The Bears should start thinking about the future of the quarterback position

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is once again on the injured list
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is once again on the injured list


With Jay Cutler on the injured list again, along with Josh McCown playing at the ripe old (from a football standpoint) age of 34 and with Jordan Palmer still unproven in the NFL, the Bears need to start thinking past the immediate future of their quarterback position. General manager Phil Emery and his staff need to start thinking for 2015 and beyond when it comes to signal callers. The Bears have only been to the playoffs once under Jay Cutler, but granted it’s not entirely his fault.


With Lovie Smith and his staff no longer around to shoulder the blame however, it becomes easier to point out Cutler’s faults. Plus, his injury history with the Bears is well documented. And at this point the 2014 franchise tag looks more realistic than the $100 million extension he’s hoping for. Not to mention the fact that Jay will be 31 in April.

McCown may be having the best season of his career under Marc Trestman.┬áBut at 34 one must ask how much longer he can keep up with the rigors of training and commitment required to play in the NFL. After all, Brian Urlacher retired at 35. Plus, McCown’s entire career has shown that he hasn’t always been consistent or dependable.

Jordan Palmer is only on the Bears roster in case McCown goes down (God forbid). Palmer has only thrown 15 pass attempts in his six year career, he isn’t the long-term solution either. Neither is Trent Edwards (who played with the Bears in preseason) or Jerrod Johnson (he was briefly on the Bears practice squad in September). The only option is to find the arm of the future in the 2014 NFL Draft.

When the draft rolls around there will be plenty of arms to choose from (that was not the case with this years draft). Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, Fresno State’s Derek Carr and Michigan’s Devin Gardner are just some of the many names that will be on the board next spring (Of course not all of them will be available when the Bears get to pick but it’s nice to dream).

Eventually, the Bears will have to rebuild and start from scratch again. The quarterback position is the centerpiece of any rebuilding franchise. The Bears need to starting thinking ahead instead of just day-to-day. Follow me on Twitter @GabeSalgado82


4 thoughts on “The Bears should start thinking about the future of the quarterback position

  • November 12, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    Cutler has never been given a 3 year stretch with the same offense. Name me one other quarterback in the league who has been to the playoffs multiple times under the same circumstances. I’ll bet you can’t. Cutler can’t live up to his potential because he’s constantly learning a new system. This year, under marc trestmans offense and some talent around him on the offensive line and at the skill positions, cutler is finally starting to look like a top quarterback when healthy. Give Cutler 3 years in the same system for once, if he doesn’t succeed then move on from him. And it’s not like the Bears have a ripe history of success with drafting quarterbacks.

  • November 12, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Whoa, relax. I’m not saying let’s just kick Cutler to the curb. I’m just saying that it would be wise for the Bears to start thinking about life without Cutler.

  • November 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I was thinking a franchise tag would be the best choice for Cutler and the Bears current situation. They have a magnitude of other players who will have contracts expiring this coming season and that includes most of our secondary (the only thing that has really held this team together) That and the fact we have such a deep QB draft class coming up we could get a real good system guy like AJ McCarron later in the 3rd or 4th rounds.

  • November 14, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Agreed, it’s not that I want to get rid of Cutler. But he’s 31, the injuries are starting to pile up, and eventually the Bears are going to have start investing in the future.

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