Chicago Bears: Unwrapping latest rumors, questions on Cam Newton

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3. Foles isn’t sexy, but he was a better choice

I know I could get a lot of flack for saying this, but after careful consideration and looking at the situation as a whole, I am convinced Pace made the best decision if it really did come down to Newton or Foles.

For the record, I’m ignoring other options like Andy Dalton or Jameis Winston, because from every whisper and rumor over the last few weeks, it was Newton and Foles that the Bears were intrigued by.

Whether or not us fans want to believe it, I think Pace had a plan all along to acquire Foles. Look at his series of moves along the coaching staff, if you haven’t already.

New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor worked with Foles in Philadelphia a few years back. New quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo worked with Foles last year in Jacksonville and during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run in Foles’ second stint with the Eagles. Of course, head coach Matt Nagy has experience with Foles back in Philadelphia as well.

Say what you want about Foles, but it is clear that within the right system, he can flourish. Last year in Jacksonville, Foles was eager to come back from injury. Maybe he was brought back too early. Certainly, seeing a rookie sixth-round pick, Gardner MInshew, step in and have success had to push Foles a little harder back from injury.

While Foles was in Philadelphia, the scheme ran by Doug Pederson was and is similar to Nagy’s offensive philosophy. It would only make sense, with all of these things in mind, that Pace would target Foles as the guy to come in and hopefully supplant Mitchell Trubisky.

Newton is a flashy guy and a big name, but it’s clear that his health is still in question, no matter what the current physical says. He may be healthy right now, but is that health sustainable — that’s the question general managers and coaches are asking when it comes to his services.

Now, would I hate if the Bears somehow signed Newton on a cheap deal and, in turn, decided to trade Trubisky? No, I would be completely happy with that. I am not a believer in Trubisky whatsoever, and seeing Newton come in as a backup right away would be highly intriguing.

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For now, though, we have to accept the fact that Foles was always the guy for Pace, and Newton was never “the” guy for any of the 32 general managers around the NFL.