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Should Bears be worried about backup quarterback situation?


Should Bears be worried about backup quarterback situation?

Good quarterbacks are hard to come by, and finding two of them seems almost impossible. But as Bears fans have seen over the last decade, having a quality backup can be the difference between a lost season and keeping the ship afloat.

A pair of former NFL quarterbacks-turned-analysts have some concerns over Chicago’s depth behind Mitchell Trubisky. Chris Simms and his father, Phil Simms, discussed the worst backup quarterback situations in the NFL, and both agreed the Bears are near the top.

“Chicago would worry me,” Phil Simms said. “Chase Daniels, yes, he’s going to be great in the preseason but I saw him play those two games last year, especially outdoors, and you have to worry a lot.”

Chase Daniel stepped in last season when Mitchell Trubisky suffered a shoulder injury, and he beat the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving before losing to the New York Giants in overtime.

He took care of the ball in Detroit, completing 73% of his passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns, but he had issues in New York with two interceptions and four fumbles.

“You have a Super Bowl team and if you have to go on the road, what do I mean go on the road, play in Chicago or anywhere where else that the situation isn’t perfect, he’s going to struggle,” Phil Simms said.

One of the highest-paid backup quarterbacks in the NFL, Daniel was brought in primarily to help Trubisky develop in Matt Nagy’s offense.

That aspect seems to be working well, but he might not be the most reliable option in the worse case scenarios where he has to start for a stretch of regular season games.

Sports Illustrated predicts Bears will finish last in NFC North in 2019

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Sports Illustrated predicts Bears will finish last in NFC North in 2019

If not for upset Colts fans following the retirement of Andrew Luck, the Twitter mentions of Sports Illustrated writer Andy Benoit would be a war zone of angry Bears fans who read his NFL predictions for the 2019 season.

In the latest print edition of the magazine, Benoit projects Chicago to finish 7-9 this year — last in the NFC North.

His NFL predictions don’t have a web version as of yet, but he sees the Minnesota Vikings winning the division and taking the No. 3 seed in the playoffs at 11-5. The Green Bay Packers finish second at 10-6 with a wildcard spot, and even the Detroit Lions end up ahead of the Bears at 9-7.

Benoit’s analysis is based on expecting a step back from Chicago’s defense that led the NFL in 2018. He also foresees “mixed results” from Mitchell Trubisky during his second season in Matt Nagy’s offense.

Benoit ranks the Bears quarterback, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends all outside of the top 20 position groups in the NFL, with the offensive line ranking 10th. He still likes the front seven as the best unit in the league, but he sees the secondary as average at No. 17.

He’s not the first analyst to forecast regression for the Bears this season, but not many have gone as far to put them at the bottom of the division after last year’s 12-4 breakout.
The pitchforks and torches may fly off the shelves faster than Sports Illustrated magazines in Chicago this week.

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Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano ‘will forever be a huge Andrew Luck fan’

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Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano ‘will forever be a huge Andrew Luck fan’

The entire NFL is still reeling from the Andrew Luck’s bombshell decision to retire from football.

The story that overshadowed the Bears third preseason game in Indianapolis has the whole league reacting to the bold move from one of the most talented quarterbacks in the game.

Former Colts head coach and current Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano issued a statement Sunday on the player he drafted No. 1 overall in 2012.

“Our friendship extends well beyond player-coach and I wish him, his beautiful wife Nicole and their growing family nothing but the best,” Pagano said. “I will forever be a huge Andrew Luck fan.”

Pagano and Luck combined to go 43-27 over five seasons together. The head coach saw his quarterback through abdomen and shoulder injuries that eventually cost him the entire 2017 season and led to Pagano’s departure.

Luck, of course, was by his coach’s side when he battled Leukemia in 2012.

The quarterback’s retirement ultimately comes down to his health, and Pagano knows better than anyone how Luck battled through issues the last seven years.