Nick Foles still a candidate to be Bears’ starting quarterback

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The Bears would love to make a splash this offseason by trading for a franchise quarterback like Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson. But if they can’t pull that off, the fallback option may be sticking with the quarterback they have: Nick Foles.

Foles remains under contract to the Bears at an affordable salary cap number of $6.7 million in 2021. Foles’ dead cap number would be higher than that, so there’s no salary cap incentive for the Bears to get rid of him. Mitchell Trubisky becomes a free agent on March 17 and is not expected to be back in Chicago, but there’s every reason to believe Foles will remain on the roster.

As noted by the Chicago Sun-Times, Bears General Manager Ryan Pace has sounded positive when talking about Foles this offseason.

“I respect the way he handled a lot of adversity this year, not just for himself in the quarterback room,” Pace said. “He was a leader in the room as a starter or as a backup. And . . . when he was playing, there were some things that, in fairness to him, the offensive line was a little unsettled and the run game wasn’t quite where we wanted it to be.”

Pace knows his job is on the line if the Bears don’t improve in 2021, and it’s hard to believe he wouldn’t want to upgrade at quarterback this offseason. But upgrading at quarterback can be easier said than done, and the Bears may survey the scene and find that they can’t get anyone better than Foles.

56 responses to “Nick Foles still a candidate to be Bears’ starting quarterback

  1. I don’t see how this is an upgrade from Mithch Trubisky. The problem was trading up to pick Trubisky in the first place. Why don’t they offer the Jets a first and a 2nd in 2022 for Darnold and their problems will be solved.

  2. There are 31 other teams that at best, Foles would be a backup. He is terrible. I highly doubt the Bears pull off a Watson or Wilson deal.

  3. I would rather see them sign Mitch to a reasonable 2 year deal. He has more upside than Foles.

  4. Stick with Foles and, when healthy, he can be a playmaker, now that he had another year under his belt. I wish him luck.

  5. “…and find they can’t get anyone better than Foles.”

    I would take Cam, Dalton, Fitzmagic, and Alex Smith over Foles

  6. If Foles is candidate to start, then the Bears are also a candidate for a high draft choice, new coach and me GM in 2022.

  7. Remember that time Trey Burton threw a TD pass to Nick Foles in the Super Bowl? It was glorious.

  8. I’m a 50 year plus Packer fan who never once has had to worry about how the Packers will defend a Bears QB. Not once.

  9. Look at this Mariota and Winston and Trubisky will be available. Those are the top QBs of their years drafted. None of them worked out. All will be available as free agents for low prices. Come to think of it Sam darnold is available for a trade also.

  10. The Bears aren’t showing their hand. Trubisky is still a very young QB, and he’s still improving. He probably won’t get any really high offers, so the Bears could lock him up at a fairly reasonable number. No coach or GM is going to want Russell Wilson unless they’re very secure. Or if the owner insists. I don’t think Watson is better than Trubisky. Foles is a good backup. I think they’ll keep who they have, or draft a QB. As the Bears well know, the QBs don’t always come off the board in the correct order, so you never know who will be there when you pick.

  11. Bears had that small window of great D and Mack, Wilson or Watson won’t make them better, no one to throw to.

  12. HeavyD says:
    February 28, 2021 at 8:34 am
    I’m a 50 year plus Packer fan who never once has had to worry about how the Packers will defend a Bears QB. Not once.

    ====================

    The Superbowl is won by going through a lot more than just one team and their QB. Here’s a small reminder, Giants, Seahawks, Niners, Bucs, etc. Start worrying!

  13. Files was benched by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Let that sink in.
    Foles is a solid backup QB. However, he has proven time an time again that he is a lousy starting QB.

  14. That only makes sense if they really like the QB they drafted, Mac Jones or Trey Lance perhaps.

    I’d rather have Trubisky (well neither really), but fun to my head Mitchell has more life in his arm and legs.

    If Miami is seriously pursuing Watson, Tua makes a lot of sense for the Bears. I say that as someone who really wants Tua to stay where he is. It’s really hard to believe that Miami wouldn’t be the team to get Watson if Houston makes that decision.

  15. Yeah Foles , may not be a true starting or franchise Qb. The guy did win a SuperBowl. He played great in that game it didn’t just happen. He was lights out in the NFCCG two weeks prior. Someone mentioned the philly special. It was Foles not Pederson who suggested it.

    He’s had an odd career to say the least. Call his SB win a fluke or whatever, he’s got one. He didn’t get to the big stage and mess himself like a former LA qb did.

  16. As a life long Eagles fan and eternal Nick Foles supporter, even I have to admit that he is not your answer, Chicago. Although, he usually performs best when you’ve lost any and all hope, so maybe he’s set up for his last hurrah.

  17. It will be interesting to see if the Bears end up without a chair (or with a crappy chair) after this off-season game of musical QB chairs.

  18. silverspoonwoodyjohnson says:
    February 28, 2021 at 5:47 am
    I don’t see how this is an upgrade from Mithch Trubisky. The problem was trading up to pick Trubisky in the first place. Why don’t they offer the Jets a first and a 2nd in 2022 for Darnold and their problems will be solved.
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    Trade a 1st and a 2nd away for Darnold, who on a good day, is no better than Mitch Trubisky? Hahahahahahahahaah

  19. If I was Chicago, I would draft a QB like Mac Jones if he is still available at number 20 then I would start Foles and let him mentor Jones. As an Eagles fan I have seen just how good Nick Foles can be. With that said, I am hoping Howie makes a trade to bring Foles back to Philly where he belongs and just plays better!

  20. How many teams has Foles played for now? If he was any good he wouldn’t be bouncing from team to team.

  21. Da’ Bears may want to get used to the view of the rear of the Pack and Vik’s because this looks like a mess at the most pivotal position on the field that may last for years. Hard to draft a good QB with 7-9 and 8-8 finishes. Trade for one and too much capital lost. Sign a good FA and salary cap hell to follow. Trubisky mistake could set this franchise back a decade.

  22. dabears70 says:
    February 28, 2021 at 6:52 am
    I would rather see them sign Mitch to a reasonable 2 year deal. He has more upside than Foles.
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    Foles’ Upside was a 117 rating season and a SB MVP. You are saying Trubisky will do better?

  23. Blaming Foles and Mitch is ridiculous. They need to improve the receivers group. Then have few more RB. Also improve defense that has been giving 30 points in each critical game

  24. Can’t find a better dude than Foles, but it appears he’s hit his ceiling already. That being said, he still holds as many rings as Aaron Rodgers.

  25. Translation of the Ryan Pace quote: “I’ve totally FUBAR’d our quarterback situation but Foles is all I’ve got so I have to say nice things about him. I’m not going to mention Trubisky because that will only remind you how incompetent I am.”

  26. I am an Eagles fan and have great respect for Nick Foles and not just because he brought us a long awaited Super Bowl.
    I think he has another Super Bowl run in him.
    Maybe beat Brady (again) and Tampa in the Super Bowl in LA in 2022.
    Bears need a better running game and a stronger offensive line.
    Nick had no time last year.

  27. If you don’t have a good offensive line, it doesn’t matter who your QB is. As the Chiefs found out in the Super Bowl.

  28. What’s the compensation in a draft pick next year when Mitch signs elsewhere……How does that work……He was a 1 initially…..So he has to be worth something as a compensatory pick????

  29. I don’t believe the problem is the QB. I believe it is the system. Fix the play calling and you fix the QB.

  30. It doesn’t matter if your five starting offensive linemen are named Turnstile, Swinging Gate, Whoops, Look Out! and Holding….No QB will make it with that line the Bears have.

  31. The Foles hatred is unreal. The guy has never had a real shot at being a starter since his first Eagles stint. He gets hurt, has a tough stretch, and everyone craps on him. Meanwhile, he’s literally in the HOF for TD’s in a game, led the Eagles through the end of 2017 and to a Lombardi. I’d take him back in a second.

  32. That’s just wonderful! Foles is a 6-10 or worse, QB . Pace & Nagy get fired and the same clowns that have been hiring & firing GM’s since ‘95 can screw it up once again! The Bears organization should be the posterchild for Einstein’s “INSANITY” principle……

  33. Brady can do more with less than just about any QB, buteven Brady can’t overcome a poor offensive line in combination with mediocre or worse receivers and a weak running game. So why would anyone expect Nick Foles to do any better?

    Unless the Bears miraculously find a superior QB, stick with Foleand his ridiculously inexpensive contract and make the offensive line the first priority! In addition, get him some help from upgrades at receiver and then we can evaluate Foles. Many of you will be so amazed that he is a much better QB than you thought!

  34. eaglesmancave, what the hell are you smoking?? open the window in that cave!! Hall of fame? Must be some good stuff!!

  35. youcanthandlethetruth says:
    March 1, 2021 at 5:27 am
    Brady can do more with less than just about any QB, buteven Brady can’t overcome a poor offensive line in combination with mediocre or worse receivers and a weak running game. So why would anyone expect Nick Foles to do any better?

    Unless the Bears miraculously find a superior QB, stick with Foleand his ridiculously inexpensive contract and make the offensive line the first priority! In addition, get him some help from upgrades at receiver and then we can evaluate Foles. Many of you will be so amazed that he is a much better QB than you thought.
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    Foles played like an all star with the Eagles. Anywhere else Foles has went, he’s been mediocre at best. Get him an OL and some receivers and we will see what he can do? Meanwhile, Mitch Trubusky, with the same OL and same receivers outplayed him. Did I also mention he was outplayed two seasons ago by a rookie named Gardner Minshew? That’s two teams in a row that Foles couldn’t win the starting job.

  36. What’s with the Bears and the QB position? Its almost like “BIG QB” has dirt on them.

    Sarcasm including for the older gents.

  37. wnstonchill says:
    March 1, 2021 at 1:40 am
    That’s just wonderful! Foles is a 6-10 or worse, QB . Pace & Nagy get fired and the same clowns that have been hiring & firing GM’s since ‘95 can screw it up once again! The Bears organization should be the posterchild for Einstein’s “INSANITY” principle……
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    They’ve put themselves in a fairly impossible position. If 2021 is the HC & GM’s last chance to turn the team around (and it probably is) then nothing looks very promising. The Bears don’t have the cap space to make a blockbuster deal for Watson or Wilson.

    Look at the all the former high draft pick QBs possibly available through free agency or trade – all of them were highly evaluated and seemed promising early in their careers. Is it really all the fault of those young QBs that they failed? Where and when do teams share in the responsibility and blame?

    Drafting a young QB and saddling him with the expectations of “franchise savior” on a bad/mediocre team is the EXACT reason why so many first round QBs fail. It’s an impossible situation that depends on way more than just the QB, but that young QB will be labeled a “bust” if he and he alone can’t magically transform the Chicago Bears into a successful team.

    It’s absurd and such a common scenario in the NFL that’s fueled by delusions and, among fans and media, a vast oversimplification of what it takes to be successful in the NFL.

    The top QB draft pick becomes a symbol of a “new start” for the franchise, and if you pay attention, ultimately becomes the scapegoat when the team fails to develop them and just throws them to the wolves. It’s incredibly lazy and frustrating, but it’s part of the baggage that comes with a first round QB – there is pressure to start them ASAP, whether they’re ready or not.

    How did the Bears do at developing Trubisky? So why would they have any more success “developing” another young QB? At best the HC & GM will hope to buy themselves a couple more years in their current jobs.

  38. “Stick with Foles and, when healthy, he can be a playmaker”
    __________

    Since the Super Bowl in 2017 Foles has seldom been either healthy or a playmaker. He’s 2-9 as a starter since leaving Philly.

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