Many Chicago Bears fans have been outraged with the recent decision to trade for Nick Foles. However, I’m struggling to understand the passionate opposition to this choice.
Personally, I like Foles. I loved what I saw from him when he led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl victory in 2017, and I believe he possesses both the fundamentals and intangibles to be a franchise quarterback.
But people have doubts about Foles’ current ability, especially considering he was recently replaced by Gardner Minshew for Jacksonville’s starting spot.
Many believe there were better options available than Foles, and I get that. I’m not going to pretend like the Foles acquisition is as exciting as the prospect of getting, say, Cam Newton, but it is certainly a move in the right direction.
Recency bias is huge in the world of sports, and it’s easy to mainly remember Foles’ recent poor play, but it’s crucial to remember that his struggles were largely due to him battling injury. It was not too long ago that Foles was looking like one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and that’s more than anyone can say for Mitch Trubisky.
Foles is battle-tested and has definitely proved himself to be a more capable quarterback than some of the other names that had been apparently considered, such as Case Keenum and Andy Dalton. With time to rehab from his injury, I expect he’ll come out looking pretty good for us.
And even if he never proves to be an elite level talent at quarterback, that’s OK. We don’t need an elite quarterback to contend for a Super Bowl. He is capable enough to be the average quarterback we need so that our stifling defense can propel us to the promised land before the ever so tight window closes.
Even the stubborn few who still believe in Trubisky are misguided in their frustration. Bringing in Foles will only inspire Trubisky to work harder and improve in order to remain the starter.
Are you really worried that bringing in competition will shatter his confidence? And if so, it might be prudent to consider whether somebody that vulnerable was ever really capable of being great in the first place.