Takeaways from Nick Foles’ Formal Introduction as a Chicago Bear
Nick Foles was “introduced” as a Chicago Bear over team held conference call.
For starters, let’s set the record straight. Per Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy in their 10:00 AM CDT conference call, the quarterback position is an open competition between incumbent Mitchell Trubisky and savvy veteran and newcomer Nick Foles.
Following the Pace/Nagy conference call this morning, new quarterback Nick Foles jumped on the conference call to take questions from the Chicago media.
One of the first questions Foles answered was in relation to the open competition that was laid out by the front office.
Getting started off on the right foot is important for any quarterback relationship. Foles has shown his veteran leadership and communicated with Mitchell Trubisky. Foles commented on the call that not all competition is healthy, and Foles seems to have addressed that with Trubisky before they head into training camp this season. Ultimately, it’s about what’s best for the Chicago Bears, egos aside.
As Jeff Joniak’s tweet explains, Foles is here to compete, but he is also ready to fill whatever role is needed. If he needs to complement Trubisky and be the backup, he will be. On the other hand, if the team needs him to step in and start, he is also ready for that as well.
During the call, Foles also alluded early and often to his relationship with Matt Nagy, new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, and new quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo during his various tenures with the Eagles and Chiefs. Foles also shared a story about spending a lot of time with Nagy when he first arrived in Kansas City and how that experience with him helped him build a bond with Matt Nagy. Foles used one major word to define his experience with Nagy… culture.
Without going down that rabbit hole any further, it is worth noting that Foles addressed his relationship with Doug Pederson, the coach he arguably had the most success with, and how he called the plays, just as Nagy does in Chicago. The quarterback/coach relationship is just as important as any on the field, so that is a good sign for Foles as he enters camp.
To add to everything mentioned, Foles said that he wanted to come to Chicago. He was happy to work out a restructure of his contract so that he could be traded to Chicago. Take that for what its worth, but given his history with the people on the staff, it sounds like he saw the opportunity and couldn’t resist.
Finally, the last point this article is intended to address was articulated perfectly by Adam Jahns.
It is very hard to not agree with what the above tweet says. If you, the reader, disagree then you need to go listen to the audio which can be found on ChicagoBears.com.
Foles 100% sounds like a starter. Of course, he’ll have to show it on the field, but from a mental makeup and an approach, he seems like he’s coming to Chicago to help Mitch Trubisky but also take the reins of this Chicago Bears offense in the process.
The reason this trade was ever made was to push Trubisky, now its time to see if #10 can ascend into the starter he was projected to be when he was drafted ahead of both Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes.