No. 4 – Revamped Quarterback Room
The thing is, the quarterback room may not be technically improved at all. If Trubisky wins the starting job, he will likely improve as a player, but he was the quarterback last year. Nick Foles though wasn’t brought in though to just sit there and be the backup. He’s a real competitor.
The quarterback room, although not as elite as John DeFilippo claims it is, is a very solid room. Whoever wins the job is an average starting quarterback and whoever loses is a high-end backup. Additionally, none of these quarterbacks have played a full 16 game season, so having a high-end backup is very important.
The great thing about these quarterbacks is both of them excel when throwing to their tight ends, which Pace and Nagy improved this offseason. Foles had a lot of success in Philadelphia where they run 12 personnel more than any other team in the NFL and Trubisky found his best success when playing out of 12 personnel last season even with J.P. Holtz and Jesper Horsted as the ‘Y’ and ‘U’ tight ends.
Foles and Trubisky are two different quarterbacks besides this. Foles is a gunslinger, master of the game type of quarterback who knows the Nagy playbook like the back of his hand. He isn’t afraid to show off his powerful arm strength and throw the deep ball and he isn’t afraid of taking a hit in the pocket either. Maybe that’s why he hasn’t played a full 16 games.
Trubisky, on the other hand, loves to be on the move. He loves to play out of play-action and he excels when he uses his feet. His rushing ability in 2018 was lethal. He doesn’t know how to read a defense as well as Foles, but he does a better job of protecting the football. He doesn’t take insanely risky throws.
Regardless, whoever starts will be better than the Trubisky we saw in 2019. If that doesn’t happen, let’s hope Trey Lance falls to us in the draft.