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Nick Foles has specific preference for new team if traded by Bears

Nick Foles

Nick Foles is currently the third-string quarterback for the Chicago Bears. That isn’t a role that sits well with the former Super Bowl MVP, but that doesn’t mean he wants to be traded to any old team.

Foles said familiarity with the offense is paramount in any trade, and he does not want to go somewhere that he isn’t familiar with the coaches, personnel, or scheme.

“I don’t want to go to someone that I don’t know,” Foles said, via Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk. “When you have a great coaching staff, you have something special. Big reason we were great in Philly was we had a great coaching staff. It put us in position to succeed. . . . I don’t want to just go somewhere where I don’t know them, I don’t know the offense. I’ve gone down that road before and it’s not fun.”

Foles’ stated preference doesn’t leave him with a ton of suitors. One option may have opened up due to an injury, but the Colts may just go with Jacob Eason for now. Foles clearly wants out of Chicago, where he’s buried behind Justin Fields and Andy Dalton on the depth chart, but that’s easier said than done.

5 NFL players whose jobs are in jeopardy this season

Jimmy Garoppolo

Free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft have come and gone. Both events have altered the structure of many teams. New talent has come in, old talent has been sent out, and now jobs are on the line across the NFL. That’s the nature of business in professional sports, and the NFL is certainly no different.

With that in mind, here’s a look at players whose jobs are in jeopardy as training camps looms.

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Report: Bears could not find partner for Nick Foles trade

Nick Foles

The Chicago Bears have made clear that Justin Fields will get the chance to develop while Andy Dalton holds down the starting quarterback job. There’s a third quarterback on the roster, though, who seems completely frozen out right now.

In a recent appearance on the “Ferrall Coast to Coast” podcast, SiriusXM NFL reporter Adam Caplan noted that the Bears had sought to trade quarterback Nick Foles, but failed to find a taker. The Bears even reached out to Foles’ former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, but they weren’t interested.

“They fully guaranteed his $8 million back in March,” Caplan said. “He’s on the football team. He’s not moving. They tried to trade him to Philly and other teams. Nobody wanted him. He’s still there. He’ll back up Dalton this season.”

That $8 million salary is likely a big reason why there’s no interest in Foles. Anybody who wanted a starting quarterback more or less has one by now, and that salary is very high for a backup. Things may change if there’s a quarterback injury or something like that, but for now, the Bears aren’t going to have any luck with a trade.

Plus, there are doubts about whether Foles is good enough to start for a team with any real ambitions. The 32-year-old former Super Bowl MVP did little for Chicago in 2020, throwing for 1,852 yards, 10 touchdowns, and eight interceptions in nine games.

Back before the Bears signed Dalton and drafted Fields, they were still talking up Foles as a potential starter. Obviously, that’s changed, and now both parties appear stuck with each other.

Nick Foles still viewed as potential QB option by Bears

Nick Foles

The Chicago Bears went back and forth with Nick Foles last season, and may be willing to go back again.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace defended Foles’ 2020 performance in his season-ending press conference, suggesting that the team’s offense did not put Foles in the best spot to succeed.

“I respect the way he handled a lot of adversity this year, not just for himself in the quarterback room,” Pace said, via Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times. “He was a leader in the room as a starter or as a backup. And … when he was playing, there were some things that, in fairness to him, the offensive line was a little unsettled and the run game wasn’t quite where we wanted it to be.”

Potash points out that there is a realistic chance that Foles could be the team’s quarterback in 2021. It is viewed as unlikely that the Bears will be able to trade up in the draft for a quarterback or acquire Deshaun Watson from Houston. While it’s possible the Bears could trade for a quarterback like Sam Darnold, it’s also possible that the Bears end up looking for free agent outcasts and deciding that none of them would really be an upgrade on Foles.

Foles struggled last season, going 2-5 as starter and throwing 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The Bears lacked a great offense, and Foles couldn’t make the most of it. That said, injuries didn’t help, and Foles has proven he can be effective if he has the pieces. Whether the Bears can get those for him is a different question.

Mitchell Trubisky likely to start for Bears with Nick Foles injured

Mitchell Trubisky

Mitchell Trubisky looks like he is heading for a start in Week 12 for the Chicago Bears.

Nick Foles did not practice for the Bears on Thursday due to his hip injury. He is regarded as day-to-day.

Because Foles has not practiced through Thursday, Trubisky seems like he will end up starting.

The Bears are 5-5 and have lost four in a row. Foles got hurt in the team’s Week 10 loss, though he avoided major injury. The team had a bye in Week 11 but visits Green Bay on Sunday.

Trubisky began the year as the Bears’ starter before being replaced by Foles due to poor performance. The 26-year-old dealt with a shoulder injury recently.

Nick Foles avoided major injury on hit that led to him being carted off

Nick Foles carted off

Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles left Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings on a cart after taking a big hit, but fortunately it sounds like he avoided a major injury.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported on Tuesday that tests have revealed no fractured or broken hip for Foles, which was the initial fear.

“Initial tests are extremely positive. There was no sign of a break, according to sources, in the hip,” Garafolo said. “The immediate fear was there was a fracture in the hip, but tests taken at the stadium did not reveal a fracture.”

Foles was slammed to the turf while throwing an incompletion on a first down play with his team down 19-13 with 44 seconds left. He appeared to be in serious pain before being carted off. You can see a video of the hit here.

Foles had his worst game of the season in Chicago’s 19-13 loss. He completed 15-of-26 passes for just 106 yards and an interception. Tyler Bray entered the game in his place as Mitchell Trubisky was inactive due to a shoulder injury.

The Bears have a bye in Week 11, and it sounds like Foles has a chance to return after that based on the initial optimism about his hip injury.

Nick Foles carted off with injury after being slammed down on tackle

Nick Foles carted off

Nick Foles was carted off the field after suffering an apparent injury in the final minute of the Chicago Bears’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.

Foles was slammed to the turf while throwing an incompletion on a first down play with his team down 19-13 with 44 seconds left.

Foles was down in apparent pain and ended up being taken off on a stretcher.

Foles struggled in the game and went 15/26 for 106 yards and an interception. It was his worst performance of the season. Tyler Bray entered the game in Foles’ place as Mitch Trubisky was inactive due to a shoulder injury.

The Bears have now lost four in a row since their 5-1 start. The team may become Trubisky’s again if he gets cleared from his shoulder injury and Foles has to miss time.

Brett Favre: Eagles should have kept Nick Foles over Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL this season, but the Philadelphia Eagles continue to stand by him. If you ask Brett Favre, they should have parted ways with the former first-round pick roughly two years ago.

In an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” this week, Favre said he believes the Eagles made the wrong choice sticking with Wentz over Nick Foles. The Hall of Famer said he understands Philadelphia focusing on Wentz’s upside, but he’s surprised they didn’t name Foles their starter after Foles led them to a Super Bowl win.

“I actually thought that they should have kept Nick Foles rather than Carson Wentz just based off of production and where they got to,” Favre said, as transcribed by Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “They won a Super Bowl with Foles. And that was a little bit surprising. They’re obviously banking on his upside. How many more years do you let it linger before you stick with (Wentz) or cut bait? That’s a question they only can answer.”

Favre also shared some insight into what he thinks has gone wrong with Wentz.

“I’m gonna heir on the side of lack of consistency — who are you throwing to — more than anything,” Favre said. “They’ve had to mix players in and out. That being said, other quarterbacks have managed to handle that very well. I get the other side of the argument that you gotta make it work.”

It’s important to remember that the Eagles were 11-2 with Wentz as their starter before Foles took over in 2017. The former No. 2 overall pick played at an MVP-caliber level for stretches, so the Wentz we are seeing this season is not the one Philly chose over Foles. Still, it’s fair to wonder if Foles would have been a better fit.

Wentz has thrown 12 interceptions this season, which is the most in the NFL. His passer rating of 73.2 is better than only Sam Darnold’s. Despite that and a 3-4-1 record, the Eagles are in first in the NFC East. We were reminded again recently of how head coach Doug Pederson feels about Wentz. No big changes appear to be on the horizon in Philly — at least for now.

Nick Foles clarifies playcall issue with Matt Nagy

Nick Foles

Brian Griese provided some commentary during Monday night’s game between the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams that indicated there is a disconnect between Nick Foles and Bears head coach Matt Nagy, but the quarterback says Griese must have misinterpreted something.

With the Bears trailing 24-10 late in the fourth quarter, Griese said on the ESPN broadcast that he spoke with Foles the day before about playcalls the quarterback gets from the sideline. According to Griese, Foles said a playcall will sometimes come in from Nagy and Foles knows from the start the play is not going to work.

Here’s the clip of Griese’s explanation:

“(Foles) said, ‘Sometimes playcalls come in and I know that I don’t have time to execute that playcall. I’m the one out here getting hit. Sometimes the guy calling the plays, Matt Nagy, he doesn’t know how much time there is back here,'” Griese recalled. “That’s something that they have to get worked out.”

Both Foles and Nagy were asked about the commentary after the game. Nagy insisted that conversation is not one he and Foles have had and that he was unsure of what Griese meant. Foles explained that Griese misinterpreted what the quarterback was trying to say.

“There might be times where we go through it beforehand and say, ‘What do you think?’ And there’s times where you’ve got to get the ball out quick and whatnot. But in those situations, Matt and I have a great relationship on the sideline,” Foles said, via Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times. “In that situation with Brian, it was just a miscommunication because that’s not what I was trying to bring across in that conversation.”

Foles said what he was trying to convey to Griese was how he and Nagy make adjustments during games. The quarterback said those are productive conversations.

“We were talking about game situations and Coach Nagy’s and [my] conversations and our relationship,” Foles added. “Part of that was [that sometimes I say], ‘Hey, maybe we don’t have the time right now for this type of drop because of what they’re bringing, the pressures they’re bringing.’ It’s easier with that to go, ‘Hey, 1, 2, 3, ball out.’ That’s where the miscommunication lies.”

Even if there is no disconnect between Nagy and Foles, the Bears need to find ways to score more points. Their defense gave them plenty of opportunities to stay in the game, but Foles and company sputtered all night. Chicago’s only touchdown was a defensive score late in the game. The lowlight on offense was a pathetic attempt to convert on 4th down while trailing 24-3.

The Bears are 5-2, but performances like the one we saw on Monday night are why many believe they’re pretenders. Another tough matchup awaits against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Tom Brady has no good explanation for Nick Foles handshake snubs

Tom Brady Bucs

Tom Brady has failed to shake hands with Nick Foles twice after being beaten by him, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has no good reason why.

Brady’s New England Patriots lost to Foles’ Philadelphia Eagles 41-33 in Super Bowl LII in early 2018. Brady did not shake Foles’ hand after that game. Foles took the high road when asked about the matter.

Then three weeks ago, Foles’ Chicago Bears beat Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-19. Brady made a huge mental mistake at the end of the loss. He appeared to be so frustrated with himself and embarrassed that he ran off the field once again without shaking hands. Foles took it easy on Brady yet again.

Brady is used to winning, so many think he doesn’t know how to handle it when he loses.

The Buccaneers quarterback was asked about the Foles snubs and said he didn’t even think about it.

“I didn’t even think about that,” Brady said Thursday, via the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud. “I think Nick Foles is a hell of a player and a Super Bowl champ. I don’t know one reason or another why I wouldn’t do that. Sometimes I run off the field, sometimes I haven’t. Sometimes if I have a personal relationship, like I have with Drew (Brees) and Justin (Herbert) and Aaron (Rodgers) over the years…I don’t know, I don’t think it’s anything particular other than I have great admiration for Nick and I think he’s a hell of a player. They’re off to a great start.”

Foles again took the high road.

Brady is trying to be complimentary of Foles and make it clear that he doesn’t hold a personal thing against the veteran quarterback. The explanation is more likely that Brady is just so ticked off after the losses that he just runs into the tunnel. You know what that makes Brady? A poor sport. He should keep in mind that being cordial to one’s opponent after a game should come after a win or a loss and remember to do that after his defeats.