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 NFL.com’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.
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.
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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.
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.
Matt Nagy: This open QB competition between Mitch and Nick… number one what we're trying to do is what's best for the Chicago Bears. Ryan and I have had great talks w/ both of them. It's gonna be very transparent & it's gonna be very honest. When I talked to Mitch, speaks to
who he is, he's a competitor and he's embracing it and he's ready to get back to work … Mitch is really embracing it. He's had an unbelievable personality throughout it … Nick has been great as well. He's a special person… He's been in this position before and he's
handled it great. It's gonna be a process evaluated over time. And like Ryan said, it's a collaboration (mentions other coaches). Ultimately what it really comes down to is winning, scoring points, physical and mental toughness, commanding leadership.
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.
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.
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.
Hearing from a source Bears trying to get involved with trading for Nick Foles. Bears are all over this QB market.
Source: #Bears are focused on acquiring Andy Dalton or Nick Foles – both veteran quarterbacks who have played for either Matt Nagy or members of coaching staff. There’s a sense in the organization that Mitchell Trubisky should be forced to compete for the starting position.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, however, the Bears may have a hard time prying Foles away from Jacksonville.
Teams have approached Jacksonville about Nick Foles for weeks. To date Jacksonville has been unwilling to trade him. It still feels that way. But never know what happens if another team gets aggressive.
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.
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.