Lions planning to see scuffling Bears QB Mitch Trubisky, not Chase Daniel
Allen Park — Things aren't going particularly well for the Detroit Lions right now, but they're going worse for the Chicago Bears. The defending NFC North champions have lost four straight, are sitting in the division's cellar, and have a quarterback controversy brewing as starter Mitchell Trubisky continues to struggle.
Among 32 qualifying starters, Trubisky ranks 29th in passer rating and 32nd in yards per pass attempt. His five touchdown passes are also the worst in the league.
That's led many, including a Monday column in the Chicago Sun Times, to ask whether it's time to bench the former No. 3 overall pick in favor of backup Chase Daniel.
With another disastrous first-half performance like the one Trubisky had against the Philadelphia Eagles last week — when he completed six of his 13 passes for 24 yards — it might finally be enough to earn the hook.
But the Lions, who travel to Chicago for a divisional showdown with the Bears on Sunday, seem unconcerned about the possibility.
"We’re going to prepare for Trubisky to be the starter and play in this game," Lions defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni said. "It’s not like it’s two different offenses. They’re practicing one offense. If Chase has to go in the game, he’s going to run the plays that are on the call sheet just like Trubisky would. Certainly, he’s a different style of athlete and so forth. I just feel confident that we’ll be prepared for whatever happens in the game and if we have to adjust, we will adjust."
It's not like the Lions don't know Daniels well. Last Thanksgiving, he started against the Lions and completed 27 of his 37 throws for 230 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Chicago's 23-16 victory.
"We have good memories," Pasqualoni said. "We don’t forget that stuff. We kind of know both. We played against both last year, so we kind of know both."