The Chicago Bears will hold an open quarterback competition between incumbent Mitch Trubisky and newly acquired veteran Nick Foles this summer, and unlike most competitions that feature a player who's new to the club, Foles will bring a strong foundation of knowledge and understanding of Matt Nagy's offense to his duel with Trubisky.
It's something that could end up giving the former Super Bowl winner the upper hand.
"I have a foundation from when I was in Kansas City, and we ran a different version in Philadelphia that was different than this," Foles said during a conference call with the media on Friday. "But that's the fun part. You get to bring that information of what we did in Philly to Chicago and try to fine-tune it and develop it and mix it into the Bears offense DNA.
"I would say there is a strong infrastructure there with the knowledge of it. It's just going to be talking to coach Nagy about his coaching points and being on the same page and understanding how he wants it run. He knows me. We've known each other since 2012. Though, we've never been in a position like this where he's the one calling plays as the head coach. That's unique."
It'll be a unique situation for Trubisky, too, who for the first time in his professional career has to earn the right to start.
Foles said he's already spoken with the former second overall pick, and they're both focusing on doing what's best for Chicago.
"Mitch and I have already talked, and we wanted to start out on the right foot because ultimately it's about the Chicago Bears, and it's not about the egos of the quarterbacks," Foles said. "The quarterback competition becomes such a big thing in the NFL, which it is. The quarterback is an important position. But ultimately we have to do what's best for the Chicago Bears. So having that healthy quarterbacks room will be a big part of that."
It's hard to imagine a scenario that doesn't include Foles as the Bears' starter on Week 1. His history of success at the highest level combined with his history with Matt Nagy and the fundamentals of Chicago's offense makes him a hard out for Trubisky, who has yet to prove he even deserves to be an NFL starter through three seasons in the league.
At the very least, Foles is entering this competition with a lot of confidence.
"It's nice to have that foundation. But it's by no means starting over with no knowledge of the offense. So I'm definitely starting out on my two feet, and I'm excited to learn more about what they're doing. There might be a few different terminologies and different run game and stuff like that. But I'll be able to understand it decently well hopefully to begin with."