Former Mizzou football quarterback is set to make first start of season for Chicago Bears.
Former Mizzou football quarterback Chase Daniel likely will start for the Chicago Bears this week in London when the Bears take on the Oakland Raiders.
The Bears haven’t officially announced starter Mitch Trubisky will be out, but coach Matt Nagy said Trubisky “most likely” will miss Sunday’s game.
Trubisky injured his non-throwing shoulder in last week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Daniel stepped in early and led the Bears to a 16-6 victory over their division rival. He did so in the same manner as 2018, when Daniel stepped in for an injured Trubisky and went 1-1.
More from Football
- Believe it or not, Missouri football has never played these FBS teams
- The Missouri Tigers Set For 2023
- Missouri Tigers Vs. New Mexico State Recap
- Is Eli Drinkwitz the right coach for the Missouri Tigers
- More than bad luck beats the Missouri Tigers
On Sunday, Daniel went 22 of 30 for 195 yards with a touchdown and no turnovers. Daniel’s passer rating was 101.4, much higher than Trubisky’s rating of 81 this season. That’s leading to a minor debate of if Daniel should continue to be the starter once Trubisky is healthy. That’s likely not the case, but another good showing this weekend will only help Daniel’s case.
Daniel was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2007 when he was a junior at Mizzou. He led the Tigers to a No. 1 ranking in the Associate Press Top 25 poll that year and is a Tigers fan favorite in the NFL. Despite his success in Columbia, Daniel went undrafted in 2009. But he has stuck around the NFL for more than 10 seasons, and has been capable of leading his team when called upon.
“Stuck” is kind of a loose term. Daniel is a top backup quarterback in the NFL. That’s why he has made the kind of money he has made.
Daniel spent his first training camp in Washington but has since played for the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles before the Bears.
Last Sunday was one of multiple examples where Daniel has led his team when asked. Daniel is 2-2 as a starter, with his two losses both coming in overtime.
He has tossed five TDs with only two interceptions in games he has started.
The Bears have a bye week after the Raiders game, and that could mean Daniel will go back to the bench when the Bears return. But for now, the 2018 NFC North Division champions will turn to the former Mizzou Tiger to get a victory and improve to a 4-1 record on the season.