The offseason is list-season in the NFL and while we won’t share them all with you guys, we will share some that could generate discussion when it pertains to our Chicago Bears.
NFL.com ranked all 32 quarterbacks each week during the 2019 season, and with the season in the books, they wanted to bring one more expanded list to the forefront. But this time their QB Index panelists — NFL.com editors Ali Bhanpuri, Tom Blair, Gennaro Filice and Dan Parr — ranked every single quarterback that threw a pass in 2019. They didn’t speculate on improvement from these QBs in 2020, nor did they take into account past performances, because they wanted their list to be a snapshot of the 2019 season only.
Here’s how they saw the Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky.
Individual Rank: Bhanpuri: 30 | Blair: 29 | Filice: 34 | Parr: 31
2019 regular season stats: 15 games | 63.2 pct | 3,138 pass yds | 6.1 ypa | 17 pass TD | 10 INT | 193 rush yds | 2 rush TD | 2 fumbles lost
Bhanpuri: I want Trubisky to be successful. I really do. But I think after the season we just saw from the former No. 2 overall pick, the best and most practical way for this franchise to extract more out of that position is to add some real competition this offseason. I guarantee Bears fans would much rather GM Ryan Pace backtrack than continue doubling down on a mistake.
I’m certain that Pace is going to add some legit competition this offseason, and with several quarterbacks on the trade block, the chopping block, or looking for a new team as a free agent, he’ll have plenty of options.
The Cincinnati Bengals are actively shopping Andy Dalton, and he does have ties to current Bears’ offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Dalton is also the QB that tied with Trubisky at 30, and here’s what they said about him.
Individual Rank: Bhanpuri: 35 | Blair: 28 | Filice: 31 | Parr: 30
2019 regular season stats: 13 games | 59.5 pct | 3,494 pass yds | 6.6 ypa | 16 pass TD | 14 INT | 73 rush yds | 4 rush TD | 4 fumbles lost
Bhanpuri: If Dalton is indeed out after nine seasons as the Bengals’ QB1, I think he showed enough in spurts to generate some low-level trade interest in the coming weeks. That said, the franchise could do right by its all-time passing touchdown leader and cut him loose to let him decide his own future.
Low level trade interest being the key words there, because no one is going to flip anything significant for Dalton’s $17.7 million dollar cap hit in 2020, especially when the Bengals could cut him without taking any dead cap money. A 7th rounder to ensure they wouldn’t need to bid against another team could make sense, but I think the smart play (if the Bears do have interest) is to wait for him to get cut then offer him a reasonable deal. Dalton isn’t going to have many chances to start and he has to believe he would beat out Trubisky in Chicago.
Another rumored trade target for Pace and the Bears is the Raiders Derek Carr, whom it’s speculated that head coach Jon Gruden is ready to move on from. Carr landed on the QB Index at 16th overall.
Individual Rank: Bhanpuri: 17 | Blair: 16 | Filice: 18 | Parr: 16
2019 regular season stats: 16 games | 70.4 pct | 4,054 pass yds | 7.9 ypa | 21 pass TD | 8 INT | 82 rush yds | 2 rush TD | 3 fumbles lost
Filice: Carr set career highs in completion percentage (70.4), passing yards (4,054), yards per attempt (7.9) and passer rating (100.8). But was it enough to convince Jon Gruden the marriage will prosper in Sin City?
Of all the possible trade targets for the Bears, Carr is my favorite. While I think he has some problems to his game, he’s also a talented QB that can efficiently run an offense.
Nick Foles is another QB that has been linked to the Bears because of his familiarity with the offense and now with QB coach John DeFilippo at Halas Hall there’s another connection. The Jaguars may not be ready to turn the franchise over to Gardner Minshew, but if they are it makes sense to trade Foles, who was 39th on the QB Index.
Individual Rank: Bhanpuri: 37 | Blair: 38 | Filice: 38 | Parr: 40
2019 regular season stats: 4 games | 65.8 pct | 736 pass yds | 6.3 ypa | 3 pass TD | 2 INT | 23 rush yds | 0 rush TD | 2 fumbles lost
Filice: With the ink barely dry on his $88 million offseason deal, Foles hit paydirt on his second drive as a Jaguar, delivering a beautiful, 35-yard touchdown pass through contact. Unfortunately, that contact broke his clavicle and gave rise to Minshew Mania.
But, I’d rather the Bears not make an offer to the Jags for Foles. He’s always been a streaky player and that type of inconsistency isn’t what the Bears need right now.
There were a few other players rumored to be on the trade block listed as Cam Newton checked in at 40, Josh Rosen was 52nd, and the recently rumored on the block Matthew Stafford was tied at 8, but Stafford’s contract makes him an unlikely trade candidate.
The Bears did have another QB take reps in 2019, so before moving on to the free agents, let’s see what they had to say about Chase Daniel, who was their 42nd ranked QB.
Individual Rank: Bhanpuri: 41 | Blair: 42 | Filice: 41 | Parr: 42
2019 regular season stats: 3 games | 70.3 pct | 435 pass yds | 6.8 ypa | 3 pass TD | 2 INT | 6 rush yds | 0 rush TD | 0 fumbles lost
Parr: Look, Daniel has made just five starts over his 11 NFL seasons for a reason. He had one respectable performance and one showing that ended horribly in his two 2019 starts with the Bears, placing him right in the not the worst but not good tier of quarterbacks.
Daniel is a free agent and not likely to return to the Bears.
The QB Index has the 2020 free agent quarterback class led by Drew Brees at 4th overall, with Ryan Tennehill at 6, Dak Prescott at 11, Tom Brady at 14, and Teddy Bridgewater at 19th.
Here’s what they said about Teddy.
Individual Rank: Bhanpuri: 20 | Blair: 17 | Filice: 21 | Parr: 19
2019 regular season stats: 9 games | 67.9 pct | 1,384 pass yds | 7.1 ypa | 9 pass TD | 2 INT | 31 rush yds | 0 rush TD | 0 fumbles lost
Filice: Drew Brees gets sidelined for five weeks, and the Saints win the NFC South by six games. What sorcery is this?! It’s colloquially referred to as Teddy Two Gloves. Bridgewater went a perfect 5-0 in relief of the injured starter, completing 67.9 percent of his passes with a 9:2 TD-to-INT ratio.
I can’t see the Saints allowing the 27-year old Bridgewater to leave, but picking him over Drew Brees would be a tough PR spin for the franchise. Rumors persist that if the Saints don’t want Brees back that he’ll retire, but I don’t see him as the type of competitor that wouldn’t want to exit the NFL unless it was on his own terms.
Free agents Philip Rivers and Jameis Winston are at 21 and 22, and with the recent revelation that Winston is getting Lasik surgery, does that make him more attractive?
Individual Rank: Bhanpuri: 22 | Blair: 21 | Filice: 22 | Parr: 21
2019 regular season stats: 16 games | 60.7 pct | 5,109 pass yds | 8.2 ypa | 33 pass TD | 30 INT | 250 rush yds | 1 rush TD | 5 fumbles lost
Parr: There’s one player in NFL history who has thrown 30 TD passes and 30 INTs in a season. His name is Jameis Winston. The pending free agent continues to strike a truly singular balance between dazzling and horrifying play.
Winston just turned 26-years old, so his best football could be in front of him, and now with his vision getting corrected who knows what the future holds.
Matt Moore (32nd ranked) has experience in an Andy Reid system, and Case Keenum (34th) played his best football with Coach DeFilippo, but it’s their 35th rated QB that has been rumored to be Chicago bound for the last several months. Here’s what they had to say about Marcus Mariota.
Individual Rank: Bhanpuri: 32 | Blair: 37 | Filice: 36 | Parr: 35
2019 stats: 7 games | 59.4 pct | 1,203 pass yds | 7.5 ypa | 7 pass TD | 2 INT | 129 rush yds | 0 rush TD | 0 fumbles lost
Blair: Here’s hoping a change of scenery helps the former Heisman Trophy winner finally fulfill the potential the Titans waited on for five frustrating seasons. And that his agent was taking notes from Ryan Tannehill’s.
The quarterback shuffle could lead to the Colts cutting Jacoby Brissett, who was 27th on the QB Index, and 33rd rated Joe Flacco could also be a cap casualty.
Regardless of your thoughts on whether Mitchell Trubisky is going to be the QB1 for the Bears in 2020 or not, they still need to add competition to the quarterback room since he’s the only QB under contract. Both Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray are free agents, so Pace has to add a vet.
Which QB do you think the Bears will add this offseason, and which QB do you want them to add?