LAKE FOREST, In poor health. — The Chicago Bears‘ unending seek for a franchise quarterback may have one other chapter after basic supervisor Ryan Tempo declined to say that the workforce intends to re-sign former second total decide Mitchell Trubisky.
“So far as the plan at quarterback, to get to the place we wish to go, we undoubtedly want extra out of that place,” Tempo stated Wednesday after he and coach Matt Nagy got a vote of confidence.
“All the things is on the desk.”
Trubisky’s future in Chicago has been tenuous ever because the Bears traded for veteran Nick Foles final April and declined Trubisky’s fifth-year possibility somewhat over a month later.
Trubisky went on to win the beginning job over Foles to open the season, however Nagy benched the 26-year previous quarterback in favor of Foles in Week 3.
An damage to Foles — coupled with ineffective play — opened the door for Trubisky to return to the beginning lineup in late November and he helped Chicago revive its playoff hopes with three straight wins versus Houston, Minnesota and Jacksonville.
The momentary spark Trubisky supplied on offense proved fleeting. The Bears misplaced at dwelling in Week 17 to Inexperienced Bay. Chicago backed into the playoffs and the NFC’s seventh seed courtesy of the Rams victory over the Cardinals within the common season finale however then had a dreadful offensive efficiency within the playoffs versus the Saints.
Total, the Bears dropped eight of their ultimate 11 video games after they started the yr 5-1.
Chicago went 1-7 in opposition to playoff groups.
Nonetheless, Trubisky expressed a willingness to return to Chicago subsequent season, telling reporters within the aftermath of the season-ending loss to New Orleans that he had, “unfinished enterprise” with the workforce.
Which may be so, however the Bears made no guarantees on Wednesday to increase Trubisky, or apply the franchise tag. As an alternative, Tempo and Nagy spoke at size in regards to the significance of bettering the place that has been an issue for the Bears since Corridor of Famer Sid Luckman retired within the 1940’s.
In latest occasions, Tempo infamously traded as much as draft Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson in 2017. Mere weeks previous to acquiring Trubisky, the Bears signed free-agent quarterback Mike Glennon to a deal that included $18.5 million in ensures. The Bears pulled the plug on Glennon after simply 4 begins and have been pressured to prematurely usher within the Trubisky period.
“Why will we really feel robust about getting that place proper?” Tempo stated. “It goes again to the linked imaginative and prescient I share with Matt.
“I simply have a number of confidence within the unity we’ve got as teaching employees and personnel division, however primarily that Matt and I’ve at attacking that collectively.”
Foles is the one Bears quarterback beneath contract for subsequent yr. The 31-year previous veteran will rely roughly $6.6 million in opposition to the 2021 wage cap.
In different information:
–Tempo stated star cross rusher Khalil Mack is unlikely to require offseason surgical procedure to restore the shoulder damage that bothered him a lot of the yr. Mack nonetheless led the Bears with 9 sacks.
–The Bears are hopeful veteran cross rusher Robert Quinn can have a bounce again season in 2021. Quinn, who signed a deal final offseason that contained $30 million in ensures, recorded simply two sacks for the Bears. Tempo all however conceded that Quinn will return in 2021 — largely as a result of his wage subsequent yr is absolutely assured.
“We anticipate him to rebound,” Tempo stated. “I feel having an offseason being with us, I feel that may bode properly for him. Along with him and with us and our plan, we’ve got to discover a approach to assist him get extra manufacturing and I consider that he’ll.”
–Nagy introduced that the search to exchange retiring defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano will start in earnest. Nagy doesn’t consider Chicago’s present predicament will forestall exterior events from having curiosity within the place. Nagy has two years left on the five-year contract he acquired to educate the Bears. Tempo has one yr left on the three-year extension he signed in 2018. Bears CEO and president Ted Philips stated neither Nagy nor Tempo acquired any further years on their contracts following Chicago’s 8-9 end.
–Tempo remained non-committal about the way forward for huge receiver Allen Robinson, who can be a free agent until the Bears use the franchise tag. The Bears and Robinson’s agent have been unable to return to phrases on a long-term deal in the course of the season and talks ultimately broke off. Robinson, 27, led the workforce with 102 catches for 1,250 yards.
“You know the way we really feel about Allen, how revered he’s within the constructing,” Tempo stated. “However to get into specifics on his contract, you guys additionally know I am not going to get into that. In regard to the franchise tag, I might simply say the whole lot is on the desk. The league provides us instruments for a motive however proper now we’re simply going to maintain all these talks inside out of respect to Allen, out of respect to his agent. I simply assume these are finest dealt with in a non-public method.”
–Nagy punted when requested whether or not he meant to reclaim offensive play-calling duties subsequent season. Nagy insisted that offensive coordinator Invoice Lazor served because the workforce’s major play caller for the ultimate eight video games. Nagy, nonetheless, declined to say if he plans to hold over the association into subsequent yr.