Chicago Bears fans are preprogrammed to understand that they are not allowed to have nice things in regard to the starting quarterback of their favorite football team.
The trade for Jay Cutler was a failure, trading up to select Mitch Trubisky in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft was a failure, and trading up in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft to select Justin Fields is trending toward being a failure.
The Bears are 0-4 on the season but in the eyes of the 2024 NFL Draft, the Bears are 0-8. The Bears not only hold their own first-round selection for next year’s draft but they also hold the rights to the Carolina Panthers’ first-round selection.
Both the Bears and Panthers are winless on the season and that has made Chicago the odds-on favorite to have top selection.
Assuming that remains the case for the rest of the season, Caleb Williams is going to be the starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears next season.
Between now and the end of the season, there likely will be nothing that Fields can do on the field that should deter the Bears from taking Williams if they have the first overall selection in next year’s draft.
That is why there has been an uptick in the conversation surrounding Williams’ eligibility. Williams can elect to return to USC next season and that is a scenario that his dad has played up in recent weeks. While the NIL program certainly makes the idea of Williams forgoing next year’s draft for another year at USC more feasible, it is not a scenario that should be considered as likely.
Williams is not going to avoid going to the Bears regardless of what his dad might say. There will be plenty of narratives involving the Bears and their quarterback position moving forward but this is one that can be discarded immediately.