Wannstedt Sees Trubisky Getting First Crack At QB

It will only be a matter of time before Nick Foles gets his chance, Dave Wannstedt says.

Mully & Haugh Show
March 26, 2020 - 3:55 pm
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(670 The Score) There will be no bigger question for the Bears in 2020 than who starts at quarterback.

Will it be incumbent Mitchell Trubisky or the newly acquired Nick Foles? 

The way former Bears coach and current football analyst Dave Wannstedt sees it, Trubisky will get the first crack at the starting job -- despite his struggles in 2019, when his 39.5 QBR was 28th out of the 30 qualifying quarterbacks in the NFL. From there, it will only be a matter of time before Foles gets his chance in Wannstedt's opinion.

"It has really put Mitch Trubisky behind the eight-ball," Wannstedt said of the Bears' addition of Foles on the Mully & Haugh Show on Wednesday morning. "And by that, I think Mitch comes out of this thing being the starter, but I think fans and media are going to be sitting there waiting for his first interception. And the first interception that he throws or the first sack-fumble that he has, they're going to be screaming for Foles, and that's going to be the end of Mitch. He is in a tough situation."

Wannstedt thought the Bears' acquisition of Foles in a trade with the Jaguars was a sensible move -- while also cautioning against expecting too much out of Foles, who led the Eagles to a Super Bowl title in February 2018. 

"The thing Nick Foles brings to the table -- which obviously a lot of quarterbacks haven't done -- is win in the big game," Wannstedt said. "If he's healthy and he's in there, everybody is going to be saying, 'Well, he was the MVP of the Super Bowl. He did it at Philly. He can do it here.' Well, it didn't happen last year in Jacksonville. So I think it's a good addition. I think it's going to give the offense a little bit of spark.

"That window of opportunity is open right now with that defense, but it's going to close. It's going to close in the next couple of years. You got to hit it now."

Listen to Wannstedt's full interview below.