The Bears have officially traded for a back up better than their starter, or will he be the new starter? Nick Foles is now a Chicago Bear and he brings a Superbowl ring and an MVP trophy with him. Foles was traded from the Jaguars to the Bears this afternoon. The Bears will get Foles for a fourth-round pick, pick 140 in this coming draft and to me that’s a steal!
What does this mean for Mitch?
As of just a few days ago Bears GM Ryan Pace said Mitch was still the starter for next season. This was also said knowing Chase Daniel wouldn’t be back to play backup. After his play last season there is a reason for that.
Yes, the Bears were in talks for Teddy Bridgewater and that fell threw, Cam Newton’s name came up in possible trade talks but he is a shell of his former self. So the Bears went with the safe bet and brought in a former Superbowl MVP!
Teddy B talks fell through because he didn’t want to compete for the starting job. Clearly, that is what Bears management wanted to do. They wanted to bring in a guy to compete for the starting job. This will do one of two things. It will push Mitch to reach his potential or it will send him to the bench.
But should Foles have to compete for the starting job?
I say heck no!
He should be the starter here from day one. We have already seen everything we need to see from Mitch Trubisky.
Mitch can’t read a defense. It is that simple. Matt Nagy had to neuter Mitch this past season because he simply can’t read a defense. Check down, check down, check down, etc. He doesn’t have the ability to scan the field for an open receiver and he always looks right for his first option. This type of play leads to impromptu turnovers at the worst times.
Foles, on the other hand, is a vet. He knows where his receivers are and knows how to find them. He should be able to look defenses off of his number one option and find other targets. Is he perfect? No! Foles was 0-4 last year in Jacksonville and was benched for Gardner Minshew. However, at this point, the offense needs to be opened up and Foles has a better chance of doing that than Mitch.
As much as I wanted to believe in Mitch he makes it very hard. With the right moves this offseason on the offensive line and defense the Bears can be a threat in the playoffs.
If we are going to have a real quarterback competition than we need to see them both play plenty of snaps in the preseason. Mitch is not a QB that can afford to not take a preseason snap.
Where we go from here only time will tell. Will this light a fire under Mitch? Will Foles be given the starting gig? Regardless of what is to come, one thing is official for now and that is that Nick Foles is now a Chicago Bear! Foles has already restructured his contract and is a perfect fit for the Bears.
What’s your take on this trade? Do you want Foles or Mitch to start this coming season? Keep it here with us as all the NFL free agent moves pile in.