Tyson Bagent is probably not going to win the Chicago Bears a Super Bowl.
His ceiling is probably Chad Pennington or a less athletic Jeff Garcia. What that means is you are not winning a Super Bowl with Bagent as your franchise quarterback.
Well, there are instances of quarterbacks checking the ball down the field who have won a Super Bowl. It is just incredibly rare.
The Baltimore Ravens won a Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer. The old, broken-down version of Peyton Manning also won his second ring with the Denver Broncos by dinking and dunking the ball.
Dilfer had a historic defense backing him up and Manning had prime Von Miller absolutely destroying the Carolina Panthers.
Bagent’s limitations mean you have a quarterback that actually limits your margin for error. Bagent might not be the reason the Chicago Bears lose a game, but he will not be the reason they win either. A guy like Bagent will need an excellent run game and a good defense.
That is how the Bears beat the Raiders. As we saw during the Lovie Smith era, that formula is hard to win the actual Super Bowl against contenders with Hall of Fame-caliber quarterbacks and high-powered offenses.
That does not mean Bagent does not deserve his day in the sun. He established himself as an NFL quarterback. It means Fields does not have to be rushed back from his thumb injury. It also gives us something worth watching this Sunday if Fields cannot go.