The Chicago Bears Face Quarterback Dilemma as Season Continues
The Chicago Bears are currently sitting at two wins on the season, with one victory under the leadership of Justin Fields and the other with Tyson Bagent at quarterback. This has left fans divided, with some still believing in Fields while others advocate for Bagent to continue starting. However, a recent loss to the Saints, marked by Bagent’s four turnovers, has caused even the staunchest Bagent supporters to question their stance. Now, the question arises: how does the Bears’ organization feel about the situation? Will they look to retain Fields or explore other options?
Fields’ Return Delayed, Bagent to Start Against Panthers
The team will have to wait at least one more week before seeing Justin Fields back in action. Tyson Bagent is set to start on Thursday night against the Panthers, as Fields is doubtful to play. In a peculiar exchange, Bears coach Matt Eberflus accidentally revealed that Fields won’t be taking the field, further fueling speculation about the team’s quarterback situation.
Bears Eyeing High Draft Picks in 2024 NFL Draft
As of now, the Chicago Bears hold the second and third overall picks in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft. While circumstances can change over the next eight games, it seems unlikely that the Bears won’t secure at least one top-three pick. This is due to the team’s ownership of not only their own first-round pick but also the Carolina Panthers’ first-round pick. Currently, the Panthers hold the second draft slot, while the Bears sit at third. The top pick belongs to the Cardinals, but with Kyler Murray’s impending return, their chances of securing more wins may increase. Acquiring the top pick in the 2024 NFL Draft would be a significant achievement for the Bears.
Expert Opinion: Ryan Leaf on Justin Fields
“I felt like he was showing it. This is where we were headed, and unfortunately, the injury happened. I expect when he comes back, they don’t miss a step. Bagent is not Justin Fields. I don’t think Caleb Williams is Justin Fields, to be honest with you. I don’t think Drake Maye is. I think Justin Fields is your guy.”
- Ryan Leaf, Former NFL QB
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf recently shared his thoughts on Justin Fields during an appearance on Football Night Chicago. Leaf expressed his belief that Fields possesses the qualities necessary to be the franchise quarterback for the Chicago Bears. He emphasized that Bagent, Caleb Williams, and Drake Maye do not compare to Fields’ potential and impact.
Building a Strong Offensive Line for the Future
Some analysts suggest that the Bears’ General Manager, Ryan Poles, should prioritize bringing in an elite left tackle prospect to pair with Marvin Harrison Jr., rather than drafting Caleb Williams or Drake Maye. This strategy would allow the team to focus on selecting another quarterback on Day 2 of the draft. The addition of Olu Fashanu and Marvin Harrison Jr. to the Chicago Bears’ roster would provide a formidable offensive line for years to come. With Braxton Jones as the swing tackle, the team’s offensive line would be considered one of the best in the league. The final piece of the puzzle would be finding a reliable center.
Coaching Decision Looms for the Bears
The Chicago Bears also face a crucial coaching decision. If Matt Eberflus is fired, it would make sense for the team to bring in a new quarterback. However, if Eberflus remains, Fields must be given the opportunity to lead the team. Fans hope that Fields can demonstrate his potential over the remaining seven weeks of the season, solidifying their confidence in him alongside two top-5 draft prospects. Despite the dilemma, many, including Ryan Leaf, lean towards Fields as the preferred choice, even with the potential for a new coach.