Chicago Bears: Trading for Matt Ryan in 2021 would yield a Super Bowl

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The Chicago Bears have an unconvincing history at the quarterback position. If they do not fix this position immediately, their championship window could be closing sooner than expected.

After six weeks, the Chicago Bears are 5-1 and sit atop the NFC North. However, there are still many questions about this team, namely around new quarterback Nick Foles and the Chicago offense.

While there are also questions about the ineptitude of the offensive line and how that impacts the Bears’ lack of a run game, there is no doubt that the addition of Nick Foles has been the main storyline in Chicago since he was brought here, and continues to be as he now captains the offense.

Behind a giant wall of Swiss cheese masquerading as an offensive line, Foles has been an upgrade from former No. 2 overall pick Mitch Trubisky, but nothing special. He’s played in three games with a 2-1 record, completing 62.5% of his passes for 878 yards with a 6/4 touchdown to interception ratio.

He also carries 5.8 yards per attempt and an 80.4 passer rating.

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His most outstanding feature to Bears fans has been his outspoken leadership and his ability to make decisions on the field that perhaps don’t go along with what head coach Matt Nagy always wants.

I think this may be a bit of an overreaction from Bears fans who have yet to see an actual NFL quarterback command their team in the modern era.

To be frank, I don’t believe 2020 is the year of the Chicago Bears entirely because of their offensive limitations, but there are a few things that can make this team favorites for the Super Bowl by this time next year.

The first thing is to trade for veteran Matt Ryan in the 2021 free agency period.

Ryan will be 36 years old by the time next year starts and there have been rumblings going on in Georgia that Arthur Blank does not see him as the man under center once their rebuild gets going next year.

The former MVP quarterback will be more than likely be looking for one more shot at a ring before he retires, and Chicago has the makings of a team he could be interested in.

Allen Robinson (if he re-signs) is a bonafide number one option, with rookie Darnell Mooney emerging as a promising deep threat. Tight end Jimmy Graham is enjoying a career renaissance while Cole Kmet is well on his way to earning more reps at the same position. Fan-favorite Cordarrelle Patterson is a great swiss army knife.

I’m still personally on the David Montgomery train, and the only other big issue is the offensive line, which should be addressed in the first round of next year’s draft.

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The defense would still be mostly intact and the Bears could take a quarterback in the second round (prospects found here) to sit behind Ryan for a year or two. This would give the chance for Chicago to still make use of their prime defense and compete while also planning for their future.

Ryan hasn’t thrown for less than 4,000 yards since his third year in the league (a nine-year streak) and has thrown for over 30 touchdowns three times over his career. His touchdown to interception ratio for his career is also in the top ten all-time, above names such as Peyton Manning and Steve Young.

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Ryan has the capability to lead a strong offense that fans haven’t seen since the prime days of Jay Cutler, and could ride out the rest of his contract on a contending team. His potential future presence would only make the Bears better.