The Chicago Bears have played their hand close to the vest in regards to quarterback Mitch Trubisky and his health for this Sunday.
That’s no surprise. After seeing Chase Daniel win in Detroit they have the luxury of keeping the New York Giants guess as to what they plan to do. Who will they have to game plan for? Head coach Matt Nagy isn’t stupid. He won’t offer a true revelation to that question until he absolutely has to. Speculation continues to run rampant though.
Having already beaten Detroit with Daniel and set to face the 3-8 Giants, some believe the Bears may double down on their gamble. They’ll rest Trubisky another week to ensure his shoulder is 100% recovered and save him for the primetime matchup against the Los Angeles Rams the following week. Daniel and the defense should be able to hold down the fort.
Nagy neither confirmed nor denied this strategy to Ian Rapaport of NFL Network on his podcast. The coach simply stated the team would play it by ear and not make a decision until they had to.
"“It will be one of those day-to-days for us as we go. We need to know each day where he’s at. We kind of went through the same type of thing with Khalil [Mack] and Allen Robinson several weeks ago. It’s just hard because these guys want to be out there and they want to play but sometimes we need to protect the player from the player.”"
The Bears ended up sitting Mack and Robinson for two weeks, but can they afford to gamble like this again with such an important stretch ahead? They may not.
New update drops hint about Mitch Trubisky and status for Sunday
Last week Trubisky did not meet with the Chicago media as he failed to practice. Most would expect if he’s unlikely to play in New York that this would be the same deal. That’s why it was revealing that the team announced the starting quarterback would indeed be made available.
It’s no secret that Trubisky is anxious to play. He’s tough and a competitor. Word came out even last week that he pushed hard to play in Detroit. The coaches talked him out of it that time, but reports suggested that he likely would’ve played had the game been on a Sunday instead of a short week on Thursday. That should’ve been a signal that he would be good to go for this matchup with the Giants barring a setback.
This is great news for the Bears. New York has the 18th ranked pass defense in the NFL this year with a pass rush that has managed just 14 sacks. This means Trubisky could be primed for a big afternoon if he does indeed return. With Minnesota still on their tail, every game matters for Chicago down the stretch.