When Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky was asked late Sunday whether he thought he did enough in a 41-25 loss to the Green Bay Packers to earn another shot at starting, he struggled to pin down the right response.
Trubisky threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns in his first start replacing Nick Foles, who is out with a hip injury. He also committed three turnovers, which led to three Packers touchdowns.
"I think myself and the offense, we had kind of this expectation or picture of what we thought could happen going into this game, and it just didn't go that way from the get-go," Trubisky said. "I don't know (if I earned another start). I don't know. That's not my call. I just try to put my best foot forward every single day and the chips will lay where they are."
On Monday morning, coach Matt Nagy initially didn't commit to Trubisky starting the Bears' next game Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field, noting he was going to see how Foles looked in his recovery. But he eventually seemed to indicate Trubisky likely will start again.
"I would probably prep for that, but I've got to see where Nick's at and keep talking with Mitch," Nagy said. "But I thought personally that, from how he played yesterday in the situation that we were in, I don't see why not."
It speaks to how bad the Bears offense has been for the last month and a half under Foles that Trubisky could come in as a backup, turn the ball over three times and still be considered the better choice.
The Bears offense scored three touchdowns for the first time since Nagy benched Trubisky in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons and Foles threw three touchdown passes to lead a comeback victory. But two of the touchdowns Sunday night were in the fourth quarter after the Bears fell behind 41-10, thanks in part to Trubisky's turnovers.
Nagy was much harder on his defense Monday morning than he was on Trubisky, saying the unit could handle the criticism. But when evaluating his quarterback, he lamented the Bears settling for a field goal on their opening drive after Cole Kmet dropped a pass and Allen Robinson couldn't pull in a 50/50 ball in the end zone. Nagy noted that the Bears falling so far behind didn't help their play selection. And he stated the obvious.
"The turnovers for us is what we can't have," Nagy said.
Nagy and Trubisky both called Darnell Savage's interception in the end zone after Darnell Mooney was slowed up a "good play." The Packers followed with a 13-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to go up 20-3.