Nick Foles in Chicago Works in Theory But Will It On The Field?
Yesterday, the Chicago Bears traded for Nick Foles. It did not cost them anything. A fourth-round comp pick that the Packers gave them for signing Adrian Amos last season. Foles rejoins Matt Nagy along with a plethora of coaches that have helped him succeed in the past. For all intents and purposes, this deal makes sense for Chicago. They did not think Mitch Trubisky could be the guy, and they wanted to move on. Even in a deep quarterback market, the Bears chose Foles over guys like Cam Newton, Jameis Winston or Andy Dalton. Why? Well, the Bears coaches know Foles and believe he can work in their system.
Matt Nagy and his coach staff are likely putting their jobs on the line with the decision to go with Foles. They’ve told Bears general manager Ryan Pace that this is the key to glory versus riding with Trubisky. It is a risky proposition. Foles has had some success in his career. But there is not enough sample size to say if he’s truly a successful quarterback. There are two years worth noting in 2013 and 2018 yet everything else looks like a fucking mess. Bears can easily sell Foles to the fans given the relationship with the coaching staff.
Foles is one of the bigger quarterback enigmas in today’s NFL. He won a Super Bowl with Philadelphia in 2018. But he has never played an entire 16 game season. Whether that was due to injury or getting benched. Foles went 0-4 in Jacksonville and Gardner Minshew outplayed him in every which way. Foles is living off his 2018 success which can go a long way when you basically ran the table to a Super Bowl trophy.
As a Green Bay Packers fan, Foles does not scare me one bit. He is not a scary quarterback. If Chicago signed Teddy Bridgewater or Newton, there would have been a bit of scared in my eyes. But not Foles. Sure, he does seem to step up in big moments, but what is to say he will be in those with this Chicago team?