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Report: Nick Foles leading Bears’ QB competition

Nick Foles

It appears that the veteran is leading the Chicago Bears’ quarterback competition.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on “SportsCenter” Saturday that there is a growing belief that Nick Foles has the advantage in his competition with Mitchell Trubisky.

“Bears still believe Mitch Trubisky is getting better, but the buzz is growing a bit that Nick Foles has the slight upper hand right now,” Fowler said, via Jaylon Thompson of 247Sports. “Next week will be huge for this battle, but Foles’ experience is starting to show up a little bit, a little more accurate. Trubisky’s had some problems with accuracy, but he has played pretty well over the past month, so Trubisky is still in it. So we’ll see what happens this week.”

This is how many expected things to go. There was some thought that Trubisky’s familiarity with the offensive might give him an edge, but that doesn’t seem to be holding. His coach hasn’t exactly backed him either.

Foles is an accomplished veteran with plenty of experience. He may not be elite, but he’s a safe option and won’t turn the ball over excessively. He probably has more upside than Trubisky right now, too.

Bears coach says Nick Foles at a ‘disadvantage’ in QB competition

Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky are set to compete for the Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback job over the next several weeks, but head coach Matt Nagy says the coronavirus pandemic has likely given Trubisky the upper hand by default.

With teams unable to hold organized team activities and preseason games officially canceled, Nagy told reporters on Wednesday that Trubisky has a leg up in the competition due to the structure of the offseason.

“I think for sure it’s an absolute more of a disadvantage not having what he could’ve had, building the relationship and more specifically the timing with the wide receivers that you get in the OTAs, where you can route after route after route after route,” Nagy said, per’s Kevin Patra. “You get to see and feel how guys time up their motions. For sure that would be a disadvantage. It’s something that he could’ve had that doesn’t have.”

But even with Foles having less time to acclimate to his new team, the Bears still intend to hold a true open competition. Nagy said he believes both quarterbacks are up to the task, and he intends to be transparent with each of them.

“As we’re going through this (competition), if one of the quarterbacks is stinking it up, and he’s playing like crap, we’re going to tell you that you’re playing like crap,” the coach said. “And if you’re playing really well, we’re going to tell you that in front of the other one. They’re both going to know if someone’s playing good and someone’s playing good or someone’s playing bad and someone’s playing bad. They’re going to know that.”

Trubisky has largely been a disappointment since the Bears drafted him second overall three years ago. Many believed Foles would easily win the starting job after Chicago traded for him, but Trubisky sounds more motivated than ever to prove the doubters wrong.

If Trubisky does win the job, he will likely be on a very short leash. The same may not be true for Foles, as Nagy could give him more time to prove himself since he’s new to the offense.

5 most intriguing NFL position battles entering training camp

Mitchell Trubisky

We don’t quite know what NFL training camp will look like this year, but when it comes down to it, expect a lot of the same narratives to emerge as usual. Teammates will be battling each other for starting roles while coaches make difficult decisions about who has earned the right to start at key positions.

Which of these battles are worth keeping a close eye on? Here are five to watch this preseason.


Nick Foles has funny ‘Philly Special’ advice for Peyton Manning

Nick Foles Jags

One of the more entertaining parts of “The Match” on Sunday was the various athletes weighing in via social media.

Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles had one of the better takes on Twitter, giving Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods some advice in the event of a comeback by Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson.

Foles is, of course, referring to the famous play that his Philadelphia Eagles used against the Patriots in Super Bowl LII that played a major role in the Eagles’ victory. It was a play that helped lead to one of Brady’s three Super Bowl losses.

Brady has suggested that loss still bothers him deeply. Foles is really hitting him where it hurts.

Bears GM says Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Foles will have ‘open competition’

Mitchell Trubisky

It has been roughly three months since the Chicago Bears all but committed to Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback for 2020, but the former first-round pick’s job is no longer secure. The team confirmed that on Friday.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace told reporters during a conference call that there will be an “open competition” at the quarterback position this offseason. That seemed obvious after Chicago acquired Nick Foles in a trade, but Pace has now gone on the record.

Foles reportedly restructured his contract to facilitate a trade to the Bears, but he is still guaranteed $50 million over the next three years. That certainly is not backup money, and it would make the most sense financially for Chicago if Foles won the job.

Despite what they have said about Trubisky publicly, the Bears clearly do not have confidence in the 25-year-old. They targeted other big-name quarterbacks before acquiring Foles, so it seems like the plan all along was to bring in another veteran who has a chance to earn the Week 1 starting job.

Nick Foles traded to Bears for fourth-round pick

Nick Foles Jags

The Chicago Bears have been hunting for a quarterback, and it seems they now have one.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bears will acquire Nick Foles from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a compensatory fourth-round pick. NFL Media’s Mike Garofolo reported that Foles will restructure his contract to facilitate the deal.

Despite the restructure, Foles will be making a lot of money. He’s still guaranteed $50 million over the next three years. That will make for an interesting quarterback competition with Mitchell Trubisky, as the Bears probably won’t want to pay Foles big money to sit on the bench.

Foles has been frequently named as a Bears target and now they got him. He’s a Super Bowl MVP who has worked with Matt Nagy before, but injuries ruined his Jacksonville career. The Bears will be hoping that a fresh start will allow him to reset and be productive again, because Trubisky has not been doing the job.

Report: Nick Foles, Andy Dalton are trade targets for Bears

Nick Foles Jags

It’s pretty clear that the Chicago Bears are ready to upgrade the quarterback position.

According to Michael Lombardi of The Athletic, the Bears are looking into a trade for Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles. ESPN’s Ed Werder added that they are also looking at Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, however, the Bears may have a hard time prying Foles away from Jacksonville.

One would think the Jaguars would want to get out from under Foles’ four year, $88 million deal, and he’s definitely attracting interest. They clearly don’t have total faith in Gardner Minshew at this point.

As for the Bears, rumors are definitely indicating that they’re looking for competition for Mitchell Trubisky, at the very least. It seems likely at this point that they’ll be adding a veteran quarterback.

Nick Foles reportedly drawing trade interest from teams

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Nick Foles to a four-year, $88 million contract last offseason, but there is no guarantee he will be the team’s starting quarterback in 2020. Actually, there is no guarantee he will be with the team at all.

The Jaguars are planning to hold an open competition this offseason between Foles and Gardner Minshew, but Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that teams are monitoring the situation and have interest in trading for Foles. Jacksonville is not actively shopping the former Philadelphia Eagles hero, however.

Foles broke his collarbone in the first game of the season last year, and “Minshew Mania” quickly became a thing. Foles then got his starting job back late in the season when Minshew seemed to come back to earth, but he didn’t play well and was benched during halftime of his third game back.

The quarterback market is fairly deep this offseason, with big names like Tom Brady and Philip Rivers looking for work and other mid-tier guys that could land starting jobs. Once free agency plays out, the teams that came up empty could turn their attention toward pursuing Foles. Depending upon the value of any potential trade offers, the Jaguars may be content to get out of Foles’ contract and give Minshew a chance.

Report: Jaguars could move on from Doug Marrone, not Nick Foles

Doug Marrone

Nick Foles has been benched in favor of rookie Gardner Minshew for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, but that does not mean the Jacksonville Jaguars are giving up on their big free agent acquisition.

Foles signed a four-year, $88 million contract with the Jaguars last offseason that included $50 million guaranteed. There’s no easy way to cut ties with a player after giving him that much money, and two NFL executives told Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman that they believe Marrone could be fired as a result of Foles’ struggles.

The execs feel it is “highly likely” that the Jaguars give Foles another shot next season, but it may be with a new coaching staff in place. Foles obviously enjoyed great success with the Philadelphia Eagles, yet Jacksonville has not won a game since he returned from a collarbone injury and he has thrown two touchdowns compared to two interceptions in three starts since coming back.

The Jaguars could be making major changes this offseason, as it is not a guarantee that executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin will be back in 2020. Even if Gardner Minshew has played better than Foles, trading Foles after just giving him a massive contract would be no easy task. You can’t blame Jacksonville’s brass for not wanting to give up on him after a handful of games.

Marrone is clearly on the hot seat with the Jaguars sporting a 4-8 record. There was talk that he could lose his job two years ago before the team rode its dominant defense to the AFC Championship Game, but it has been all downhill since. Marrone has had some highly publicized issues with star players over the past year or two, and it’s possible the Jaguars will want to introduce a new voice to the locker room next season.

10 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 13

Bill Belichick

There are only four weeks to go in the NFL regular season, which means we’ll be watching a lot of huge games in the weeks to come. With bye weeks finished and everybody in action the rest of the way, every game is big in some way, even if the outcomes only affect draft position. Sunday was no different, effectively kicking off the stretch run of the season.

Here are 10 big disappointments from Week 13.

New England Patriots

The Patriots entered Sunday night with the best record in the league at 10-1 and the No. 1 defense. But they looked nothing like the best team in the league during their loss at Houston. The offense struggled to get anything going for most of the game, with Tom Brady taking sacks and complaining about his receivers’ inability to get open. The defense allowed four touchdowns in what was their worst performance since the Baltimore loss. Even kicker Kai Forbath missed an extra point. The Pats are 2-2 in their last four and their 22 points (mostly in garbage time Sunday night) was their high mark during that span. Brady seems to have seen this coming.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles looked like a disaster, particularly on defense, against the lowly Miami Dolphins. They were victimized by one of the better trick plays we’ve seen, sure, but Miami also put up 409 yards of total offense on them and totally deserved to win the game. Add in lingering concerns about how good Carson Wentz really is, and the Eagles have a lot to think about. Losses like this tend to cause a reckoning in Philadelphia.