Why Tom Waddle believes Nick Foles will be Bears' QB1, not Mitch Trubisky




 

The central issue surrounding the Bears heading into the upcoming season concerns the starting quarterback situation, and that previous statement could apply to many more seasons than just 2020. Longtime ESPN 1000 host Tom Waddle is no stranger to QB drama, as the former Bears receiver has been a leading voice in analyzing the team for over a decade on the station's highly-successful "Waddle & Silvy" show. When the Bears made their move to trade for Nick Foles in March, Waddle's immediate reaction was a strong one, as he recounted to Laurence Holmes on the Under Center podcast.

"You don't trade a fourth-round pick and give up $20 million guaranteed to a quarterback and sit him behind a QB that you don't have full faith in," Waddle explained. "I immediately thought this is going to be their starting quarterback. I think the familiarity that Nick Foles has with John DeFilippo and Bill Lazor and Juan Castillo and obviously Matt Nagy, I think you put that all together and you couple the familiarity with the uncertainty that is in the mind of the head coach about what the existing quarterback is capable of doing, and to me, it all added up to they got a guy that they trust and a guy that they see as their starter from Day 1."

That doesn't mean Foles will be an automatic savior. Of course, he led the Eagles to a Super Bowl title with a brilliant string of play in January and February of 2018, eventually outdueling Tom Brady to win the title in a shootout. But Foles has started more than eight games in a season just twice in his eight-year pro career, the last coming in 2015 with the then-St. Louis Rams.

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However, the fact that the Bears were aggressive in identifying Foles and then trading with Jacksonville speaks volumes about how they feel about him and it's that conviction that truly sells Waddle on Foles being the starter. "If you were just looking for somebody to compete with Mitch, you could have waited out the Bengals, who were more likely to release Andy Dalton," hypothesized the former Boston College Eagle. "You could have signed Case Keenum, but I don't think the Jags were releasing Nick Foles at any point because of the contractual obligation they had to him. They had to go get him and once they went and got Nick Foles, that was the surest sign of all, in my world, that Nick's got the edge."

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