Bears’ offense has been worse since Nick Foles became the starter

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In Week Three, the Bears benched a struggling Mitchell Trubisky for Nick Foles, and they promptly came back from a 26-10 deficit to beat the Falcons 30-26. It looked like Foles was the right man to lead their offense.

In four games since then, it has looked a lot different.

The Bears’ offense has actually been worse in the four games started by Foles than it was with Trubisky, including last night’s ugly showing in a 24-10 loss to the Rams.

Since Foles became the Bears’ starter in Week Four, the Bears are dead last in the NFL with an average of 263 yards per game. In the three games Trubisky started, the Bears’ offense was never held under 300 yards. The Bears have gained fewer than 300 yards in all four games Foles has started. The Bears averaged 22.0 first downs in Trubisky’s two full games; they’ve averaged 17.5 first downs in Foles’ four full games.

Foles has worse stats than Trubisky across the board, whether judging by passer rating (Trubisky is at 87.4 and Foles at 77.6), ESPN’s QBR metric (Trubisky is at 56.4 and Foles at 46.2) or yards per attempt (Trubisky 6.5, Foles 5.9). Trubisky and Foles have both thrown six touchdown passes this season, but Foles has thrown six interceptions while Trubisky threw three. Trubisky is also a threat as a runner who was averaging 10.9 yards per carry on the season; Foles actually has negative rushing yards this season.

From all appearances, Bears coach Matt Nagy has made his decision and is sticking with Foles as the starter. But there’s little reason to believe Foles is going to turn the Bears’ offense around. He did it briefly against a Falcons team known for allowing fourth-quarter comebacks, but he hasn’t done it since.

31 responses to “Bears’ offense has been worse since Nick Foles became the starter

  1. The game was really sad to Bears fans for 2 reasons:
    1. Stink, stank, stunk. The Bears offense defined all variations of the term.
    2. It was a theme you will see again every time the Bears face a team with a good D line. No run game, no time for anything more that the 4 yard dinks and no completed passes over 10 yards until the Bears are down by 20 or more point in the 4th quarter and its garbage time.
    As a fan I don’t mind the Bears losing but the game was no fun to watch because it was so one sided.
    PS: Trubisky had zilch to do with this one. There is a reason Foles is on team #5

  2. The defense can’t carry the team. This further implies that Trubisky isn’t/wasn’t the problem. Get your $h!t together Nagy, swallow your pride and give up the play calling. Pace get some offensive linemen! Cody Whitehair is the only offensive lineman on the team. Lastly, the Bears need a compliment to Monty, Patterson and Cohen are not NFL RB’s!

  3. Foles doesn’t pass the eye test. The defense is less effective too with Foles because if he aint going 3 and out then he is throwing a pick. The defense is gassed because Foles keeps bringing them onto the field. Foles is easily the worst qb in the division. In fact he just might be the worst starting QB in the nfl

  4. It’s really embarrassing to have given the game away to this crap team with no talent on offense other than Allen Robinson

  5. Look at the teams that Foles played versus what Trubisky played. These stats are a little skewed when it comes to that metric.

  6. I hope Trubisky signs with another team and pulls a Tannehill.

    Nagy is on his way to becoming Gabe
    2.0

  7. This is exactly what Foles does. Sometimes he looks like Joe Montana and other times Ryan Leaf.

  8. It’s time for George to start looking for a new GM. Both he and Nagy stink something terrible. Total ineptetude. The Bears will never be good with these two idiots running this team. All my life I’ve been a Bears fan, Maybe its time to flush this whole thing.

  9. Well this is no surprise really. Foles has been a terrible starting quarterback forever, except for one year when he had a very talented offense around him.

  10. “In the three games Trubisky started, the Bears’ offense was never held under 300 yards.”

    The opponents in those three games? The Lions, the Giants, and the Falcons. Three mighty defenses there!

  11. The OL is the main problem. No running game and pass protection is garbage against a good defense.
    Foles is a pocket QB.
    Trubisky has better stats because he can run and scramble to buy more time.
    Foles or Trubisky, you can’t win against a good team if you don’t fix the OL.

  12. I hope Trubisky signs with another team and pulls a Tannehill.

    Nagy is on his way to becoming Gase
    2.0

  13. It is amazing reading this article and some of the comments….it is clear reality eludes many. While Foles is not Montana there is zero chance anyone can QB behind that line. There is no mention about Trubisky playing behind a much healthier O line but that is because this article is a hastily written and poorly researched clickbait exercise. The Chicago problem is one of talent and COACHING! 4th and 1 and you hand off 4 yards deep?

  14. Look at who the defenses were in the last 4 games versus who they were in games Mitch started. Pretty asinine to not mention that when comparing. Foles has had to go against a few of the best defenses in the league. Mitch had cupcakes and was still hot garbage.

  15. Not a Bears fan, but have always had respect for the organization. Yes, the Bears currently have problems on offense. But with that defense, I think they will still make the playoffs—which is the major goal, correct?

  16. campcouch says:
    October 27, 2020 at 8:51 am

    No clue why they gave Trubisky the hook anyway. Dude had one poor half and got yanked.
    _______________________________________________________________________________

    For reals dude???

  17. The Bears gave up all that money, all that cap space and all those draft picks for a guy who got them 1 tackle in a loss. I’m sure the Bears now wish they still had all that capital to fix their pathetic offense. An offense that can’t score 20 points when the rest of the league is in a scoring frenzy.
    All this when the cap is shrinking dramatically next year… No matter how you try and rationalize it – the Mack trade set this team back 5 years. Things are going to get ugly as the Bears continue to lose with no help on the horizon. Maybe they can trade Mack for a QB and some draft picks…

  18. Foles family must all be posting at the same time because some of you obviously are not watching what is happening on the field. The guy is just throwing the ball up for grabs and at this rate he will lead the NFL in INTs by the end of the season. If your O line can’t block and your QB can’t run, guess what, you’re done. He will turn over the ball worse than Jay Cutler ever did.

  19. sponz says:
    October 27, 2020 at 11:24 am
    The Bears gave up all that money, all that cap space and all those draft picks for a guy who got them 1 tackle in a loss. I’m sure the Bears now wish they still had all that capital to fix their pathetic offense. An offense that can’t score 20 points when the rest of the league is in a scoring frenzy.
    All this when the cap is shrinking dramatically next year… No matter how you try and rationalize it – the Mack trade set this team back 5 years. Things are going to get ugly as the Bears continue to lose with no help on the horizon. Maybe they can trade Mack for a QB and some draft picks…
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    No, not even close to true. Mack has been one of the best defenders in the league since he got here—not just speaking as a fan. Speaking objectively. He grades out as one of the top defenders in the game, per PFF. And he’s one of the only players that gets consisent pressure. Without him, the defense doesn’t really work.

    He was never the issue. Paying players like both of the terrible tackles, not signing a guard that can actually play when Long went downhill then retired, paying guys like Cohen and Patterson (instead of Allen Robinson and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD any offensive linemen), and complete mismanagement of the QB position are what has set this team back. Pace has made a series of god awful decisions on offense. The defense has been fine. The Mack trade made the defense work. The complete incompetence from Pace on the offensive side of the ball is the problem.

  20. Anyone who is comparing defenses when Trubisky started and when Foles started is ignoring that even against the Panthers he still couldn’t get the offense going and they have nothing but young players on defense. In fact, he hasn’t looked in a single game as a starter.

  21. The Bears definitely pulled Trubisky too soon. They probably lost him mentally and can’t bring him back. Should have went with him for a while longer because now they are stuck with Foles.

  22. I’ve been saying this for years now, and I said it again when Nagy foolishly gave Nick Foles the starting job after the Falcons game. And I’ll say it again for the thickheaded football fan who still thinks Nick Foles is a good starting quarterback. HE ISN’T. He’s only good when it’s understood that he’s only the backup. The moment he’s given the starting job, he turns into fool’s gold. Nagy should have just played it by ear, taking it game by game. Foles would have played better that way. Now he’s stuck with Foles Gold and he’s already thrown Trubisky under the bus, killing whatever trust and confidence Trubisky had in him. Idiot!

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