After earning a big win on the road, Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles opened eyes with a fiery press conference defending his team’s uneven 5-1 record.
The Chicago Bears earned a huge road win in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers. They ran their record to 5-1, yet many national and local media still go out of their way to criticize their play. In the postgame press conference, starting quarterback Nick Foles snapped back and made many forget about the game.
After another visit to “Club Dub,” Foles was in a fiery mood. His emotions were high and he wouldn’t let the critical media ruin his mood. Instead, he snapped back at reporters who harped on the negatives even though this team is in first place in the NFC North and the two seed in the NFC.
Yes, he sees the same thing that most people see with this team — a flawed offense depending on its elite defense to win games. What he also sees, however, are teammates not being happy with a 5-1 record. He sees players who understand what’s going on and are invested in getting better. If they’re a first-place team despite an offense near the bottom in production, imagine how good they’ll be once they figure things out on offense.
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I think I’m just excited because I think we got a little bit better tonight. I feel like we’re figuring out who we want to be. And that excites me. I think the conversations after the game in the locker room juiced me up and got me excited because we’re not just sitting there happy with winning. And that excites me about this with these guys.
Foles kept talking up his teammates while the media kept bringing up the offensive struggles. Foles’ excitement boiled over and he became fiery, practically scolding the media.
Would you rather lose pretty or win ugly? I think we’d rather win ugly. Ultimately in the NFL it’s about winning games. It doesn’t matter how you do it, it just matters that you get it done. If you put up 50 points and you lose a game, those 50 points don’t mean anything.
Why focus on the Bears when other teams are given a pass?
The Bears own a 5-1 record. They find themselves in first place in their division. They are the second seed in a tough conference. Despite all of that, the media focuses on a struggling offense. They make excuses for their winning. For example, when you mention the Bears, one of the first things coming out of critics’ mouths is that the Bears haven’t played tough teams. They point out that Bears’ opponents own a record of 15-20 (a .429 winning percentage). Well, they had consecutive games against top-five defenses, Also, they’ve played three consecutive games against teams with winning records.
On the other hand, the Green Bay Packers, the team currently in second place in the North, is a Super Bowl contender. Despite a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (a team the Bears beat in Week 5), many “experts” still expect them to play in the NFC Championship game. What’s their opponents’ record? A strong 11-17. That’s a .393 winning percentage. We don’t hear anything about that when the media talks about Green Bay’s greatness.
Foles is quickly becoming a favorite among some fans. Of course, there are others who still insist on having Mitchell Trubisky return. Think of Foles as the Batman of the Chicago Bears — he isn’t the quarterback many fans want, but he’s the quarterback the Bears need. He hasn’t shown to be great, but he just keeps on winning. So what if the wins are ugly? They can keep doing that until they finally get it right with the offense. There are still 10 games left on the schedule. They still have plenty of time to correct things. In the meantime, if the defense helps the team continue to win games, so be it. Let’s get as excited about Chicago Bears football as Foles is.