The offensive line is pretty important, considering it aids the run and pass game. Still, the quarterback is the most critical position in all of football. There is an idea that the position was so bad last year, that it couldn’t possibly get worse.
You can spin the situation positively. Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky bring out the best in each other. Foles shows he is a winner, and Trubisky shows the talent he had but needed to be dragged out.
That positive spin can be met with a just as, if not more likely negative spin. With Foles, we have noted that he has not gone a full season as a starter. His best runs have been as a teams closer, who comes off the bench and finishes a season with a postseason run.
There is a real possibility the team starts with Foles, he gets hurt, Trubisky struggles to find a rhythm, and lacks confidence, then Foles comes back and struggles to find rhythm with a new team on the run. The offense once again has no identity as they shuffle quarterbacks.
Trubisky could take this to show his hard work, or the fact that he lost confidence and reps at practice could backfire and signal an end to his time in Chicago.
When looking at adjusted net yards per attempt over the past three seasons, Nick Foles ranks 27th, and Trubisky ranks 33rd. Even if both are healthy and Foles is starting, they are not getting high-end quarterback play. When you combine the offensive line, the injury questions, the depth at receiver, you have to wonder if this the best situation for either to thrive in.