Grading the Bears' trade for Nick Foles

Grading the Bears' trade for Nick Foles

The Bears have their quarterback. Sort of.

The 2020 NFL free agency legal tampering period began with the Bears' rumored interest in Teddy Bridgewater, who opted to sign a multi-year deal with the Carolina Panthers instead. But the interest, by itself, signaled GM Ryan Pace's desire to be aggressive in the quarterback market. And aggressive he was.

Pace agreed to trade the Bears' fourth-round pick — No. 140 overall — to the Jaguars for Nick Foles, whose familiarity with the Bears' coaching staff and his proven record of success in the biggest of games likely moved him to the front of the line of remaining available quarterbacks. Players like Jameis Winston, Cam Newton and Andy Dalton certainly have their appeal, but the decision to target Foles was a calculated one.

The Bears want Mitch Trubisky to succeed. In an ideal world, he'll develop into a franchise quarterback this season and justify his 2017 draft status when he was the second overall pick. But they also want him to compete. And the one quarterback who has the longest resume as a backup (more so than as a starter) in this year's available cluster was Foles. He won't pose an immediate threat to Trubisky (even if he is the better option right now) and Chicago can sell the decision to trade for him as nothing more than competition.

Had they traded for Newton or Dalton, it would've felt more like a move for a starter than a backup with starter's upside.

So, sure, this trade accomplishes that objective. Acquiring Foles won't damage Trubisky's psyche. Instead, it should motivate him. Heck, Gardner Minshew proved last season that Foles can be outplayed, even by a sixth-round pick.

But wasn't this supposed to be an offseason that the Bears added a quarterback who can win games? A quarterback who can actually become a mid-to-long-term answer if Trubisky failed? 

The Bears will be Foles' fifth team in nine seasons. He's started a total of 48 games and owns a 26-22 record. His career completion percentage is just under 62% and he has a 71:35 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Bottom line? He's an average starting quarterback who caught lightning in a bottle in 2018. And good for him; by all accounts, he's a really good dude.

But this team needs more than just a nice guy in the locker room. They need a quarterback who can not only beat out Trubisky in a fair competition but one who can consistently defeat Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins, too.

Foles doesn't feel like the guy who can do it. It isn't 2018 anymore.


Nick Foles ranked ahead of Mitchell Trubisky in Chris Simms QB list

Nick Foles ranked ahead of Mitchell Trubisky in Chris Simms QB list

One more pundit has ranked Nick Foles ahead of Mitchell Trubisky going into the 2020 NFL season.

Chris Simms has slowly been releasing his annual quarterback rankings on Twitter. On Monday, he got to Nick Foles at No. 31 overall.

That’s seven spots ahead of Trubisky, who came in at No. 38-- ahead of only Dwayne Haskins and Tua Tagovailoa.

Simms says Foles can make “big time throws” with support around him, and he should have plenty of that with Allen Robinson, Ted Ginn Jr., Anthony Miller and rookie TE Cole Kmet.

But first he’ll have to beat out Trubisky in the QB competition.

Still ahead of Foles on Simms’ list are Andy Dalton (No. 27), Ryan Fitzpatrick (No. 28) and the guy who took over his starting job in Jacksonville, Gardner Minshew (No. 30).

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10 most dominant Super Bowl victories in NFL history

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10 most dominant Super Bowl victories in NFL history


It’s one of the many words used to describe the masterpiece that was the 1985 Chicago Bears.

Chicagoans should know the pillars of this great work of art by now: Richard Dent. Walter Payton. Mike Ditka. Buddy Ryan. And so on.

But if, perhaps, you’re part of a younger generation who has never seen the pinnacle of that work, or if you simply want to recapture some of that glory on a bigger screen, you now have your chance.

NBC will re-air Super Bowl XX in its entirety this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. CT, the penultimate game in the network’s “Super Bowl Week in America’ series. Liam McHugh will speak with two members of the vaunted 46 Defense, Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Dan Hampton.

The game between the Bears and New England Patriots on Jan. 26, 1986, was certainly the biggest blowout in Super Bowl history up to that point. The 46-10 final score was relatively tame. The Bears could have easily scored 60 that night in New Orleans.

But was it the most dominant performance on the game’s greatest stage? Well, we made a list.

Here are the top 10 most dominant performances by an NFL team in 54 years of Super Bowl history