The Chicago Bears have put all their eggs within the Russell Wilson basket, and if that commerce doesn’t pan out, they are going to discover themselves in the identical quarterback purgatory the place they’ve largely resided for many years. The cycle restarted itself within the 2017 NFL Draft, when the Bears traded 4 picks to maneuver up from third to second total with a purpose to take Mitchell Trubisky. It hasn’t fairly gone how they deliberate.
With free company underway, and a pair quarterback trades already going down, the choices are getting just a little skinny for the Bears. If the Wilson commerce doesn’t transpire, what signal-caller may the Bears signal that will infuriate the hell out of their fanbase?
At the least, that’s what I used to be writing.
I child you not. As I used to be placing the ultimate touches on an inventory of potential, terrible, low cost veteran QBs the Bears may flip to after ready means too lengthy to deal with the place — an inventory that included Andy Dalton — Dalton signed with the Bears. One 12 months, $10 million assured. As much as $13 million with incentives.
Dalton is coming off a backup season in Dallas the place he stepped in for the injured Dak Prescott, going 4-5 in 9 begins with a 64.9 completion proportion, 14 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He was positively mediocre.
For Chicago, Dalton’s arrival probably signifies that commerce talks with the Seahawks collapsed, so Bears basic supervisor Ryan Tempo as an alternative scraped the underside of a moldy quarterback barrel and plugged in no matter got here up as his starter for 2021. That, or the Bears are nonetheless curious about Wilson, and are about to supply a fully obscene quantity of picks to the Seahawks for him, losing Dalton’s $10 million within the course of. Both or.
Tempo royally effed up this whole scenario. You assume Andy Dalton’s getting older arm is a greater possibility than simply choosing up the fifth-year possibility on Mitchell Trubisky, which they declined earlier than final season? Come on. For those who didn’t have a plan for find out how to assault the necessity and improve the place, then why decline Trubisky’s possibility? Tempo had virtually a full calendar 12 months to provide you with a plan for quarterback, and that is what he settled on? That’s tough.
However hey, a minimum of Chicago followers are used to this stage of disappointment, proper? When the most effective quarterback you’ve had in franchise historical past is smokin’ Jay Cutler, that’s a reasonably unhappy listing. Let’s simply say that the Chicago natives within the Deadspin firm chat have been apoplectic, stringing profanities collectively in a wild, passionate-yet-deeply-scarred string of emotional self-awareness not like many issues I’ve been lucky sufficient to witness.
Nicely, Bears followers, my deepest condolences on the most recent addition to a franchise stuffed with mediocrity. If that is the straw that breaks the camel’s again and results in Tempo’s eventual firing, perhaps it’ll be a blessing in disguise.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.