Bears Were Smart to Choose Nick Foles Over Cam Newton at QB This Offseason

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The Jacksonville Jaguars traded Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears for a compensatory fourth-round draft pick. | Silas Walker/Getty Images

After just one season and four games played as the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019, Nick Foles has already been shown the door in Duval County as part of a trade with the Chicago Bears. He was sent off in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

In a rather unusually loaded group of available QBs this offseason, the Bears ultimately decided to pass on available talents like Cam Newton, Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton to take on Foles' contract from the Jaguars instead.

Plenty of Bears fans have been quick to criticize the move for Chicago, giving up a fourth-round pick to acquire a QB that some view as an inferior talent to a free agent like Cam Newton. However, there could be much more than meets the eye for the Bears here.

For starters, Foles is not only a likely upgrade over Mitchell Trubisky from the get-go, but he also figures to be a much better fit in Chicago than some might think. Foles and Matt Nagy already have a relationship with one another, which began in 2012 when the two were both members of the Philadelphia Eagles and continued when the two were reunited in Kansas City in 2016.

Beyond the importance of a pre-existing element of respect and trust between head coach and QB, Chicago's sea of talent on the defensive side of the ball sets a similar stage that we saw Foles succeed with in Philadelphia. Foles (61.9 percent completion rate) is a more accurate career passer than Newton (59.6 percent) and he takes better care of the ball, with a career 2.1 percent interception rate, compared to 2.7 percent for Newton.

While one could argue Foles walked into this very same defensive setup in Jacksonville last offseason, Jalen Ramsey's off-field drama and eventual trade demands combined with Jacksonville's plummet in defensive efficiency would argue otherwise.

Finally, as cliché as this may sound, one of these QBs has a Super Bowl win over arguably the greatest QB in NFL history with a Super Bowl MVP to show for it, while the other has neither.

Ironically enough, the defining difference between Foles and Newton's careers has been that Foles has yet to prove himself as a regular-season starter with a polished postseason résumé, while the other has accomplished the opposite. And if you're choosing between an arm with a Super Bowl ring and one with an NFL MVP, it's tough to go with the latter.

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