The 2021 NFL offseason was an eventful one for a few teams, in particular. The Chicago Bears, for one, found their long-term solution at quarterback, drafting Justin Fields at 11 overall.
Elsewhere, a division rival saw a big switch happen under center. The Detroit Lions swapped Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff and some draft capital, seeing the former no. 1 overall pick head to the Los Angeles Rams to unite with head coach Sean McVay.
The San Francisco 49ers also made a big move, drafting North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance at no. 3 overall. Head coach Kyle Shanahan may not have wanted to admit it, but the team had to put some pressure on veteran Jimmy Garoppolo if they were to return to the Super Bowl anytime soon.
Now, the Bears, Rams and 49ers are set up for the foreseeable future with their quarterback position. Bears head coach Matt Nagy remains steadfast that he will start Andy Dalton in Week 1 against those Rams, but theories point to Fields taking over sooner rather than later.
Another theory is beginning to emerge, too, as all three of these head coaches may have engaged in some “planning,” we’ll call it, before the offseason kicked off into full swing.
Did Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears partake in some form of collusion with Sean McVay, Kyle Shanahan and Matthew Stafford?
Let’s get the timeline straight, here.
January 23, 2021: Lions begin actively shopping Stafford, per Adam Schefter
January 31, 2021: Lions agree to trade Stafford to Rams
(Somewhere in this area): Nagy, McVay, Shanahan and Stafford are hanging out in Cabo
March 17, 2021: NFL Free Agency officially begins
March 18, 2021: Stafford trade becomes official
March 26, 2021: 49ers trade up to no. 3 pick
April 26, 2021: Shanahan says 49ers will “add a quarterback” in the draft while his infamous quote, “I can’t guarantee that anybody in the world will be alive Sunday, so I can’t guarantee who will be on our roster on Sunday“ goes viral
April 29, 2021: 49ers select Trey Lance at no. 3, Bears move up and select Justin Fields at no. 11
This entire string of events seems awfully planned-out now that we know the whereabouts of Nagy, Shanahan, McVay and Stafford early in the offseason. When the trade for Stafford went down, all four of these guys were in Cabo…
That’s the big question. Certainly, teams and coaches communicate throughout the year. But, the 49ers got their guy. The Rams certainly got theirs. And, the Bears? They were ecstatic to land Fields.
It’s only a theory for now, but what if all four of these men attempted to plan out their perfect offseason during this luxurious vacation — or should we call it rendezvous?
The quarterback landscape changed dramatically in the NFC with Stafford’s exit in Detroit, and the Rams are now a Super Bowl favorite. Meanwhile, if all goes well in Chicago, Fields could go down as a franchise-altering quarterback.
This is all very interesting, to say the least.