The Chicago Bears trade for Jaguars QB Nick Foles came as quite a surprise to many in the NFL. With the benefit of some time to examine the deal, one ESPN analyst had a very strong reaction to the move.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick said that he loves the move. He declared that while talent is important, fit is too. Riddick pointed out the combination of relationship, chemistry and comfort that Foles has with Bears head coach Matt Nagy as things that give the Bears “a real chance to make some noise.”
“QB play is about talent, yeah. But it is also about fit,” Riddick wrote. “Relationships. Chemistry. Comfort. Nick Foles is all of that for Matt Nagy. I love the move. Now they have a real chance to make some noise!”
The Bears acquired Foles (and the last three years on the four-year, $88 million deal he signed with Jacksonville last year) in exchange for a fourth-round pick.
QB play is about talent, yeah. But it is also about fit. Relationships. Chemistry. Comfort. Nick Foles is all of that for Matt Nagy. I love the move. Now they have a real chance to make some noise!
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) March 18, 2020
It’s been a disappointing last few months for the former Super Bowl LI MVP. Foles played very well as Wentz’s backup in 2018, leading them into the playoffs when Wentz was injured yet again.
He parlayed his 2017 and 2018 seasons into the aforementioned mega-deal with the Jaguars, but couldn’t sustain his success.
Foles got injured in Week 1 of the 2019 season, and was immediately placed on short-term IR. While he recovered, rookie Gardner Minshew thrived, but not so much as to keep Foles from getting his starting job back in November. But Foles went on to lose three more starts, and the starting job was given over to Minshew.
The Bears will be Foles’ fifth team in the last six years.