There won’t be a more interesting quarterback competition in the NFL for the 2020 season than the Chicago Bears. Around this time last year, Mitchell Trubisky being the franchise QB for years to come was the consensus around the organization, the league, and the fans. That has taught us one thing, a lot can change in one year. A trade that sent our compensatory fourth round draft pick to Jacksonville for Nick Foles has shaken up the entire roster. Instead of rolling with Trubisky for 2020 with no other option (Chase Daniel signing with Detroit), the Bears rolled the dice and acquired a Super Bowl MVP to spice up the QB position. On top of that huge move, the Bears declined Mitch’s fifth year option and will become a free agent at the end of this upcoming season if the Bears do not extend him.
There are quite a few facts to consider going into this season. The Bears QB Coach, John DeFilippo, was the Eagles QB Coach in 2017 when Nick Foles took Philly to the Super Bowl and beat Brady, Belichick, and the Patriots. Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor was the Eagles QB Coach back in 2013 when Foles threw for 27 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions. Matt Nagy was the Offensive Quality Coach for the Eagles in 2012 and the Offensive Coordinator for Chiefs in 2017, both teams where Nick Foles was rostered at the time. This all being said, Nick Foles is not coming into Chicago needing to study and get to the drawing board. He already knows this offense and has already been praised by Nagy for that.
There hasn’t been many years where Foles was the clear cut starter going into week 1. Last year was his time to shine. After returning from a broken collarbone injury that sidelined him for more than ten weeks, he never seemed to find his rhythm and thus, not living up to his hefty contract. This is partly why the Bears were able to get Foles at such a low price. Whether he lives up to his Super Bowl MVP hype or replicates last years production, we won’t know until we give him the ball, and that’s what I believe the Bears will do week 1 going into Detroit.
Two years ago today, Nick Foles threw the biggest dime in NFL history. pic.twitter.com/jvJLzRlhBv
— Brenden Deeg (@eaglestalk_) January 21, 2020