As always, Fox was defiant and didn’t explain his reasoning for risking Trubisky’s health in that situation. There later was a minor controversy over who called what plays for Trubisky at the end.
“I think it’s going to be fair to say it [wasn’t] the first time he’s been hit, and it won’t be the last,” Fox said after the game.
Now, that you’ve relived that nightmare, don’t expect it to happen again this year. It starts with Trubisky not playing, but Nagy also has a plan in place for his reserves. He already executed his plan to protect his most valuable players last week.
Backup quarterback Chase Daniel was informed on Friday morning that he was starting Saturday against the Chiefs. Nagy, though, still had scripted plays ready for him and the second-team offense.
As always, some rookies will play. Some extra work should benefit outside linebacker Kylie Fitts, inside linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe and defensive lineman Bilal Nichols, who all are vying for certain roles.
Receiver Javon Wims, though, has earned a break. He’s been one of the Bears’ best players this preseason. He has a team-best 15 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown. He doesn’t have much left to prove.
There also will be several players who will play that the Bears would like to stash away on their practice squad. Receiver Tanner Gentry, running back Ryan Nall, guard Jordan Morgan and cornerbacks Michael Joseph and Kevin Toliver are viewed as practice-squad candidates.
So Trubisky re-entered the game – again. This time, he came back with 1:04 remaining and with the Bears having the ball on Browns’ 20. But now, with the Browns leading 25-0, it was time to pass.
The Browns blitzed the Bears on the next play and shoved Trubisky to the ground, even though he completed a screen pass to running back Josh Rounds.
Last year’s final preseason game against the Browns was billed as possibly the last opportunity to see rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky before Mike Glennon took over his “year” as the Bears’ starter. Instead, everyone saw John Fox’s horror show at Soldier Field.
It started off with Trubisky handing off nine consecutive times over the course of three separate three-and-outs for the Bears’ offense. He completed 2 of 4 passes for 10 yards before being replaced by Connor Shaw in the second quarter.