Bears G.M.: Trading for Nick Foles creates “open competition”

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Bears General Manager Ryan Pace — for some reason — started the offseason by insisting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was their starter.

Now that they’ve traded for Nick Foles, the company line has changed.

At a press conference this morning, both Pace and coach Matt Nagy changed their tune considerably.

“With the addition of Nick Foles it’s exactly what we talked about from the start – we want to create competition,” Pace said. “We’ve talked to both players and it’s an open competition.”

An open competition between a former Super Bowl MVP (whom Nagy referred to as “a special person”) and the rapidly regressing Trubisky might not last long. The Bears have been careful not to commit to picking up the former No. 2 overall pick’s fifth-year option, tacitly acknowledging some degree of remorse for having traded four things to move up one spot to take Trubisky, at a time when they could have had either Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson instead.

“What we’re trying to do is what’s best for the Chicago Bears,” Nagy said. “Plain and simple.”

Nagy said he’s talked about the decision with Trubisky already: “You could feel how much of a competitor Mitch is. He’s embracing it and he’s excited to get back to work.”

Nagy added that the competition was “going to be very transparent and very honest.”

If that’s the case, Trubisky could quickly become a backup.

50 responses to “Bears G.M.: Trading for Nick Foles creates “open competition”

  1. Honestly, this is a great move for the Bears. The only other option available in FA to fit the Bears was Bridgewater. Foles is going to be running the offense in Chicago and they will instantly be a much better on offense. Their entire offensive staff : Nagy, Lazor and DeFilippo all have close ties to Foles. With a new offensive staff and QB, the Bears will be a playoff team again after last years obvious regression.

  2. How this GM has a job is amazing, sure glad he does. He should consider giving another draft pick up for a QB next year too, lets make it a Chicago tradition. They are good at it.

  3. Let the best player take the QB1 spot.

    Would be nice to see the playoffs or a Superbowl.

  4. “You could feel how much of a competitor Mitch is. He’s embracing it and he’s excited to get back to work.”

    Embracing it like hugging the toilet when you have the flu.

  5. Isn’t the admission already blatantly obvious? When have you ever heard a GM admit something like that? Never.

  6. Fibbers. They didn’t pay Foles that much money to even possibly be a backup. It would be another huge fail and disaster if Foles didn’t nail down the job. He is the starter already.

  7. Foles won’t win a QB competition and with his restructured contract, he’s not even making more than Mitch. He’s on a backup salary and he is insurance if Mitch doesn’t come out the gate hot or gets an injury. Remember Foles couldn’t beat Gardner (6th round pick)for the starting QB position in Jacksonville, so much so they traded him. Not a good sign at all.

  8. Prediction: Foles wins the job. Does well for a couple games. Gets hurt. Trubisky gets them in position to draft the #2 or #3 QB in the draft next year.

  9. My money is on Foles. He’s proved that he can thrive in the right system and he’s a leader. Everyone said 2013 was a fluke (27 tds-2 int.). Then they said his 2017 playoff & Super Bowl MVP run was a fluke. Then they said his 2018 late-season playoff push was a fluke. I’m not saying he hasn’t had his struggles along the way, but he’s proved a heck of a lot more than Trubisky has in this league.

  10. Competition?
    There’s no competition in this. Foles wins going away.
    And with the kind of paydays that are being thrown around in all of this, that is a special kind of sad.
    The Bears still….!

  11. Foles is a better option than Trubisky and should make the Bears better — the $64 question is how much better?

  12. In 2020 Mitch is playing for his career.. If he bombs out he, will might be considered a a lifetime backup or future XFL QB.

  13. patrickvwashington says:
    April 3, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Remember Foles couldn’t beat Gardner (6th round pick)for the starting QB position in Jacksonville, so much so they traded him. Not a good sign at all.

    Listen.. I’m not a Foles or Bears fan. But you should get your facts straight. Foles DID in fact “beat out Gardiner.” He was the starter. He got hurt. He came back. He played poorly and was benched. So… that is what happened to be specific and correct.

  14. Foles had better work out this year or Pace will (or at least should) be unemployed next season. Trubisky was the worst draft pick ever.

  15. Quick, name the QBs that Foles has won an “open competition” against. Mitchell Trubisky will join the illustrious ranks of Case Keenum and Gardner Minshew as ho-hum QBs that beat out Nick Foles.

  16. Do any Bears fans think this really an open competition? I mean, making Foles the starter would be that the GM did a horrible job trading away another 1st to draft him instead of Watson/Mahomes and a terrible job by the GM’s choice to “coach him up” while the owner allows both to remain in control.

    The failure is on so many levels.

  17. For those who keep saying ALL THAT MONEY……Bears restricted Foles contract, he’s making 8 mil a season (24 mil guaranteed) which is less per season than Mitch. Foles is not being given anything other than a chance to compete.

    The Chicago Bears restructured the contract of Nick Foles, giving the franchise more flexibility with the former Super Bowl MVP. Foles now has three years and $24 million remaining on his contract, with $21 million still guaranteed, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He’ll make $8 million per season under his new deal.

  18. Both QB’s are solid. Neither is great. One has more experience. I think by playing Foles, the Bears are going to find out that Trubisky wasn’t the problem. He’s not Brady or Montana, but neither is Foles. I think they’re both capable, if everything else is perfect, but that’s not the case.

  19. This is a reason why I and many others respect Belichick so much. When he screws up drafting a player, he doesn’t compound the mistake by dragging it out. He admits defeat by cutting the bust quickly and moving on. Even if Trubisky has dead cap money, just draft a QB early in this QB heavy draft. Don’t bring in Foles, whose a year away from his 2nd retirement. That doesn’t do anything other than confirm what we all already know: Trubisky is not an NFL starting QB, and neither is Foles.

  20. Let’s break this down a bit more:

    – The Bears QB track record is atrocious
    – The most talented Bears QB in recent memory has been Cutler. That’s says a lot about the front office
    – No Bears QB1 has been able to sustain wins long enough to make a difference in a single season either due to poor performance or injuries
    – Bears management and coaching is above average to good at building up almost all other positions, maybe not all in the same season, but they can build up enough talent to not fully regress season-to-season EXCEPT at the QB position
    – Mitch has talent but easily loses confidence and can not recover during a game. He possibly could game-to-game but definitely not quarter-to-quarter
    – Nick Foles is probably the opposite of Mitch: he’s not as physically talented and is injury prone, but can win a game, or at a minimum NOT be the reason to lose a game and enable the rest of the team to compete

    The Bears may be the ONLY team in the NFL today that should experiment with a QB committee approach. At this point they have nothing in the traditional sense of a QB1 with work with. Make it interesting.

  21. If Foles fails, Pace needs to be gone. Sure he can find some talent in the late rounds aka Jackson, Howard, Amos, but his first round picks have handicapped a franchise that couldn’t find a first round hit with 2 hands and a flashlight. Phil Emery’s 2 first round picks have outperformed Pace’s over the last 4 seasons if that tells you something. Nothing will ever change with the Bears until they have new ownership.

  22. Fortunately, for the rest of the NFC, Pace believes having a 4 and a 6 QB = having a 10 QB. The rest of the world sees the Bears with 2 mediocre QB’s that they’re paying almost $25Mil in 2020.

  23. My money is on whomever they draft at QB, because neither Foles or Trubisky are the answer.

  24. “Foles is going to be running the offense in Chicago and they will instantly be a much better on offense.”
    __________

    Agreed. Except I suspect they’ll look just enough better to fully identify Nagy and the offense itself as being the problem.

  25. The Bears have been careful not to commit to picking up the former No. 2 overall pick’s fifth-year option, tacitly acknowledging some degree of remorse for having traded four things to move up one spot to take Trubisky, at a time when they could have had either Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson instead.
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    Mahomes is probably ok with how things turned out. But Watson may quickly be realizing the only thing great about playing in Houston is no state tax.

  26. We know Foles is good enough to win it all and beat the best team in the league in the Super Bowl.

    But it’s a far from complete team, and they’re looking at fighting their way out of 3rd place in the division, past two better-rounded teams (MN & GB), and then if they make it out of there, they’ve still got the likes of New Orleans, Seattle, San Fran, Atlanta, and oh yeah, Tom Brady’s in the conference now.

    It’s a tough row to hoe ahead.

  27. As a Packers fan, I want to thank the Bears for the past 25 years of QB futility. Here’s looking at 26!

  28. Don’t look past all of the misses by this G.M.

    Mitch was a whiff from a high risk draft and everyone knew it from Day one. But what about all of the other misses, including free agency?

    Glennon, McPhee, Sims, Parkey, Wheaton and watching him manage the final cuts, before the season is extremely painful for any bears fan!

    What does Ryan Pace have to show for his efforts? This isn’t a Bears team that is one or two playmakers away from reaching the NFC Championship Game!

  29. Pace should have an open competition at GM. Him and Pee Wee Herman.

    Pee Wee would be the Bears new GM in less than 10 seconds.

  30. Listen.. I’m not a Foles or Bears fan. But you should get your facts straight. Foles DID in fact “beat out Gardiner.” He was the starter. He got hurt. He came back. He played poorly and was benched. So… that is what happened to be specific and correct.

    Straight facts. Foles did not beat out Gardiner. He was handed QB1 job from the second he was signed. SB MVP vs. 6th round rookie. HC Marrone said, Minshew did not get 1st team reps until Foles got hurt. After the injury Foled was handed the job again. Went 0-4 and Minshew took over.

    So… that is what happened to be specific and correct.

  31. This is why the NFL is so intriguing. The Next Big Thing sometimes gets drafted with those high picks. Usually though it comes later, without much fanfare. The obvious illustration is Brady and Manning. They got to the league in very different ways yet they were the faces of the league for a very long time.

  32. You B. Crazy says:
    April 3, 2020 at 1:23 pm
    This is a reason why I and many others respect Belichick so much. When he screws up drafting a player, he doesn’t compound the mistake by dragging it out. He admits defeat by cutting the bust quickly and moving on. Even if Trubisky has dead cap money, just draft a QB early in this QB heavy draft. Don’t bring in Foles, whose a year away from his 2nd retirement. That doesn’t do anything other than confirm what we all already know: Trubisky is not an NFL starting QB, and neither is Foles.
    **********************************************************
    Another reason I respect Belichick is because he’d get to the super bowl with Trubisky. Bill is not only a great G.M., he’s also a great coach.

  33. The issue is actually their entire offense. The bears have no elite playmakers. Allen Robsinson is boarderline WR1/WR2. The rest of the receiving corps is terrible. TE dont have one. RB is anyone confident in Montgomery or Cohen? The Oline is average at best. Mitch has confidence and deep ball accuracy issues. Which the coaches cant figure out how to help him. I dont think Foles does much to improve them. He pretty much walked into a similar situation in Jacksonville last year and it was a complete failure with his injury and play after.

  34. mogogo1 spoke the truth -bigger problem than Trubisky is the offense and play calling of Nagy. Trubisky probably isn’t good enough to be a franchise quarterback but we don’t know because Bears management has kneecapped him from the start. First it was Fox as his head coach, wasting the all-important rookie year ( while Mahomes was able to watch a pro, Alex Smith and learn from him ) and then hiring Nagy, who Reid never trusted enough to let him game plan in KC. The offensive line isn’t average, they stink. Pace gave away the best running back they had in a Howard and Nagy still thinks Cohen is a good replacement for him. Way too small – he would lower his shoulder and take guys on as a rookie, now he runs out of bounds – absorbed too much of a beating already because he is too small. We Bear fans will have to suffer through another embarrassing season before the true double doinkers ( Pace and Nagy ) are let go.

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