Just when it seems like the Chicago Bears have hit rock bottom, they go and pile onto the misery that is the 2019 season. It wasn’t bad enough losing a must-win game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in prime-time, no, these Bears had to muck it up with a last minute quarterback change.
It turns out that Mitchell Trubisky did suffer a hip injury at some point in the first half (the tape shows him favoring it during the second half), and since head coach Matt Nagy was aware of it I have to ask; why didn’t they have the team announce that he was questionable with a hip injury at that time?
Had the Bears made that simple announcement, an announcement that teams make all the time during games, they could have avoided the social media firestorm that was created when Nagy and Trubisky had that well publicized heart to heart discussion on the sideline. NBC’s Sunday Night Football crew assumed their talk was about Trubisky getting benched, and fans all assumed their talk was about him getting benched.
When back up quarterback Chase Daniel trotted out with the offense at 3:34 of the fourth quarter and the Bears trailing by ten, everyone assumed we were witnessing the end of the Trubisky era. Especially when considering how poorly his season had been up to that point, there was almost a collective sigh of relief gasped from Chicago fans. But then moments after Daniel entered the contest the Bears’ PR team Tweeted out the following.
“#Bears injury update: QB Mitchell Trubisky (hip, questionable)”
And that was all fans needed to grasp at their conspiracy theories and to fuel their anger even more about the 2019 Bears. Couldn’t this team have sent that Tweet out at halftime when medical personnel were checking on Trubisky’s right hip? Couldn’t they have sent it out when quarterback coach Dave Ragone was monitoring Trubisky’s play through the third and fourth quarters?
Nagy said they realized the hip affecting his play more and more as the half wound down, so why not take a moment to yell at a staffer to notify the media about a possible injury? Why not have word sent out before he huddled up with his third year QB to tell him he’s going to pull him from the game, or at the very least have Bears PR get word out before Chase Daniel takes the field in the fourth quarter?
But instead they waited.
Now it’s very possible that they don’t care about a possible public and media backlash when it comes to injured players during games, but if that’s true then that shows them to be out of touch with the current state of the franchise. Especially since it has to do with the highest profile player on the team, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
With his head coach calling him “day to day,” Trubisky’s status for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants is still up in the air. Nagy also said that if he’s healthy, Trubisky is his clear cut starter. But seeing as how Trubisky was a full participant at the first practice of the week, I’d say it’s a good bet he’ll be able to fight through the pain and suit up when the 4 and 6 Bears try to take down the 2 win G-Men.
The Giants have one of the worst passing defenses in the league and they’ve been bad against the run too as they’ve allowed the sixth most total yards and the third most points per game. This is the perfect team for a struggling offense to get right against and it shouldn’t matter if it’s Trubisky of Daniel taking snaps, the Bears should be able to sneak out a win this week (to see odds on the game, just click here!).
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