First and foremost, you’re not going to see long scambles from Foles. Over his last 17 games, Foles has 40 rushing yards on 27 carries – five fewer yards than Trubisky gained on one scramble against the Falcons on Sunday.
But the Bears already were getting away from Trubisky’s running ability – he averaged 4.9 rushes per game and 6.2 yards per carry in 2018; those dipped to 3.2 attempts and 4 yards per carry in 2019 and 2.7 attempts in 2020 (though 10.9 yards per rush, thanks to that long scramble against the Falcons).
So going to Foles won’t really change much about the Bears’ offense – maybe a play or two a game that isn’t a scramble or designed run (which also could be a good thing).
More interesting will be if the Bears use more shotgun and 11 personnel (one running back, one tight end, three receivers) than they did to start the year with Trubisky. Only three of Foles’ 29 pass attempts came under center against the Falcons (10 percent); 30 percent of Trubisky’s passes in 2020 came from under center, according to Pro Football Reference.
And 64 percent of the Bears’ plays in the second half Sunday were in 11 personnel; only 51 percent of the Bears’ plays in the first 10 quarters of the season were with 11 personnel.
We’ll see this week if that uptick in 11 personnel – which, essentially, means replacing a tight end with Anthony Miller – holds with a full week of gameplanning with Foles, or if it was the product of the Bears chasing 16 points in Atlanta.