UNC Football: Mitchell Trubisky named Bears starting quarterback

The former UNC football standout has won the Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback job to begin the 2020 season.

The Chicago Bears’ quarterback competition has been one of the most interesting stories to follow throughout the start of NFL training camps. We recently discussed the quarterback battle that has been ongoing between former Tar Heel Mitchell Trubisky and veteran journeyman Nick Foles. At the time, the speculation was that the Bears would wait until Week 1 to announce their starter. However, with the season just nine days away, the team has decided who will be under center for the season opener against the Detroit Lions.

Trubisky has been named the team’s starting quarterback to begin the season. He earned the job over Foles, who was acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars via trade during the offseason.

Needless to say, this is a big year for the former UNC standout. After making the Pro Bowl in 2018, Trubisky followed with a very disappointing 2019 season. This offseason, the Bears decided to decline the fifth-year option on his contract, which leaves his future with the organization in doubt.

In 2017, the Bears traded up to select Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Their decision has drawn a lot of criticism, especially considering that Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson were both available on the draft board.

To move up just one spot to the No. 2 overall pick, the Bears parted ways with four draft picks. Considering that they invested their franchise in the former Tar Heel signal caller, it makes sense to give him one last shot at the job.

If he struggles, expect the team to pivot to Foles as their starter. If he plays like he did just two seasons ago, Trubisky will make his case that he is a very capable NFL starting quarterback.

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