With fewer than four regulation minutes to go before the Bears' 17-7 loss to the Rams on Sunday Night Football at LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Chicago made a quarterback change.
After the Bears suffered a three-and-out result on a last-chance drive in the fourth quarter as the Rams led by 10 points, second-year head coach Matt Nagy went with backup Chase Daniel for starter Mitchell Trubisky, who left the game but did not appear to suffer an injury.
The Bears announced that a hip injury was the cause for Trubisky's exit, not a benching. But either way, the Bears (4-6) could have a quarterback change carry over to next Sunday's 1 p.m. ET game against the New York Giants (2-8) at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Whether the reason is for health or performance, the Bears could turn to the veteran Daniel over the third-year Trubisky -- the 2017 NFL draft's No. 2 overall pick -- who completed 24 of 43 passes (55.8 percent) for 190 yards and a touchdown to an interception as the offense sputtered in Week 11 against the Rams (6-4).
"It's been challenging because these types of games, these close games, we want to come out on top and we haven't done that," Nagy said after the game. "I really look -- just in general -- offensively, I know we have the pieces and everything, and we just haven't had the one game where it's just been four quarters of just fireworks. It just hasn't happened. So we, as a team -- this is where we'll get truly tested as we get back into the facility and see where our guys are at."
After the Bears opened the 2019 season 3-1, they have now lost five of their past six games, averaging 14.8 points throughout the struggle.
Trubisky leaves the Rams matchup with 176 completions on 282 attempts (62.4 percent) for 1,580 yards and nine touchdowns to four interceptions.
Despite weapons from running back David Montgomery to wide receivers such as Cordarrelle Patterson, the offense's continuous issues linger into the matchup with the Giants, but Nagy believes that the Bears still have the right pieces in place.
"No, I'm not (concerned)," Nagy said. "I have all of the trust in our guys and they're fighters and they care and we're all in this for the right reasons. So I know that they've got everything. They work so hard and it's just tough. We're just going through one of those tough deals and so we want to be better."
Against the Rams, the Bears started the game with an opening drive that went 41 yards in nine plays and 3:06 but came away without points on kicker Eddie Pineiro's missed 48-yard attempt -- one of two failed tries from the quarter, including a 47-yard try.
"We're in a game like this and it's a defensive battle, points are at a premium, you want to be able to make those kicks and I kind of look at it, too -- to start the game, we've been struggling with drives, getting going," Nagy said. "And we finally got a couple first downs and it might not sound great, but we were in position to kick a field goal to start the game and we missed it, and it's just -- those are the ones I really wish we could have."