Friday, April 19, 2024

History Shows The Plight Of Bears Quarterbacks


The conversation about Chicago’s future QB even hit press row during yesterday’s player interviews at the Super Bowl yesterday. And closer to home, a former Bear chimed in regarding the decision Ryan Poles must make this off-season. History shows the Bears have changed their quarterback more than any other team in the NFL. No team changes their quarterback as often as Chicago.

San Francisco 49ers star tight end George Kittle was asked what the Bears should do. Kittle is a Bears fan, despite growing up in Wisconsin, never hesitated with his answer:

“I think they (chicago) should trade back as many picks as they can and build around (justin fields)”

Former Bears player Jerry Azumah threw his hat into the ring in support of Fields as well:

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“The Bears are in a really good position headed into this Draft! Trading the 1st pick could lead to multiple pots of Gold.”

Jerry Azumah on his Twitter Account

Azumah also listed all the QBs who started games for Chicago during his seven-year career from 1999-2005:

Shane Matthews, Cade McNown, Jim Miller, Chris Chandler, Henry Burris, Kordell Stewart, Rex Grossman, Craig Krenzel, Chad Hutchinson, Jonathan Quinn, and Kyle Orton!

History continues to repeat like a broken record. Looking back at the starting QBs from 2013 through the 2023 season, the track record is very similar:

  • Jay Cutler
  • Josh McCown
  • Jimmy Clausen
  • Matt Barkley
  • Brian Hoyer
  • Mitch Trubisky
  • Mike Glennon
  • Chase Daniel
  • Nick Foles
  • Andy Dalton
  • Justin Fields
  • Trevor Siemian
  • Nathan Peterman
  • Tyson Bagent

Ryan Poles can decide to restart the clock at QB by selecting Williams, Maye, or Daniels, or he can stick with Fields. He finally has a top-tier coaching staff to develop the Bears signal-caller for 2024 and beyond. Offensive coordinator Shane Waldron and QB coach Kerry Joseph are highly respected around the league for their ability to get the best out of a QB.

This debate will continue until Ryan Poles pulls the trigger on his decision. And regardless of that decision, the discussion will change into a debate about his decision. Many will support Poles, and others will voice their disappointment no matter his decision.


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Feb 7, 2024 3:29 am

Jerry Azumah is one of my all time favorite Bears. I know his mom a bit, and used to see her about 6-8 times a year. She is a super cool lady. Immediately brought a smile to my face every time I saw her.

Feb 7, 2024 2:58 am

The consistent theme with every single QB listed above: The Bears have never prioritized establishing a pocket for those QBs to throw from. Everything else has been in flux. The Bears have a tendency to build the OL starting with OTs and working into the interior. The last decent center we had was Kruetz, and even then he was undersized and overrated. Look at how NE drafts a G at the back end of the first round, but that G is usually scooped up by other teams after their Pats tenure. We get so far behind we take damaged OLmen.… Read more »

Feb 7, 2024 2:23 am

Can anyone on here honestly say that the Bears are only a quarterback away from being a perennial superbowl contender? If not, why would you want to change quarterbacks and not be able to fill the other holes? It does no good to just throw a different qb in the mess they have had for the last several years.
As far as having so many starting qbs over the years, a good, developing coaching staff probably would have dropped that number significantly.

Feb 6, 2024 10:21 pm

@Unluckyirishman74 The Bears kept picking the wrong coaches, not necessarily the wrong quarterback. But that was because they didn’t identify WHAT they were looking for in a coach. I don’t think that even Poles was sure of what he was looking for last year (2022). In 2023, I think he began to realize what qualities they did NOT have. I don’t know if they hit on every coach, but for once, they actually began with a wide search. They talked to people they would not choose, just for perspective. Sean McVay, even without a long playoff run, lost 6 coaches… Read more »

Feb 6, 2024 10:05 pm

The Bears don’t have a quarterback problem, they have a coaching problem. They simply don’t understand that football is like every other organization that exists. When you don’t invest in the basic, fundamental structure of anything, you can’t patch it up later. Whether you examine any business, the construction of a building, the production of a film, you’d best think about it carefully at the BEGINNING, and build a fundamental structure. FIRST. I always see people debating the color of paint on their walls, but whining about the cost of the foundation of whatever they are building. Top film productions… Read more »

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