The Bears traded for Nick Foles last week, and if bringing one of the great relief pitchers in NFL history isn't a shot across Mitch Trubisky's bow, I don't know what is.
Foles' presence means obviously means that Trubisky isn't guaranteed QB1 anymore, though no one seems to be able to agree on anything more than that. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the job is still very much up for grabs:
Multiple sources say the Bears will essentially hold an open competition for the top quarterback spot, and though the incumbent will have the inside track, nothing is promised.
Well okay then! That stands to reason. And it'd line up with the idea Ryan Pace and co. want to give Trubisky one more chance to earn the job before pivoting to a guy in Foles that Matt Nagy, Bill Lazor, and John DeFilippo all have familiarity with. But wait! Maybe that's not the case? The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs apparently sees things much differently:
The Bears didn’t give up the 120th pick in the draft and guarantee more than $20 million to Foles to have his arrival spark a fire under Mitch Trubisky…The Bears don’t have time during the season to determine if things are going to suddenly click for Trubisky. If they struggle offensively from the start and find themselves behind a month into the season, that creates an uphill climb….no matter how the team frames an offseason or training camp competition for the job, I firmly believe Foles will emerge as Nagy’s guy before the opener.
The most frustrating part about this is that it's also a logical line of thinking. All this home quarantining has made everyone's takes lukewarm. Even if it is an 'open competition', as ESPN reports, Fowler's description ("though the incumbent will have the inside track, nothing is promised") doesn't make it sound like a particularly fair fight.
OR this is setting up is a world where Nick Foles starts Week 1, but Mitch Trubisky eventually has to Nick Foles for Nick Foles during the Bears' most important stretch of the season. It's going to get so weird this season.