How desperate should Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace be to find a quarterback?
The answer is: very desperate. He has mostly been a lousy GM during his tenure with the Bears. He has missed on a lot of high picks and all of the quarterbacks he has brought in. If they have another mediocre or bad season in 2021, he will be fired. As a result, he should be all-in on adding Matthew Stafford. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that the Detroit Lions are looking to move their franchise quarterback.
Matthew Stafford on the Chicago Bears makes so much sense for both sides.
Of course, Deshaun Watson is a better quarterback than Stafford and he is also on the market. We also know that would be a much more expensive trade. Watson has also made it known that his two most desirable destinations are the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. As a result, Stafford would be cheaper and could help them win more football games.
The Bears already declined the fifth-year option of Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles is clearly not the guy. If Stafford came in, he would be handed the starting job the second he walked through those doors. He isn’t necessarilly a long-term solution as he is already 32 years old but he could help get the most out of this current Bears roster.
Stafford has been one of the better quarterbacks over his career but the Detroit Lions have been a disaster of an organization. When you think about how inept the Bears have been, take a look up at Detroit and you might feel a little bit better about the Bears. Detroit has won one playoff game in 63 years and it came about 30 years ago.
In Stafford’s career, he has completed 62.6 percent of his passes. He has 282 touchdown passes and 144 interceptions. His 45,109 career passing yards aren’t too shabby either. He isn’t necessarilly Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, or Drew Brees out there but he should have a much better record than his 74-90-1 record.
Chicago’s defense is going to hope to be improved from 2020 going into 2021 but the offense scoring points is the biggest need. If they add a Matthew Stafford level quarterback, they could be a much more respected playoff team once again.
The biggest obstacle would be getting the Lions to trade him to the Bears, a division rival, over someone in another division or even conference. They have a long way to go before they are a playoff team anyway so if the Bears offer them something nice, you never know. Hopefully, at the bare minimum, Ryan Pace does his due-diligence on this news and tries his best to improve the position.