It seems the national media is split on the Chicago Bears trading for quarterback Nick Foles, but the split doesn’t come on whether or not they believe he’s a upgrade in Chicago’s QB room, the split is more along the lines of, ‘OMG how could they gave up a fourth-round pick for a player still due so much money!’
I tend to think the trade was too pricey, but that’s more because I think they could have got him for less since the Jaguars seemed intent on getting rid of him. Then again, if there truly was a small market for his services, then is a fourth-rounder too much to stabilize the position?
We still haven’t seen the actual contract numbers and if they come in at a more palatable cap hit, I’d imagine that could change the narrative around the trade.
What could also change the narrative is if Foles has a nice 2020 leading the Bears offense, and NFL.com’s David Carr believes he’ll be able to do that.
Bears fans have wondered for months now: Will Mitchell Trubisky be our starting quarterback in 2020? Well, I think you have your answer. Trubisky will likely take a backseat to Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles. Trubisky has struggled going through his reads and getting the ball to the open guy, while Foles excels at ripping through his progressions to find the right target. The veteran quarterback has done that for so long that I’m convinced he could stay in quarantine for six months, roll out of bed and run Matt Nagy’s offense well.
I realize Foles is coming off an injury-abbreviated nightmare year with the Jaguars, but that’s a thing of the past. In Chicago, he will have better offensive weapons and a ferocious defense that will routinely provide good field position. Right now, I see Foles having one of his best seasons.
2020 production: 65 percent completion rate, 4,000 pass yards, 28 TDs, 5 INTs.
If Foles does go for four-thousand yards he’ll become the franchise leader in passing yards for a season eclipsing the 3,838 from Erik Kramer in 1998. Kramer also holds the passing touchdown mark of 29, so Foles would be flirting with that too.
That predicted stat line will most assuredly get the Bears back in the playoffs as well.
Foles does have a reputation as a cerebral player, and he does have plenty of experience with Nagy’s terminology and basic scheme, which is why I think he’ll be the QB1 sooner rather than later.