We have seen this movie before in our lives as Chicago Bears fans.
For a fan base that has seen Chad Hutchinson, Craig Krenzel, Matt Barkley, Moses Moreno, and Steve Stenstrom all win a game as the starting quarterback, we should know not to get too far ahead of ourselves here. Yet, we just cannot help ourselves.
Bagent’s game is more reminiscent of Steve Walsh and Shane Matthews. There is nothing wrong with that. Both played well for the Chicago Bears and helped the franchise get to the playoffs in 1994 and 2001. Walsh even led the Bears to a playoff victory.
Their inability to consistently push the ball down the field showed a major talent gap when Walsh had to play the eventual Super Bowl champions San Francisco 49ers. Matthews could not rally the Bears to a playoff win in 2001 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Matthews was even benched in 2001 in favor of Jim Miller. Steve Walsh lost the starting job to Erik Kramer the next season. The main reason was their arms were better.
It would not be a complete shock if Bagent’s career path was the same. That means eventually wearing a ball cap and holding a clipboard.
Establishing himself as a Chicago Bears backup quarterback is all Bagent has done so far.
There is nothing wrong with that. He was not Jonathan Quinn out there. Bagent proved he can get you out of a game by almost rallying the Chicago Bears back to beat the Minnesota Vikings after Fields left.
He won a game as a spot starter. That is not a knock on Bagent. That is what you want out of your backup quarterback.
Plus, the Bears have him under contract for a couple more seasons. You can take the typical couple million dollars it takes to have a good backup and use that towards getting some better depth at other positions.