CHICAGO – Matt Nagy believes Mitchell Trubisky is ready to start the season, though the new Bears head coach has made the rare decision to play the second-quarterback – and the other starters of his team – during the tournament 27: 20 win over Kansas City Chiefs, the team's fourth pre-season game, has ended.
Nagy brushed off the idea that Trubisky needed more snapshots in the preseason of the Bears at that time.
"I hear it, but I do not believe now where we are," Nagy said. "At the moment, we're on nearly 2,000 snapshots – team snapshots and OTAs, so far we're at 2,000 snapshots – and for someone to tell me that 25 to 30 reps [in a preseason game] will advance him a better player week 1
"But for me, I have to do what's best for our team and for where we are and I sometimes understand that fans can influence. But trust me, the thing I'm trying to do is to do the best for our fans – and these are our guys who are ready to go in Week 1. "
Trubisky and many other regulars did not play in the Hall of Fame Game against the Baltimore Ravens this month: Trubisky, who is not expected on Thursday in the preseason final against Buffalo Bills, is 11 for 18 for 94 yards, one Touchdown and an interception in his two pre-season games this year.
Nagy noted that Trubisky has become even more comfortable with his receivers during the training camp, while being able to see protection and recognize various defenses.  "I feel good there," said the coach
Nagy said he had not informed his players about the decision not to play the starters by Friday, saying the "heavy reps" in practice – "many times where our boys fly around and give everything they have "- contributed to the move.
" Forget the whole risk / rewa rd stuff; it is health. Where are they? And we have some guys who are tired, "Nagy said. Of course, I want our boys to be 100 percent health conscious for this Week 1 Packers game, and that's as easy as it gets. So they did not know that, and they found it out [Friday].
Nagy, who served in both Head Coach Andy Reid's heads in both Kansas City and Philadelphia, called his former boss earlier in the week to let him know about the plan.
"The last thing I did wanted to, was that he saw that we suddenly appear in the field and we have our twins out there, "Nagy said." That will not go away, I will not do that, and I'll let him know out of pure respect. He is the very first person I called. I felt so much better when I did that, and I know how he's doing. He respected and appreciated that. "
Nagy made it clear that the decision to stake his starters in what would have been the third pre-season game for almost everyone, was not a new direction in The Third Preseason games are typically seen as a "dress rehearsal" for the starters.
"We're in the middle of where we are," he said. "We had five pre-season games. And let me tell you something, I have no problems at all with five preseason games. I think, in fact, it's great. Because what we can do is we can check the depth of our team. For example, today we have some twos that compete against beginners. That's invaluable.
"This could be different next year, so if we have four games then, yes, if I feel that the pulse of our team is in another place, as far as it is right now, I will absolutely play these people, and If I feel that they need to be callous or tougher, I'll do that. "
Nagy understood why some fans would be upset after spending money on a game that traditionally shows the team's starters
Secondly, I'm doing the best for [the fans] and I'm doing the best for them, because I'll be in the right place for the first week. " Nagy said. "Well, maybe they will not feel it today, but hopefully they will feel it week 1. Hopefully, or this year."
Bear's replacement quarterback Chase Daniel, who was 15 for 18 for 198 yards and two touchdowns against the Chiefs, understood Nagy's decision.
"I really liked it," Daniel said. "As a backup – I do not just speak for myself, I speak for other people – your job is to come in and play and you do not always know when you're going to play it could be It could hurt somebody that day This guy has to get up so I actually liked what he was doing and kept it from telling us I learned at 8:10 [Friday]. " Nagy said while When he discussed the plan with his employees, the decision was ultimately his.
"We worked so hard like a staff, as a player, we spent so much time not to see them," Nagy said. "And now we are in one place – we are happy to be where we are, I love the growth of where we are as a team and as a family, I feel strongly that when we go in week 1, that in the Because the 25 to 30 games [in Saturday’s game] will not rock one way or the other [what we do] It really is not.
"So if we win this game against Green Bay, do not trust me because we did not play 25 [snaps today] , And if we lose it, it's the same. I promise to you. "