Though the Bears have previously stood behind Trubisky as their starter, they just put him on notice. Pace's verbal vote of confidence in the 25-year-old Trubisky was rendered moot.
Foles, 31, is a proven veteran who will forever be linked to his playoff heroics. Taking over for the injured Carson Wentz late in the 2017 regular season, Foles directed the Eagles to a championship run, which culminated with him earning Super Bowl MVP honors in a win against the Patriots in February 2018. That's the kind of unflappable competitor whom Trubisky will be tasked with beating out for the starting job.
Foles also has great familiarity with the Bears' scheme and coaching staff. He played under Chicago coach Matt Nagy's watch in 2012 at Philadelphia and 2016 at Kansas City, with Nagy serving as the quarterbacks coach in the latter stop. Foles worked with new Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor when Lazor was the Eagles' quarterbacks coach in 2013, and Foles also worked with new Bears quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo in Jacksonville in 2019, when DeFilippo served as the Jaguars' offensive coordinator.
"He knows the system really well," Nagy said of Foles in the 2018 season, before the Bears and Eagles met in the playoffs. "I mean, he’s known this system for a long time. So, right away within your own peers and your teammates they trust you because of how well you know it.
"Nick has done it on a bigger stage going to the Super Bowl and winning it and now in this position. And then his talents that he has, he’s a very confident kid in the huddle. He knows where he’s going with the football. And he’s a playmaker. He’s a big individual that can break tackles. He’s got a strong arm and he’s football smart.
"He’s just got a lot of great attributes that his players trust."
Trubisky is the Bears' incumbent at quarterback and currently has one year remaining on his rookie contract. By early May, the Bears must make a decision on Trubisky's fifth-year option for 2021. While Trubisky may have had hopes about getting that option picked up or a team-friendly extension worked out this offseason, his future is now as murky as ever. Given the Bears coaching staff's familiarity with Foles, he could have the inside track to starting the regular-season opener.
Foles isn't an top-tier quarterback, but he's a confident, savvy leader at a key position. He has the previously displayed the demeanor that the Bears have have hoped to see in Trubisky, whose confidence was shot amid struggles last season.
For Trubisky, Foles is a formidable competitor who's standing in his way of a long-term future with the Bears.
Pace acted aggressively at quarterback, and the Bears have a position battle set to unfold.