(CBS Sports Radio) The Bears benched Mitchell Trubisky in favor of Nick Foles when they made a quarterback switch in a come-from-behind win against the Falcons in Week 3, but they're just 2-3 since Foles became the starter. It has led some to wonder if the Bears could go back to Trubisky at some point this season.
Legendary Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is one of those who has been following the storyline, and he isn’t ready to throw in the towel yet on Trubisky, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft.
“When you listen to Mitch talk – and this is going back to the last couple years – whenever they win, he gives all the credit to his teammates, to his coaches, to his offensive line, the defense,” Urlacher said on the Zach Gelb Show. “And when they lose, he says, ‘I got to play better. I got to do a better job. I need to do this, I need to do that.’ He never points the finger at anybody else – except when they win. I think that’s a great leader right there.”
While Trubisky’s character has never been an issue, his play on the field has been. Trubisky's 41.5 QBR was 28th out of 30 qualifying quarterbacks in 2019. Trubisky's 59.3 completion percentage and 3,5 interception percentage were both career-worst marks here in 2020 before he was benched.
“I know he didn’t play great for a few games, but ... if I’m playing with him, it’s easy for me to get behind a guy like that who always stands up when things aren’t going good (and) he’s going to take the bullet," Urlacher said. "When things are going great, he wants everyone else to get the attention. That’s the mark of a good leader.”
Urlacher also likes Trubisky’s mobility. Trubisky has rushed for 952 yards and seven touchdowns in his career.
“He can run,” Urlacher said. “I never really played with a quarterback who could run, so when he was playing last year, to watch him scramble around was fun for me because it’s an extra element the defense has to get ready for.”
The Bears (5-3) are riding a two-game losing streak as they visit the Titans (5-2) on Sunday. Chicago coach Matt Nagy has continued to express confidence in Foles as the team's starter moving forward.