The quarterback debate has been a prominent discussion for the Chicago Bears this season.
Actually, who are we kidding, the quarterback debate has been a prominent discussion for most of the Bears’ existence as a franchise.
It’s a debate that will once again set the tone of the Bears’ offseason.
Will the Bears decide to move forward with Justin Fields as their quarterback after this season or will the team look toward USC’s Caleb Williams or North Carolina’s Drake Maye as the next potential answer?
The debate has centered around how Fields will play during the final six games of the season. Fields was impressive in the Bears’ loss to the Detroit Lions this past Sunday and that has led to some to buy back in on the third-year quarterback.
For all the fans of the belief that Fields should be the quarterback for the Bears in 2024, he won’t be and the reason is as clear as day.
The Bears are going to fire head coach Matt Eberflus after this season. Sure, there have been predictions that Eberflus will return next season as the Bears’ head coach but Sunday’s loss to the Lions likely changed that calculation.
The Chicago Bears have an opportunity to align a new head coach with their handpicked rookie quarterback and that is why Justin Fields will not be back in 2024.
Assuming the Bears do indeed move on from Eberflus, Fields’ time as the quarterback of the Bears is all but over.
For the first time since the 1994 season, the Bears have the opportunity to align their head coach with their handpicked rookie quarterback. Fields was selected by the Bears in 2021 by a regime that was fired after his rookie season. The Bears were not going to move on from Fields after his rookie season and given that fact, it’s likely they only targeted head coaches and general managers that were comfortable with him as their starting quarterback.
Eberflus and general manager Ryan Poles inherited Fields as their quarterback. If Poles decides to move on from Eberflus after this season while likely having one of the top two picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, that will create an opportunity that has evaded the Bears for the past 20 years. The chance to have your general manager aligned with your head coach aligned with your rookie quarterback. That is the reason why Fields will not be back as the team’s starting quarterback in 2024.