Congrats, grumps. You got what you wanted:
While in the middle of a 45-minute press conference with GM Ryan Pace, Bears coach Matt Nagy confirmed that, actually, the whole no-starters-in-preseason idea is a thing of the past.
"Absolutely. [Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles] are going to play in preseason," Nagy said on Friday morning. It’ll be equal reps and it’ll be a good competition for them. And, again, that kind of goes in tune with what we’re doing really with our whole team. It’s going to be some of the things we discuss and talk about when we’re able to do that with the team. But I think that’s part important and they’ll be a big part of that.”
It's a notable departure in tone from 2019, when Nagy's adamant refusal to play starters in preseason had, at the time, many wondering if the Bears' coach was setting a trend. Then the Bears finished 8-8 with one of the worst offenses in the NFL, and many (fairly or not) pointed to the lack of competitive snaps in preseason as a precursor to the team's disappointing year.
Whether the Bears even have a preseason remains to be seen, even though it's already shaping up to be a critical one in the Matt Nagy era. Coming out and saying that starters will return to preseason makes all the sense in the world – there's no advantage to doubling-down on last year's optically-doomed strategy. Nagy can run the 1's out for two drives, let Pat O'Donnell do his thing, and never have to spend his weekly radio hits talking about preseason snap counts again.
Mitchell Trubisky is using his platform to support Blackout Tuesday and the protests against racial injustice in the United States.
In the post, Trubisky concedes he will never truly understand the struggles black people experience in America, but he stands by them during this time of unrest.
“Throughout my life I’ve been blessed to share the field and locker room with countless black men,” Trubisky said in the post. “These men and teammates have become family to me. Although I could never understand what they have to experience I empathize with them and love them like brothers. I stand with my brothers and sisters in the fight against racial injustices.
“We need to do more. We must do better. Posts, tweets, and statements aren’t enough. We need to take action. We must take the steps together to make systematic changes to prevent these evil acts from occurring.
“Love is stronger than hate. Peace and Unity will overcome violence. Black Lives Matter. #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd”
Trubisky broke his social media silence to make his statement. He hadn’t posted on Instagram since Dec. 19, and besides retweeting teammates, friends and brands, he still hasn’t posted on Twitter since May 2019.
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On Monday evening, the Bears released a statement from George McCaskey regarding the recent death of George Floyd:
A week ago another unarmed African-American man died at the hands of a white police officer. We are witnessing the anger and frustration play out in protests across the nation, including Chicago. We must do more than wring our hands and hope it doesn’t happen again. As an organization, we have addressed it internally by offering unconditional support to our family of staff, coaches and players, and today Ryan Pace and Coach Nagy spent the allotted two hours of team meeting time listening to and healing together with our players and the coaching staff. Through our voice, our actions and our resources, it is our obligation to lead. We will continue to work with our player-led social justice committee to provide funding and exposure to local organizations dedicated to empowering communities that have been oppressed for far too long. We’re proud to support organizations like BUILD Chicago, I Grow Chicago, My Block, My Hood, My City, and Youth Guidance, among others, who are doing great work in these communities and we encourage fans to partner with us in supporting them. Our commitment is to continue to be an active participant in change.
Though they don't use his name specifically, it's clearly a reference to Floyd's death, as they Bears joined (most) teams across the country in issuing statements condemning the abuse of power among law enforcement officials.