Bears Fans Want Mitchell Trubisky to Replace Nick Foles After Dismal Monday Night Football Loss

A month is a long time in the NFL. On September 27, Nick Foles was hailed as the cure to the Chicago Bears' malaise as he came off the bench to replace Mitchell Trubiksy and threw three touchdowns as the Bears erased a 16-point deficit to win 30-26 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Almost exactly a month later, Foles' performance in Chicago's 24-10 loss on Monday Night Football against the Los Angeles Rams was so bad that it had Bears fans calling for him to be replaced by the very player he helped benching in the first place.

Foles completed 28 of his 40 passes for 261 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions for a rating of 66.8 as the Bears were shut out in the first and third quarter and their only touchdown was a fumble recovery that came with the team down by 21 points in the final period.

The MVP of Super Bowl LII has now thrown an interception in each of his four starts this season to go with the one he tossed when coming off the bench against the Falcons.

While interceptions have flown steadily, touchdowns have dried up for Foles, who had three against Atlanta but subsequently threw up just one touchdown pass in each of the the next three games, a run which ended against the Rams.

Both of the Bears' two losses this season have come in games Foles has started and Twitter was quick to point out Chicago may not be worse off if it reverted to type and turned to Trubisky again.

Nick Foles had 2 TDs on a sliver platter,over threw one, threw the other out of bounds. Seems to only play well and consistent against Brady. Glad I don’t have choose btw Foles and Trubisky, there is no right answer only a terrible question.

— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) October 27, 2020

Nick Foles is Ryan Fitzpatrick with a lower SAT score.

— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) October 27, 2020

Just a reminder Mitch Trubisky got benched for basically nothing and Foles has thrown 6tds and 5ints. 3 of those TDs came in garbage time vs the #Falcons.

— JJ LaPlante (@JJLaPlanteeee) October 27, 2020

Nick Foles is a right handed statue of a QB. WTF are you rolling him out to his left to give him a one-read play?

Nagy still calling plays like he has Trubisky at QB. This guy can read the field but can't move. Trubisky could move but not read the field. Adjust accordingly.

— Johnathan Wood (@Johnathan_Wood1) October 27, 2020

Yes the Bears O-line stinks and the Rams pressure up front is impressive. But I can’t remember 60 minutes where Trubisky played as poorly all night as Foles has tonight. 1st time I’ve felt the double standard is glaring.

— Hub Arkush (@Hub_Arkush) October 27, 2020

Mitch Foles. Nick Trubisky.

— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) October 27, 2020

Trubisky has been the elephant in the room for the Bears, since they traded up to select the North Carolina quarterback with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, passing on Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.

The former was named MVP in his first season as a starter and led the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl title in 50 years in February, while the latter has led the Houston Texans to a combined 21-11 record and two consecutive playoff appearances after recovering from a serious knee injury that prematurely curtailed his rookie season.

The Bears, meanwhile, reached the playoffs just once in Trubisky's three seasons as starter and his future looked in jeopardy when the franchise traded for Foles in the offseason.

Trubisky, however, retained the starting spot for the first three weeks of the season, leading Chicago to a 3-0 start before finding himself benched when the Bears trailed the Falcons by 16 points in the third quarter in Week 4.

A look at their respective stats lines, illustrates why neither Trubisky nor Foles may be the solution Bears head coach Matt Nagy needs.

Foles averages 227.8 passing yards per game at an average of 5.9 yards per attempt, with a completion rate of 64.1 percent.

Trubisky, meanwhile, averaged 186.7 yards per game with a completion percentage of 59.3 and an average of 6.5 yards per attempt. Both quarterbacks threw six touchdowns, with Foles tossing six interceptions to Trubisky's three.

To compound matters, Monday Night Football color commentator Brian Griese suggested that Foles deliberately ignored some of the offensive plays called by head coach Matt Nagy because he knows the Bears' frail offensive line won't give him enough time to execute the call.

Foles was sacked four times by a Rams defense that harassed him throughout the night and he averages two sacks per start.

"We were talking to Nick Foles yesterday. And he said, 'Sometimes play calls come in, and I know that I don't have time to execute that play call,'" Griese said during the telecast.

"'And I'm the one out here getting hit, and sometimes the guy calling the plays, Matt Nagy, he doesn't know how much time there is back here.' So that's something that they have to get worked out."

Matt Nagy's response: "We've never had that conversation... I don't know. You'll have [ask Foles]... Nick and I have a pretty good relationship and he hasn't said that. I'm sure he'll explain what he meant by that."

— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) October 27, 2020

When asked to clarify Griese's comments after the game, Nagy sounded surprise and insisted he had no issue with Foles.

Speaking about the quarterback, he said: "We've never had that conversation... I don't know. You'll have [to ask]... Nick and I have a pretty good relationship and he hasn't said that. I'm sure he'll explain what he meant by that."

At 5-2, the Bears remain second in the NFC North and remain well placed for a playoff spot, but it's hard to dispel the feeling their quarterback situation could be the biggest hurdle in their way.

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Nick Foles #9 of the Chicago Bears and Mitchell Trubisky #10 chat during warmup prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on October 2. Joe Scarnici/Getty