inexcusably overpaid to be the wrong player. I guess the hope was that he might teach Nagy what Nagy was supposed to already know.

  16. Just a few weeks ago,Trubisky was wrongly benched,in my opinion. I’m happy for him,because the guy truly loves the game. If he only had a decent head coach…

  17. They are both bad quarterbacks. Foles’s run in the playoffs and winning the SB was a once in a million chance. That Eagles team was really good. Trubisky has been mediocre his entire career and isn’t any different today than he was two years ago. Both need to go along with Nagy and Pace. Might as well kick Phillips out as well.

  18. That’s not saying much, because Foles had his Cinderella moment with the Eagles just like Jeff Hostetler did in 1990 with the Giants.
    Hostetler got hurt a lot and went to play for the Raiders and the Redskins. He had some success, but injuries really affected him and he never got back to the Super Bowl again.
    Foles had one of the all time Cinderella moments with the Eagles, but the magic dust has gone away from him, too.
    Trubisky is either good or he is bad. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground of consistency with him.

  19. The thing about Trubisky is he is an exceptional RUNNING QB. There IS a way to use a running QB and it changes the defense which OPENS the passing lanes so the QB does not need to be able to throw like a top pocket passer.

    The past few years the GOOD NFL coaches have proven this. I dont know if he could have the record that Lamar Jackson has – and yes he cant run quite like Jackson. But he wouldn’t have to, He’d still be VERY effective in that type offense. Most defenses would NOT want to play that offense with him at QB. Mitch would be much better in that format; and the Def would be on the field less – and they are VERY good when they can play in a game like that. The Bears would clearly be better – and a hell of allot more fun to watch.

    And thats the COACH. Nagy could do much better with these players if he wasnt so arrogantly stubborn with “his” system.

  20. I don’t think people understand that there is a salary cap in this league.

    For all the people who say, “They could have had Deshaun Watson!” Imagine how bad this team would be if you had Watson making $40M and Khalil Mack making $26M.

    No one is saying Trubisky is great, but give him credit for having some big games this season. The Bears likely have a better record than 7-7 if he started the entire season.

  21. Frazier28/7 says:
    December 21, 2020 at 4:48 pm
    Good God this season cant end soon enough, we made Trubisky look competent.

    ___

    Thats every season.

  22. Anyone who thinks Trubisky should not have been benched after Game 3 did not actually watch all of those three games. Even though the Bears won those games, Trubisky was AWFUL, and deserved to be benched for how he played. Too many bad decisions.

    He still gets panicked too easily when he senses pressure. The difference lately is that Lazor understands Trubisky’s limitations and calls plays that he can succeed with. Nagy called plays that he WANTED Trubisky to be able to run, but he couldn’t.

  23. mckludge says:
    December 21, 2020 at 11:24 pm
    Anyone who thinks Trubisky should not have been benched after Game 3 did not actually watch all of those three games. Even though the Bears won those games, Trubisky was AWFUL, and deserved to be benched for how he played. Too many bad decisions.

    He still gets panicked too easily when he senses pressure. The difference lately is that Lazor understands Trubisky’s limitations and calls plays that he can succeed with. Nagy called plays that he WANTED Trubisky to be able to run, but he couldn’t.

    He should NOT have been benched. Go do some reasearch on this name…”Trent Dilfer” He went a record of 5 straight games without scoring an offensive TD. He couldn’t complete a pass not get many first downs. He was the worst QB in the NFL in 2000. He also won a superbowl that same year. He was not benched.

  24. patrickvwashington says:
    December 22, 2020 at 8:50 am

    He should NOT have been benched. Go do some reasearch on this name…”Trent Dilfer” He went a record of 5 straight games without scoring an offensive TD. He couldn’t complete a pass not get many first downs. He was the worst QB in the NFL in 2000. He also won a superbowl that same year. He was not benched.

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    Oh, I know all about Dilfer. I did some further research, and do you know who Dilfer’s backup was in 2000? Tony Banks. No, not the keyboard player from Genesis. That’s why Dilfer wasn’t benched. And the Ravens defense in 2000 was much better than the Bears current defense.

    Nick Foles was brought in specifically to replace Trubisky when he underperformed. I’m not saying Foles is the answer at QB for Chicago, but it was the right call to bring him in for Game 4.

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