The NFC North team with the least amount of clarity at the quarterback position is the Chicago Bears.
Even though Mike Glennon received the big-money contract, it’s a team-friendly deal that can be easily escaped with minimal damage on the books. Even with Glennon’s addition, the Bears still fall in line behind Aaron Rodgers (Packers), Matthew Stafford (Lions), and arguably Sam Bradford/Teddy Bridgewater (Vikings) in the quarterback department.
Over at NFL.com, Elliot Harrison ponders whether or not the Bears would consider investing in a quarterback on Day 2 of the draft. While defense has been the focus of mock drafts this offseason, the team didn’t do much to solidify the quarterback position long-term. So after taking a defensive stud with their first-round pick, could the Bears use a second-rounder if one of the top rated quarterbacks takes a tumble down the draft board?
It’s certainly worth asking.
- Tight end prospect Evan Engram said he isn’t all that familiar with Bears game tape, but it’s fair to say he knows a need and a fit when he sees one. Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times catches up with the Ole Miss product ahead of the NFL Draft as part of a positional preview highlight tight ends. Engram recently visited the Bears and could inject some youth and pass-catching ability to a position group led by veteran Zach Miller, 33 in October, and relatively untested Dion Sims, who has started just 22 games since making his professional debut in 2013. The need isn’t high on the team’s list of priorities, and understandably so with Miller and Sims in tow. However, that could change quickly if Miller gets bitten by the injury bug again and Sims doesn’t take a step forward in development. The Bears could stand to add an impact piece at a position that has some depth in this draft.
- There is something a bit off about pre-draft won-loss projections for the 2017 season, but I must say I’m still intrigued. Football Outsiders provided a glimpse into their crystal ball and shared their projection of a Bears 7-9 season. While it would be an improvement for a team that has won nine games in John Fox’s first two seasons as head coach, the Bears still lag behind the division-leading Packers. And they’ll do so with a losing record for the fourth consecutive season.
- This is certainly a different look for former Bears cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman:
— Charles Tillman (@peanuttillman) April 11, 2017
- Tillman recently provided details of his draft-day experience from 2003 with a first-person account via Larry Mayer. He was a second-round pick (35th overall) who was part of a decent draft class that also featured linebacker Lance Briggs and quarterback Rex Grossman. Tillman picked off 36 passes, forced 42 fumbles (recovered 11), and scored nine defensive touchdowns during the 156 games of his 12-year Bears career.
- NFL Draft re-do pieces could be seen as an exercise in revisionist history, but they are also a reminder of how hit-and-miss drafting can be for all teams – even the ones known for their player evaluation and development skills. The Bears drafted Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi in the first round of the 2011 draft with an eye on protecting quarterback Jay Cutler. That didn’t quite pan out as Carimi played only 18 games in two seasons in Chicago before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013. NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein’s draft day do-over sends Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith to Chicago, giving Cutler the kind of vertical threat the Bears offense lacked during that time. Hopefully, Markus Wheaton can be that guy moving forward.
- A slight majority of you want no part of the Bears being on HBO’s Hard Knocks television show, and you’ll likely get your wish as the Buccaneers are seen as the leaders to be the team showcased in the made-for-reality-TV football program.
- You won’t find any Bears among the NFL Shop’s most popular jerseys, but it’s interesting to note that Tom Brady was the top-selling football jersey in the state of Illinois. Pretty much sums up the state of the franchise’s quarterback conundrum, doesn’t it?