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December 12, 2018

Giants may catch break with this Bears Week 13 development

November 29, 2018

If you’re reading the tea leaves regarding the status of Mitch Trubisky as Bears coach Matt Nagy politely talks around the status of his quarterback for Sunday’s game at the Giants, it’s worth noting he keeps dropping the names of Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson.

Ruse to confuse the Giants or plain talk from a coach who doesn’t want to tip off his opponent but also isn’t particularly interested in playing mind games when it comes to the status of Trubisky?




We will know for sure 90 minutes before kickoff Sunday at MetLife Stadium, but Trubisky was listed as limited in Wednesday’s practice at Halas Hall, the team’s first since winning in Detroit on Thanksgiving. That’s a good indicator that veteran Chase Daniel will start for the second consecutive week.

“It will end up probably being day to day,” Nagy said before Wednesday’s practice, putting the same loose timeline on it that he used last week when it was learned Trubisky’s right shoulder got banged up late in the Nov. 18 victory over the Vikings. “Just going back to the Khalil (Mack) and A-Rob thing, it could end up being a game-time thing.”

Mitchell Trubisky. (Nam Y. Huh / AP)

Once upon a time, back in Kevin White’s rookie season, the wide receiver started out as day to day before his status eventually devolved to season to season, but there’s no reason to believe anything serious is involved here as Nagy reiterated the Bears are confident it’s not a long-term injury.

Mack (right ankle) and Robinson (groin) each were held out two games earlier this season and Nagy referenced them last week, at least a hint that the Bears were looking potentially at being without the quarterback for the same length of time.

The Bears don’t view the Giants (3-8) as the kind of walk-over opponent they can roll without their starting quarterback. This isn’t a case of the Bears contemplating if it’s a good idea to hold Trubisky out another week before their biggest test of the season Dec. 9 against the Rams at Soldier Field. It’s a decision involving the training staff, plain and simple.

“That’s where it’s different for us, players and coaches, is every one of these games is just so important,” Nagy said. “Give me everybody. I want everybody out there and I don’t care what the situation is. If you start doing that (holding players out while looking ahead), you’re going to be in trouble, and that’s not something we’re going to do.”

The upside for the Bears is that Daniel already has proved he can go on the road and win. He did that against the Lions without getting starter reps in a single practice during the condensed holiday week. Now he will have the benefit of practice time with some players he hasn’t worked with consistently since preseason.

Nagy said the “arrow’s up” for Trubisky this week, but whether that means he sees any action in Thursday’s practice remains to be seen. In more ways than one, though, the coach made it clear the decision is based on Trubisky’s shoulder, and the team’s confidence in Daniel isn’t a factor in the equation.

“It helps to have that,” Nagy said. “That decision isn’t made because of that. We’re going to do what’s best for Mitch. We’re going to do what’s best for us. And then once we know where that’s at, then we’ll be able to judge that and then you know get ’em both ready, both prepared mentally and then physically as well.”

The Bears don’t need Daniel to beat the Giants. They need him to be efficient and not turn the ball over and let the defense do the heavy lifting against a team that is 1-4 at home. There’s nothing complicated about what the Bears need Daniel to do and he proved he could deliver against the Lions, completing 27 of 37 passes for 230 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers, proving he’s worthy of the two-year, $10 million investment the Bears made in him.

While a lot of backup quarterbacks can be Capt. Checkdown, especially when they’re just getting acclimated, Daniel wasn’t that. He was 7-for-11 on passes that traveled 10 or more yards in the air beyond the line of scrimmage for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

If Daniel runs the offense, which he knows inside and out from his work with Nagy in Kansas City, the Bears should be well-positioned against the Giants.

“A defense like ours that gets you turnovers and gets you two to three extra possessions a game, you’re going to win a lot of games like that,” Daniel said.




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