As I’ve previously noted, I only have around a decade or so of first-hand knowledge of the Chicago Bears, so my experience with hot takes may be very different from someone else’s. Not to mention that this is a very passionate and outspoken fan base in any regard anyway in a sports-driven city such as Chicago.
With all that being said, to me, the worst hot take considering the Bears that I’ve ever read was the other side of the 2017 NFL Draft: taking an immediate impact defensive player over a potential franchise quarterback (the gamble is noted).
This was the rampant debate among anyone associated with the Bears in the past approximate half year or so and I still can’t grasp how anyone wanted for example, a safety over a quarterback. There was only one player I would select over a passer and that was Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett who we all knew was going to the Cleveland Browns.
Outside of that, there was no one I saw that was going to change the Bears franchise. Even Garrett himself, as a pass rusher, wouldn’t have transformed Chicago football as much as a successful quarterback in that light.
The argument of “immediate impact” made no sense to me in that this was a rebuilding Bears team anyway that needed a fresh start under center after releasing Jay Cutler. “Immediate impact” could’ve been a great safety or defensive tackle on a future borderline playoff team that can’t score or win big games. Not to mention that it was time this organization finally made a bold move for the future. For the transitional 2017, none of “immediate impact” mattered in context.
I also didn’t see new free agent signing of the relatively inexperienced Mike Glennon as the answer or a sign that the Bears weren’t going to draft a quarterback high. The plan of a “bridge” and throwing multiple darts at the wall was quite evident. The shock value of selecting Mitchell Trubisky was more about the Bears trading up to draft him, not the actual selection of a quarterback. Whoever was under center was always the first priority for general manager Ryan Pace.
The merits of just how the Bears ended up with Trubisky - or whether they picked the correct person under center - can be debated until the end of time, but ultimately I believe they made the right decision to invest in passer as opposed to every other position. Drafting a successful quarterback is a higher risk with the greatest reward of contention, championships, and accolades unlike the Bears have ever known if he pans out as opposed to one less impactful roster player. I’ll take a potential top-10 quarterback over a top-10 or top-five safety every single time.
Next time the Bears are in position to draft a quarterback high, which hopefully is over a decade away, I don’t look forward to the very same or similar arguments against selecting one being endlessly posed. With the franchise on the line, that risk should reasonably be taken almost every time.
Now it’s your turn: what’s the worst Bears hot take you’ve ever read?
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for the Rock River Times and is an editor for Windy City Gridiron. You can follow me on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.