Chase Daniel stepped in for the Chicago Bears on the final drive of Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. Is he the starter moving forward?
It’s been a question for much of this season — should the Chicago Bears turn to backup quarterback Chase Daniel as their new starter and replace Mitchell Trubisky? Sunday’s prime time game against the Los Angeles Rams didn’t provide an answer, but it kept the question going.
In the Bears’ 17-7 loss to the Rams, coach Matt Nagy decided to put Daniel in with less than 4 minutes to play in place of Trubisky. At the time, people began to question just why. NBA cameras caught Nagy having a discussion with the starter on the sideline before Daniel stepped onto the field.
Minutes later, it was reported that Trubisky was out with a hip injury.
After the game, Nagy said that was the deciding factor for taking his starter out. It was not a performance issue.
Still, it’s been a difficult season for the franchise leader in the Windy City. It might be time to go ahead and turn to a veteran backup with the season heading in a downward spiral.
Daniel didn’t provide a spark, and merely went through the motions as the Bears and the Rams game wrapped up. But for now, and into this week, there will be plenty of speculation as to where the Bears will go from here.
NFL Network’s Deion Sanders already said Daniel should be starting in Week 12. The Bears play against the New York Giants next week, where Daniel could face former Mizzou Tiger Markus Golden.
The two Tigers had an encounter during the preseason.
Chicago is 4-6, and probably will need to win all six of its final games just to have a shot at the postseason. Daniel isn’t the future, as the former Mizzou Tiger has spent all 11 of his NFL seasons as a backup.
But he can come in and give the Bears offense a bit of a jolt, and that’s what it needs. Trubisky, meanwhile, is a third-year pro who was a former No. 2 overall pick. Sunday’s benching, even if it was for a hip injury, could be the beginning of the end for the former North Carolina product as Chicago’s No. 1 guy.
Trubisky was 24 of 43 for 190 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday’s game. Daniel finished 1-for-4 for nine yards.