Nick Foles has plenty of connections to welcome him to the Bears


Adam Schefter rocked Bears fans' worlds on Wednesday afternoon, announcing the team has acquired Nick Foles. While fans are still getting used to their new quarterback, Foles will have plenty of familiar faces welcoming him to the team.

Most importantly, head coach Matt Nagy knows Foles from their time together in Kansas City back in 2016. Nagy was the offensive coordinator and Foles was Alex Smith's backup, but Foles did play in three games, including a Week 9 start where he led the Chiefs to a win.

Foles has also crossed paths with Bears quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo twice during his career. First, in 2017 in Philadelphia — you know, the year Foles put together a magical postseason run en route to becoming the Super Bowl MVP. That season, DeFilippo was Foles' QB coach. 

Flip and Foles reunited in Jacksonville last season, although the duo couldn't recapture the success they found in Philly. Foles started only four games in 2019, and the Jaguars lost all four of those games. But a collarbone injury in Week 1 disrupted his season after he only threw eight passes.

Revisiting that Super Bowl season in Philly, Foles also has plenty of familiarity with Bears tight end Trey Burton. In the six games that Foles started (including the postseason), the two only connected four times for 36 yards, but they also successfully executed one of the most exciting plays in recent Super Bowl memory:  The Philly Special.

Foles can even do some "new guy" bonding with his former Rams teammate Robert Quinn. The two each played in St. Louis in 2015, albeit on different sides of the ball.

Contact Us