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Ryan Pace remains non-committal on Mitch Trubisky's 5th-year option

Ryan Pace remains non-committal on Mitch Trubisky's 5th-year option

The Chicago Bears confirmed there will be an open quarterback competition between Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles during Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy's media teleconference on Friday, which, by default, suggests the organization isn't confident they got it right when they selected Trubisky with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

There's a chance Trubisky will rise to the occasion and win the Bears' starting job, and if he does (and plays well in 2020), a new and lucrative contract extension will be the next order of business; unless, of course, the Bears pick up his fifth-year option this May which will give the club another year to decide on his future.

Pace gave no indication the Bears will (or won't) take advantage of that fifth year prior to the deadline.

All signs point toward Chicago declining the option year. There isn't going to be some kind of miraculous discovery over the next 30 days that changes their uncertainty with Trubisky. Think about it: if Pace and Nagy knew No. 10 would be their guy in 2021, they wouldn't have traded for Foles.

So while Pace is dodging the question now, he already answered it through his actions last month.

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith's fantastic beard has disappeared

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith's fantastic beard has disappeared

Look at this tremendous man: 

Such grace, such elegance. We could all learn something from that beard. But times are different; Illinois football's days as being the laughing stock of the B1G are over. They played in the 2019 RedBox Bowl, you'll remember. Did they win? Up for debate, but they were there. It counted. 

The winds of change are blowing through Champaign, and Lovie Smith knows this. It explains this picture, tweeted from the Illinois Football account on Wednesday night: 

It's a new (old?) normal, and one we'll all have to get used to. But Illinois football is BACK. 

Under Center Podcast: Did Kevin White get a fair chance with Bears??

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Under Center Podcast: Did Kevin White get a fair chance with Bears??

In a roundtable discussion, Laurence Holmes, JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Adam Hoge react and discuss the interview Kevin White did with the Under Center Podcast. Was White honest about his tenure with the Bears? Did the Bears give him an honest chance to play? 

(2:50) - Most important thing from the White Interview

(10:52) - How did the Bears use White?

(18:30) - Did White do his job the best he could have as a Bear?

(26:36) - White says the Bears played the guys they paid over him

(32:00) - White should reinvent himself to stay in the NFL

(39:15) - What does White do if he doesn't play football anymore?

Listen here or below.

Under Center Podcast

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