The Chicago Bears mailbag this week had to come out fast. The team is in the midst of one of the fastest turnarounds between games in NFL history.
It’s left the team with some rather unique decisions to work through. None more so than the status of their quarterback. Mitch Trubisky came out of the win over the Vikings with a sore right shoulder. This as a result of a late hit courtesy of safety Harrison Smith. Under normal circumstances the odds would still favor him playing. However, with barely three days to rest before a road game in Detroit?
That might be asking a bit much. Bears fans want to know all about that and more. Here are the answers they seek.
do you have any insight into whether Fangio would want to leave? seems it would be hard for him to leave given the potential for legendary status with his current players
Fangio has coached great defenses before. I don’t think that will hold much sway in any such decision. He stayed because he likes Chicago and believes in the mission Matt Nagy has set for the team. Now that his defense is one of the best in football and the team is 7-3, the odds of him leaving after this year, so soon after signing a new contract are remote.
The only thing that seems feasible of prying Fangio away from the Bears is the possibility of a team offering him a head coaching job. Given he hasn’t gotten close as yet on that front, it seems unlikely. However, it only takes one team. Fangio is a bit on the older side for such a thing. Most teams prefer younger coaches these days. It will be interesting to see if any give him a look.
Your bold prediction this week, under center, Tru or Daniel?
The problem here isn’t so much Trubisky’s injury as it is the extraordinary situation the team is in. No team in NFL history has had such a short turnaround to another game before. The Bears are going from Sunday night against Minnesota to an early game on Thursday in Detroit. Asking a player’s sprained shoulder to heal in three days is a bit much.
Here’s the thing. Chicago has already proven they can win without key players before. They didn’t have Allen Robinson or Khalil Mack for the Jets or Bills games and blew both of those teams out. They’ve already got two wins of this critical three-game stretch in their back pocket. One could easily see them giving Trubisky almost two weeks off to rest that shoulder with only one game missed. At this point, I’ll say they roll with Daniel.