The Chicago Bears didn't trade for Nick Foles because he's a young player with starter's upside who, if he has a great training camp, could unseat incumbent Mitch Trubisky for the first-team gig. Instead, Foles was targeted because of his experience in the league and more importantly, his experience with the Bears' coaching staff.
But Matt Nagy admitted Wednesday during a Zoom call with reporters that Foles is at a disadvantage in the team's open quarterback competition because of COVID-19's impact on offseason workouts. Specifically, Foles hasn't had an opportunity to throw to his new teammates, whereas Trubisky has.
“It’s something that he could have had that he doesn’t have,” he said. “But those guys know that. He understands that.”
Let's be honest, what else was Nagy going to say?
Had he suggested Foles is on even footing with Trubisky despite no reps with new receivers, the only message he would've sent to the Bears' locker room is that it's Foles' job to lose.
Trubisky has almost three full seasons as the Bears' starter and has played the last two with many of this year's returning skill players. Even in a normal offseason with OTAs and minicamps, Trubisky should be entering training camp with a significant edge in the QB competition.
Foles has to catch Trubisky regardless of how the offseason unfolded. Not the other way around. At least, not publicly.
Just don't forget why the Bears targeted Foles to begin with. His learning curve will be very, very short. His resume is tagged with big wins in big moments, clutch performances and clutch throws. And many of those throws were for coaches who spawned from Andy Reid's tree, much like Nagy. He doesn't need an offseason throwing to pass-catchers in shorts and t-shirts to get ready for a quarterback battle. He's battle-tested and, for the most part, proven.
Sure, Foles is at a disadvantage. For now.
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