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The Jaguars sent Nick Foles back to the NFC on Wednesday (see story), trading him to the Bears for a fourth-round pick after the Eagles legend spent one unpleasant year in Jacksonville.

It's not clear what impact Foles, who has had one of the most unique careers in NFL history, will have on the Bears' success.

What is clear: Eagles fans have plenty of reasons to pay attention to Chicago Bears games this year, because the number of Philadelphia dots this move just connected is super wild.

1. Another Foles vs. Brady showdown

We don't know when the game will take place, but we know it will happen: the Bears face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their new quarterback Tom Brady next season, in Chicago. The last time Foles and Brady met, one dropped a pass and one caught a pass, and then Super Bowl history was made.

Will this game be as entertaining? It's basically impossible. But the chance for Foles to best Brady once again will absolutely lead to a huge spike in viewership in the Delaware Valley.

2. A Philly Special pairing, reunited

Speaking of Super Bowl LII (Eagles beat Patriots 41-33), there's a pretty fun reunion in the wings with Foles in Chicago: he's back on the same roster as Trey Burton, who threw the fateful Philly Special pass to Foles at the end of the first half.

Considering the Bears ran the Philly Special the very next season - though Burton opted not to participate as the pass-thrower - you can bet opposing teams will be on high alert every time Burton moves pre-snap, or any time Foles moves toward the line for an audible.

 

3. Returning to the Double Doink

Foles' lone season with the Jaguars was cursed from the first week, and he never won a game with Jacksonville, which means the last time he won a game... was in Chicago, when the Eagles beat the Bears in the NFC Wild Card round, a contest we all remember as the Double Doink game.

Matt Nagy's inability to get over that loss is well-documented, so while he may have found a stable kicker in Eddy Pineiro, perhaps Nagy sees bringing Foles to the Windy City as one last step towards expunging the Doink's ghost from Soldier Field.

(Sorry, Matt, but the Doink will echo through Chicago's streets forever.)

4. Recapturing that magical QB room

A big part of the Eagles' magical 2017 Super Bowl run has been attributed to the collection of coaching talent in the quarterbacks room that year. Between Doug Pederson, Frank Reich, and John DeFillipo, the melding of their minds lead Carson Wentz to an MVP-caliber season and turned Nick Foles into a Super Bowl MVP.

This past offseason, the Bears hired DeFillipo as the team's new quarterbacks coach after he spent the past two seasons in one-year offensive coordinator stints with the Jaguars and Vikings. 

Nagy, who worked with Foles in both Philadelphia and Kansas City, probably talked with DeFillipo and convinced himself they could turn Foles back into the logic-defying gunslinger who defeated Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

5. The Philly-to-Chicago QB pipeline

With Foles on the roster in 2020, the Bears will have a former Eagles quarterback on the roster for the fourth time in the last five years. Matt Barkley played in Chicago in 2016, and Chase Daniel spent 2018 and 2019 as Mitchell Trubisky's backup.

We get it, Bears: you want to be the Eagles. I guess it can't hurt to keep trying.

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