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.