Kyle Long just ripped the band-aid off as he was incredibly candid in his assessment about the Bears’ current quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles.
During a recent appearance with Windy City Gridiron’s Jacob Infante, along with an appearance on Da Windy City podcast with Mark Carman, the former Chicago Bears guard was not quiet about how he thinks the franchise views Trubisky.
“Long answer short, the writing is on the wall for my friend No. 10,” Long told Carmen. “We are gonna potentially see him in another jersey in the years to come here, sooner rather than later. I think Nick Foles was brought in to be the starting quarterback, there’s no real secret there.”
After the trade, Bears general manager Ryan Pace suggested Foles and Mitchell Trubisky will battle it out for the starting role.
Trubisky fell out of favor with the fan base in 2019 after leading the team to a 12-4 record in 2018 and only losing the game due to a missed field goal.
Long doubled down on these same thoughts when speaking with Infante, stating the team did not bring Foles to Chicago to ride the bench.
“When Mitch drove up to Halas Hall two years ago or three years ago in his Toyota Camry — It was his grandmother’s car, I believe — he had just left Chapel Hill, and in Chapel Hill he lost a quarterback competition. He was young, he didn’t realize he didn’t have perspective on what that could mean for him down the road, but he gets another opportunity, and if he is the competitor I think he is and I know he is, he’ll be able to come out on top. But if the writing’s on the wall and the Bears say, ‘hey, we’re bringing in a new guy’—which they’ve done, so the writing is on the wall—there are a number of other teams who could use a guy like Mitch Trubisky.”
Last season, Trubisky completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 3,138 yards with 17 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and an 83.0 passer rating. The team finished 8-8 and missed the postseason for the 8th time in the last nine years.