The case for why Nick Foles will win the Chicago Bears quarterback battle.
We take another look at the Chicago Bears‘ quarterback competition. In the first of the two-part series, we looked at the reasons incumbent starter Mitchell Trubisky wins the battle. In the second part, we now look at the reasons why the newcomer, Nick Foles, wins the competition.
This should be an interesting and fun battle to follow. Both players have had their struggles throughout their careers. Trubisky has had trouble putting all his skills together to lead an effective offense.
Even in 2018, when he led the ninth-ranked offense in terms of points, the defense’s scoring had a big hand in it. Take away the six defensive touchdowns and the Bears’ points would place them in the middle of the pack. They ranked 21st in yards.
Trubisky went on to struggle again in 2019. This time, without the help of the defense, the Bears offense ranked 29th in both points and yards. That forced the Bears to bring in Foles.
Foles has had his ups and downs. In 2013, with the Philadelphia Eagles, he went 8-2 as a starter and had a league-leading passer rating of 119.2 and also led the league in yards per attempt (9.1) and yards per completion (14.2), and made the Pro Bowl. He ended up leaving the Eagles and went to St. Louis, where he only had a 4-7 record. He then moved on to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played in just three games, starting only one.
Last season, Foles played for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He got injured and played in only four games, losing them all. The Jaguars decided to go with Gardner Minshew and shipped Foles to Chicago.
Oh, and in between that time, Foles returned to the Eagles and came off the bench to lead them to two playoff runs, winning four playoff games (one against the Bears). In one of them, he led the Eagles to the Super Bowl and was the Super Bowl MVP.
Now both players need to forget their struggles and build upon their successes. The Bears hope that the competition brings out the best in them. If that happens, the offense could end up being much better than last season and with their elite defense, they could make the playoffs once again.
Here are the five reasons Foles wins the quarterback competition.