The Chicago Bears’ quarterback competition will most likely come to a conclusion in the next week, but fans -- and the Detroit Lions -- might have to wait longer before the winner is publicly revealed.
When asked Saturday if he plans to name a starting quarterback before the Week 1 opener in Detroit, Bears head coach Matt Nagy said: “That's something internally that we're going to stick to, but I would say for you guys to know, just to save you the questions, that that won't be happening before that game.”
However, that doesn’t mean the Bears won’t internally decide on a starter going into their first game week. It would make sense for those roles to be defined as the Bears prepare for the Lions because practice reps are limited and the majority go to the starter during a game week.
Later in Saturday’s post-scrimmage press conference at Soldier Field, Nagy said Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles will continue to split reps in practice this week. Sunday is a scheduled off day and Monday will be a lighter practice before three straight longer practices going into Labor Day weekend.
“That will be really good to see where they're at, and we're excited for really a lighter practice Monday and then getting into it Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,” Nagy said. “And then we've got to make a decision.”
After Thursday's practice, which would typically be the day of the final preseason game, the Bears will have a couple days off before jumping into their Week 1 game prep. Thus, it seems the coaching staff will be ready to decide on a starter after this coming week of practice.
It's just that Matt Patricia and the Lions might not hear who the winner is until Sept. 13 at Ford Field.