(670 The Score) Bears coach Matt Nagy wasn't surprised when he heard what quarterback Nick Foles said after the team's win against the Panthers last Sunday.
When asked about the Bears' inconsistent play and struggling offense amid a 5-1 start, Foles offered a passionate reply to reporters as he spoke about his belief in the team. At one point, he pounded at a table in front of him inside of Bank of America Stadium. The Bears had earned a 23-16 win, one that Foles admitted was "ugly," but he was already thinking about improvements.
“He's not scripted," Nagy said. "He doesn’t prepare a plan or scripts. He’s an off-the-hip-(or)-cuff kind of guy. I don’t know what the exact question was to his response to that answer, but when he feels passionate about something, he is going to go right into it. Whatever came out is what was on his mind and what he believes."
When Foles joined the Bears by trade in March, he did so with the reputation of a proven winner, which he earned by leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl title in February 2018. He joined a team seeking stability at quarterback, and the Bears are now ready to follow the lead of Foles, whose goal is to elevate the offense and help push the club to the playoffs.
Even as this offense scuffles -- the Bears rank 27th in scoring and 28th in yardage -- they feel confident with Foles guiding them forward.
"Nick is the kind of guy who’s a leader by nature," receiver Allen Robinson said. "And I just think that’s where he’s at. He constantly is trying to lead us in every fashion. If we have a bad possession, whatever the moment is, whether it’s practice or a game, he’s a guy that’s always trying to lead at all times. Everyone around appreciates that."
The Bears will need Foles to help elevate their offense as a key stretch awaits. The Bears face the Rams (4-2) on the road on Monday night before returning to Soldier Field to host the Saints (3-2) and then traveling to face the unbeaten Titans (5-0).
Just as Foles believes in the Bears, they too believe in him.
"When you have that trait and it’s a natural-born trait, it permeates through your teammates," Nagy said. "And it’s obviously done that for him in his career. It has not always been a bunch of highs for Nick in his career. There have been a bunch of lows for him.
"How do they respond to negativity? How do they respond to criticism? How do they respond to losing? How do they respond to getting hurt? Do they fold up shop and say, 'OK, it wasn’t meant to be'? Or do they bounce back and have success stories? He’s done that.
"There's a natural-born leader trait that he has.”
Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.