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Do the Bears really have the worst 'QB situation’ in the NFC North?

Do the Bears really have the worst 'QB situation’ in the NFC North?

The Bears have the worst quarterback situation in the NFC North, and are 25th overall at the most important position in football, according to these SI.com offseason rankings. 

Do they really, though?

Well, first, these are the QB situations that the Bears are deemed better than:

26. Bills – Josh Allen

27. Broncos – Joe Flacco

28. Bengals – Andy Dalton

29. Bucs – Jameis Winston

God, I sure hope so.

The next closest 2018 playoff team to the Bears ? The Ravens and Lamar Jackson at No. 18, with an asterisk to new Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles at No. 22.

As for the NFC North:

4. Aaron Rodgers

19. Matthew Stafford

21. Kirk Cousins

25. Mitch Trubisky

Of course Rodgers is gonna be top 5, but let’s conservatively say more than half of Tyler Dunne’s Green Bay expose was accurate. All of a sudden at the age of 35, the most talented quarterback to ever play is gonna start mentoring young guys and completely buy into a young head coach’s system with Matt LaFleur? He may not even have to for the Packers to be a playoff team, he’s that good, but it’s no guarantee.

Stafford has been to the playoffs just twice in the last seven seasons and has never won a playoff game. And the Lions appear to be stuck with him for at least two more years with a cap hit of about $30 million per season.

And all Kirk Cousins is doing is continuing to draw the skepticism of his own head coach, Mike Zimmer, and putting a massive cooler on his alma mater Michigan State with a Final Four pregame speech. Say it with me, Bears fans: two more years, fully guaranteed for the rest of that $84M.

Which leads us to Mitch, coming off what should have been two fourth quarter comeback (and a game-winning) drives, in the playoffs, entering the biggest offseason of any Bears player in recent memory, while still on his rookie contract.

Are we sure the Bears don’t actually have the best quarterback situation in the NFC North?

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Report: Bears have ‘been in touch’ with Bengals about Andy Dalton trade

Report: Bears have ‘been in touch’ with Bengals about Andy Dalton trade

As the Bears look to acquire a veteran quarterback to push Mitch Trubisky, one name that’s been thrown around is Andy Dalton.

According to The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., the Bears have “been in touch” with the Bengals regarding a potential Dalton trade.

Dalton comes with a hefty cap hit ($17.5 million) and is only under contract through 2020, but Trubisky being on his rookie deal would help the Bears stomach his salary. The 32-year-old threw for 3,494 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season, sporting 78.3 passer rating.

Adding Dalton would give the Bears insurance in case Trubisky’s 2019 struggles persist next season. Dalton is an established veteran who is familiar with Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The two worked together from 2016-18, when Lazor was Cincinnati’s quarterbacks coach (2016) and OC (2017-18).

Dehner’s report doesn't offer any specific packages the Bears and Bengals have discussed. However, barring a surprise, Cincinnati will select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow No. 1 overall in the NFL draft in two months. Considering Burrow is set to become the Bengals’ quarterback of the future, trading Dalton will give him the chance to play elsewhere.

The Bears have made it clear Trubisky is entering 2020 as their starter. However, someone like Dalton could usurp him if the former No. 2 overall pick can’t find his footing this season.

Black History Month: The courage to be a black quarterback

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Black History Month: The courage to be a black quarterback

NBCS Chicago is celebrating Black History Month with special episodes to discuss the impact of the black athlete in sports. In the final episode of the series, Laurence Holmes is joined by his "Football Aftershow" teammate and former Chicago Bear Alex Brown to discuss, making coaching in the NFL more diverse, is the Rooney Rule helping, and the common practice of moving black quarterbacks to other positions.

(4:20) - Alex Brown on being pushed to not play quarterback in high school

(9:15) - Jalen Hurts asked would he be willing to change positions in the NFL

(17:03) - Alex Brown on playing in a Super Bowl that featured 2 black head coaches

(22:12) - Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy not being mentioned for a head coaching job

(26:00) - Does the Rooney Rule work?

(40:35) - Overcoming unfairness

(44:28) - Watching a NFL where there are successful black quarterbacks

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player  below:

Under Center Podcast

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