Nick Foles may be the Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback sooner than later.
The franchise declined the fifth-year option on former No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky, which clouds is long-term future in Chicago. His short-term status also may be up in the air, as Foles is the favorite to win the starting job this year.
Foles is -320 to win the gig, while Trubisky is +200. As of last week, Foles was -150.
How Far Can Foles Take the Bears?
The Bears were not a bad team last season. They were plagued by inconsistent QB play yet again with Trubisky showing his true colors after a season of mirages.
Chicago’s defense was dominant but not as dominant as you might think. Seven teams finished with a better defensive DVOA with the rush defense pulling the unit down.
Chicago had its pick of veteran quarterbacks this offseason to come in a push the former North Carolina Tarheel. Andy Dalton was available for trade up until the Bengals released him. Phillip Rivers and Teddy Bridgewater were among big-money free-agent options. Cam Newton (who remains available) was another option who would have done the job.
The franchise ultimately went with Foles, trading a fourth-rounder for him. To give up that kind of draft capital for a player despite having other options on the market that would have not cost them that pick, shows how dedicated the team is to the former Super Bowl-winning QB.
Can Foles Find Success Outside of Philadelphia?
Foles hasn’t really succeeded anywhere besides Philadelphia. He went 4-7 as a starter during his stint with the Rams. He notched a win as a backup in Kansas City during his lone year there and he got hurt during his first game in Jacksonville, ceding the starting spot to Gardner Minshew.
The Bears hope that he’s more Philly Foles than any other Foles but above all, they hope that he’s better than Trubisky and can handle the Bears’ starting QB job.