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The Quarterback the Chicago Bears Need

This year for Chicago, the defense has done it all.

Mitchell Trubisky against the Buffalo Bills. (Pro Football Weekly, Nov. 2018)

Mitchell Trubisky has shown flashes here and there. But, it won’t be enough to win the fans over after a shocking playoff exit against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018. He isn’t the right fit for Matt Nagy‘s offense, even though he led his North Carolina offense and was the second pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Bears will continue with the Ohio native, but which playcaller would lift Chicago into becoming a NFC contender?

Chicago needs a mobile quarterback due to its weak offensive line. Two viable options to accommodate Nagy’s shotgun and run-pass option offense would be Cam Newton or either Gardner Minshew/Nick Foles.

Cam Newton

With Kyle Allen taking over at Carolina, Newton is set to be on the market next season. Newton is arguably one of the most mobile quarterbacks in the NFL right now, but injuries have set him back. If fully healthy, Newton could be the mobility Chicago needs in a shotgun formation.

Gardner Minshew II
Minshew II launching a pass, avoiding a Shaq Thompson sack. (Sports Illustrated, Oct. 2019)

Chicago should still have their eyes on the Mania coming from Jacksonville, in rookie Gardner Minshew II. When Foles went out injured in Week 1, Gardner took over in a big way. Despite a struggling Jaguars’ offense, Minshew built a rapport with wideouts D.J. Chark Jr. and Chris Conley, averaging 243 passing yards a game. The connection that Chark has with Minshew has helped cement his position as a top 10 wide receiver in fantasy football.

Nick Foles

If Jacksonville does decide to keep Minshew, Nick Foles could be another option for Chicago. Foles helped the Philadelphia Eagles win Super Bowl LII in Carson Wentz‘s absence. His arm strength has been proven, airing it out for 373 yards and three touchdowns on the biggest stage. He also showed his mobility by catching a touchdown pass from tight end Trey Burton, in a play famously known as “The Philly Special”.

If Chicago gets a swift quarterback by signing any of these players, it would give Chicago a more offensive threat for opponents to worry about. A speedy quarterback would also give the rookie power halfback, David Montgomery, more room to run. Not just that, Chicago’s defense is nearly unstoppable once motivated. With elite coverage provided by Kyle Fuller, Eddie Jackson and Khalil Mack, Chicago might have nothing to worry about if the offense can pose a threat.

 

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