Chicago Bears fans have been through a lot. For starters, they haven’t seen a franchise QB in years. They haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1985 and a playoff game since 2011. Their best team back in 2018 lost in the Wild Card round (we all know how that ended, I’m not saying it). Then, hope entered this off-season. Trade rumors of a potential Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson trade perked the ears of many Bears fans. The price was going to be very, very steep. However, for a QB hungry team like Chicago, there was no price too high. Heck, GM Ryan Pace threw everything at the Seahawks for a Russel Wilson trade. Seattle didn’t budge and hours later, the Bears signed their “QB1” Andy Dalton. Chicago Bears fans reacted about how you would expect. The Chicago Bears are a mess, and they are a big loser this off-season.
The ARob Dilemma
Star WR Allen Robinson finally signed his franchise tag. However, it wasn’t without public knowledge that he’s upset with the Bears. He wanted an extension, he deserved an extension, Bears fans knew he deserved an extension, but Pace wouldn’t give the money that Robinson wanted. They haven’t talked a long-term contract in a while, and the franchise tag will allow them to (possibly) get back into talks.
In three seasons with the Bears, Robinson has compiled 255 receptions for 3,151 yards and 17 TDs. He has also made a number of spectacular catches, and is a top receiver in contested catches. Since 2019, Robinson has 200 catches and only four drops. Moreover, he was ranked the fifth highest-graded WR in 2020 by Pro Football Focus. ARob is as good as it gets.
The QB Misery
The Bears haven’t had a great QB in a while. It’s no surprise they ride their defense to most wins. The big reason is because of Ryan Pace’s inability to select, sign, or trade for a good one. Here’s a list of the QBs Pace has brought in since taking over.
- Brian Hoyer
- Matt Barkley
- Mike Glennon ($45 million contract, just why?)
- Mitchell Trubisky
- Mark Sanchez
- Chase Daniel
- Nick Foles
- Tyler Bray
- Andy Dalton
Pretty crappy list. This man cannot pick the right QB and the Chicago Bears franchise has paid the price. He should’ve been gone after signing Glennon. How he’s managed to stay employed is beyond me. It won’t surprise me if he drafts a QB even after signing Dalton since we’ve seen it before with Glennon and Trubisky.
Glennon isn’t the only bad decision GM Pace has missed on. Most of them are going to be QBs but there are other decisions that have plagued this team. Just last off-season, Pace handed a 5 yr. / $70 million contract to Robert Quinn to replace Leonard Floyd. All Floyd did was have a breakout season (granted he was on the same line as Aaron Donald) while Quinn was non-existent (two sacks, one forced fumble, and 20 tackles). This has the Bears strapped and they have a lot of cap issues to handle. It’s bloated contracts like this that causes a team to make difficult decisions. One awful, terrible, difficult decision was the release of All-Pro CB Kyle Fuller. Now, the Bears have a big hole in their secondary just because they could no longer afford their top CB.
Another pending dumb decision is not re-signing Cordarrelle Patterson. The stud return man and versatile offensive weapon still has not been signed this off-season, but Bears fans would not be happy to see a fan-favorite get away. Patterson has expressed his desire to stay a Bear, but will walk if he doesn’t get offered a contract. He’s best known for his explosive returns, happy personality, and viral Tik Toks.
Some of the moves Pace has made have been fine, but the way they were executed was questionable. Among them were trading up to select Trubisky when the 49ers had no intentions of taking him and losing draft capital. Signing veteran Jimmy Graham to a $16 million contract with $9 million guaranteed when he could’ve been signed for cheaper. Acquiring Foles instead of signing Dalton last off-season and then giving Foles more money for no reason.
Bears fans have been calling for the dismissal of Pace and Head Coach Matt Nagy for a while. It started to rise more last season. The moves made this off-season have not signaled a clear direction for this team. Signing Dalton to a one-year deal means the Bears are trying to remain competitive, but cutting Fuller, and letting Akiem Hicks seek trade options signifies a possible rebuild. Chicago has made the playoffs two of the last three seasons, however, haven’t won a playoff game since 2011.
Players like Eddie Jackson did not like the release of Fuller. Letting Mitchell Trubisky walk and replacing him with Dalton isn’t a clear upgrade, and Trubisky could’ve been signed for cheaper. Chicago will miss Trubisky’s leadership and locker room presence. Chicago has a lot of holes on their roster, a lackluster front office, two average QBs, no cap space, and a lot of angry fans.