Midway through the third quarter of last Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy made the most challenging decision of his young coaching career and benched their starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears did everything they could to help their former second-overall pick become a legitimate NFL passer. However, it is not going to happen anytime soon for Trubisky — at least not in Nagy’s offense.
Nick Foles came off the bench and went on to throw three touchdowns. He also had another one dropped and had one taken away by a bad call. The Bears appeared to receive a lift by Foles’ presence on the field. He was able to process the defense and hit open receivers. Granted, he still had a couple of plays that he needs to improve.
The Bears defense even played better. Chicago appeared to have new energy, knowing that the offense was finally able to move the ball up-and-down the field. They held Atlanta’s offense to a field goal after Trubisky’s final interception, and did not allow any more points after that field goal, which allowed the Bears to come back. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was under constant pressure in the fourth quarter, forced into incompletions and the final interception.
There is a new sense of excitement around the Bears now that Nick Foles is under-center, but we need to remember that the last time Foles played well over a long stretch was in 2013. Remember that the Philadelphia Eagles only scored 15 points over Foles’ first two starts in 2017. He did play well in the NFC Conference Championship, yet he became the Super Bowl MVP. He has not performed consistently in years. However, Foles was also 4-1 as the Eagles starter in 2018 before he struggled last year in Jacksonville.
For the sake of the Chicago Bears and their vaunted defense, let’s hope that we get the Nick Foles from his highs of Philadelphia, and not the lows of his days with the Rams or Jaguars.
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