Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Chicago Bears Might Finally Have A Secret Weapon In QB Evaluations


Part of the problem with the Chicago Bears over the years regarding their quarterback problems is they never seemed to have people in the building with an eye for the position. The top decision-makers had no viable background to help them identify its key traits. Ryan Pace was a defensive guy in his youth. Phil Emery was a strength and conditioning expert. Jerry Angelo was a defensive line coach before getting into scouting. You get the idea. The fact Ryan Poles played offensive line is at least a step in the right direction. However, he may need help to get this decision right.

Recent events suggest he may have an ace up his sleeve. One of the best finds in undrafted free agency by any team was Tyson Bagent. The Shepherd quarterback came from nowhere to become the Bears’ backup behind Justin Fields. Then, when the latter went down with a dislocated thumb, the rookie started four games and went 2-2. He accounted for four touchdowns during that stretch. While it wasn’t always pretty, it was way more than anybody expected from a Division II undrafted free agent.

The man who spearheaded the efforts to sign Bagent was co-director of player personnel Jeff King.

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The Chicago Bears should trust what King says.

After all, the guy learned about the position from some sharp people. He played as a tight end for legendary Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, the same man who produced future pros like Michael Vick and Tyrod Taylor. Then, as a pro, he spent a year in Arizona working with Bruce Arians, widely revered as one of the top quarterback gurus of his generation. King has demonstrated a sharp eye for the position. If he can get a quality NFL backup from the Division II ranks, he might be what the Bears need to pinpoint a franchise quarterback in this draft.

Maybe he’s in the same corner as everybody else on Caleb Williams. However, if he has an eye for somebody else, the Bears would do well to hear him out. The last time a GM failed to trust the conviction of a top lieutenant on a quarterback, it cost them Joe Montana. There is also the fact King is already generating legitimate GM interest around the league. Clearly, other teams are aware of his ability to evaluate. All the more reason for the Bears to give him some sway in these discussions.


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Feb 13, 2024 1:51 pm

Veece, I wasn’t advocating taking Maye over Williams, just pointing out the difference in discriptions. With fields, ever notice he is called a playmaker much more than a QB. Even his supporters do it. Nobody callls him a good pocket QB, really, not even just qb, it’s play maker or runner, subconscious takes over.

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Feb 13, 2024 12:06 pm

Veece is right, how many game wins has Fields orchestrated in 4th quarter come from behind games? I think its only 3 in 3 years. Fields, with the help of Getsy, blew 3 wins last year, the Bears should have finished 10-7, and made the playoffs. That’s what has to change.

Feb 13, 2024 11:04 am

Accuracy? Gotta disagree. Look at tape. NC offense was mostly short slants, hitches and screens. And yet Maye is off target on easy bread and butter throws. How does a QB only connect on 60% of 10 yard passes when it should be 80%?
Plus, Maye forces passes to 1st read for critical INTs in close games when he should have looked elsewhere.
Size and arm strength are nice, (see Willis and Haskins), but give me a guy who completes a high pct of passes when it matters and you’ve got your franchise QB!

Feb 13, 2024 8:41 am

Accuracy, anticipation, throwing receivers open, pocket awareness, processing, these are the things you want hear about your QB, i haven’t even gotten to arm strength. Quite frankly, i hear these attributes the most about drake maye. Just saying

Feb 13, 2024 7:46 am

-timg. It wasn’t a name confusion. Apparently, I’m more of an Eberflus fan than I thought, and “king” is a trigger word taking me back to the dark times of last season. That’s another reason our QB needs a sword. Mostly for payback.

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