Sunday’s Chicago Bears game would have been disappointing, but I have grown accustomed to the Bears’ ineptitude, and now find the never-ending blunders to be quite entertaining.
What surprised everyone was Chase Daniel’s sudden appearance under center during one of the final drives of the game. I was thrilled, but also perplexed. Although Mitchell Trubisky’s replacement was long overdue, this seemed like an odd time to replace him.
The back-and-forth camera shots between a glossy-eyed Trubisky standing on the sideline and an angry Ryan Pace seemed to suggest that something big had happened. Then the replay of what transpired before the replacement confirmed my suspicions; or so I thought.
The replay showed Matt Nagy pulling Trubisky close, and seemingly telling him he was going to be replaced, while simultaneously consoling him at the same time. This was it; it was time to usher in a new era in Chicago. Yes, Chase Daniel is not a long-term solution, but at least this move is sending a strong message that the Bears will not tolerate the level of play brought by our third-year quarterback.
Imagine my surprise and frustration when the Bears tweeted out that Trubisky had a hip injury. Given the lack of medical attention given to Trubisky after the replacement and the non-contact nature of his last play under center, things were not exactly adding up.
I made sure to watch the pressers, transfixed by the oddity of what was occurring. In it, Nagy gave a plausible explanation of a lingering injury and a late decision to preserve Trubisky’s health, but Trubisky’s presser told a completely different story.
Trubisky’s body language was dejected, and he struggled to find the right words. He contradicted himself twice when asked when the injury occurred and claimed that he “didn’t remember” what Nagy had told him on the sideline, despite them talking for an extended period of time. He looked and acted like a quarterback who had been benched. But then why would he be lying?
It’s possible that Pace or Nagy decided to finally replace Trubisky, but then changed their minds after a three-and-out by Daniel, and tried to mask it with an injury designation. I’m not sure if this is what occurred, but if Trubisky was told to lie, this would explain his uncomfortable behavior in the presser.
Should I be surprised that the Bears are sticking by their hopeless quarterback? No. Pace and Nagy seem to feel that their fates are tied to Trubisky and have stuck by him no matter how poorly he has played.
Whether the injury is an excuse or legitimate is irrelevant, the stubbornness of the Bears’ organization is going to lead to its inevitable downfall, and if I didn’t live in Illinois, I would stay as far away from this dumpster fire as humanly possible.