Mitchell Trubisky: Nick Foles trade made me angry, but ‘in a good way’
The Chicago Bears officially put Mitchell Trubisky on notice with an offseason trade for Nick Foles, and the arrival of some stiff competition in the quarterback room wasn’t greeted warmly by the team’s incumbent starter.
“I think I was kinda pissed off —in a good way,” Trubisky said via a video call Friday, per the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’ve been motivated ever since.”
Trubisky’s comments marked the first time he has spoken with the media since the Bears’ season finale last December. Much has changed since then, although much of what transpired was arguably predictable.
Trubisky suffered through a nightmarish campaign while looking completely lost at times as the Bears compiled an 8-7 record in games he started.
Such a precipitous drop in play was somewhat startling given Trubisky was coming off a 2018 campaign in which he earned a Pro Bowl nod.
The Bears responded to Trubisky’s struggles by declining his fifth-year option — which he says wasn’t “really a big surprise” — and acquiring Foles in March for a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy quickly indicated after the trade that there would be an “open competition” between Foles and Trubisky for the starting quarterback job.
Trubisky added Friday that the interactions he has had with Foles have been “positive” so far, but said he still feels like the Bears are “my team” heading into the 2020 season.
“I want to win this competition,” Trubisky said. “I want to be the guy out on the field leading this team.”
The writing obviously is on the wall as it relates to Trubisky’s previously unquestioned status as the Bears’ franchise quarterback. Whether or not the soon-to-be fourth-year signal-caller can rise to the challenge from Foles or withers under the pressure remains to be seen.
One thing is certain, however: The coming months are Trubisky’s last chance to secure his future in Chicago.