The NFL is a quarterback driven league, and if your favorite team doesn’t have a quarterback, then your favorite team can’t be considered a legit threat to win a Super Bowl.
Right now the Chicago Bears don’t have a quarterback that gives me any confidence in this team, so for the first time since the FanPulse has been polling fans, I voted that I have no confidence in the direction of the franchise. I still think Ryan Pace is a solid general manager, but until he gets the QB right, my confidence that this franchise can reach the ultimate goal is very low.
Championship quarterbacks come in all shapes and sizes, but keep in mind the Trent Dilfers of the world are few and far between. Since Dilfer rode along with Baltimore’s defensive juggernaut in 2000, every championship QB was either a Pro Bowl type or a veteran that got hot at the right time. The statistically “worst” Super Bowl winning quarterback since 2000 was Peyton Manning with the Broncos in his final season (2015), but Manning knew how to manage a game and he just did enough to let their fantastic defense lead the way.
Unless Mitchell Trubisky goes on a serious hot streak to close out the 2019 season, I think the Bears have to get some competition in for 2020. Whether that’s via a draft pick or a free agent, the Bears need another option next season.
A quick look at our FanPulse results after the loss to the New Orleans Saints show our fan base is one of the least confident in the NFL.
We’re at a paltry 9% right now, which is tied with fans of the Los Angeles Chargers, so after this Sunday one of our fanbases will get a slight uptick. (Yay...) There are only 5 fanbases that have a lower confidence level than our 9% and the Bears face the team with the 30th ranked confidence results after the Charger game when they travel to Philadelphia for a wildcard rematch with the Eagles.
Now just because there are 91% of us Bears’ fans that aren’t confident right now, that doesn’t make us lesser fans and it certainly doesn’t make us “haters.” It means we’re disgruntled at the product on the field, but like all fans we’re hopeful that the team, and Mitch Trubisky, can turn it around.
What a difference a year makes...