Before you read any further, go ahead and take a moment to look inward and wonder why you clicked on this. Why are you doing this to yourself? You could have been spared.
As is becoming somewhat of a weekly tradition, ESPN unveiled another NFL Power Rankings on Monday morning. This week's spin was Future Projections for all 32 teams over the next three years, and reader, the Bears were ripped to shreds. Of all 32 NFL teams, only the Jaguars were ranked lower. Five subjects – roster, quarterback, coaching, drafting, and front office – weighed into the list, with teams being given an overall letter grade (100 being elite, 90 being an 'A', 80 a 'B' etc) based on the combination. The Bears got a 68. Here's what Field Yates wrote:
Being ranked this low is not a reflection of where the team probably will finish in 2020 -- there's enough reason to think Chicago can hang around for a while in the NFC North with good quarterback play -- but a reflection of some recent major personnel decisions: GM Ryan Pace hand-picked Trubisky, has been heavy-handed at times in free agency (Jimmy Graham as a recent example) and mortgaged much draft capital for a win-now approach.
And here's what Louis Riddick (cough cough who's supposedly close with Nagy cough cough) said:
Many things are in place in Chicago: solid coaching staff, strong defense, improved skill position players, and an OL that has some good pieces to improve. But the QB competition will decide the fate of this franchise both short and long term. I happen to believe that it has to be Foles' time in the Windy City, or there could be major changes on the horizon.
Here's Jeremy Fowler's take:
This one is pretty simple: The quarterbacks on the Bears' roster in 2020 aren't guaranteed to be the answer for future years. Let's see if Foles and Matt Nagy can reignite their Kansas City chemistry. But if Dak Prescott is available as a 2021 free agent, the Bears would be foolish not to explore that possibility.
And one last gut punch from Seth Walder:
Foles' cap hit is more than six times what New England will pay Cam Newton this year. And that's not counting Foles' 2021 guaranteed roster bonus and the rest of his prorated bonus. That Chicago actually traded a fourth-round pick for Foles instead of waiting for Newton or Winston was a failure by the front office at the game's most important position
Of all five previously-mentioned metrics involved, the Bears ranked 20th, 31st, 22nd, 32nd, and 30th, respectively. Just don't think about this anymore. We'll cross this bridge when we get to it.