2024 Chicago Bears starting quarterback Caleb Williams will not be playing in USC’s bowl game later this month.
USC is set to play Louisville in the DirecTV Holiday Bowl on December 27. While speaking about USC’s upcoming bowl game, head coach Lincoln Riley confirmed that starting quarterback Caleb Williams will not be playing.
Williams foregoing the opportunity to play in the DirecTV Holiday Bowl should serve as confirmation that Williams will soon be declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft. Williams has yet to make an official announcement regarding his intentions for next season but there is an overwhelming expectation that he will be entering the NFL Draft.
Williams was last season in the Trojans’ loss to UCLA on November 18. In that game, Williams completed 31 of 42 passes for a total of 384 passing yards and 1 touchdown. On the season, Williams completed 68.6% of his passes for a total of 3,633 passing yards and 30 touchdowns.
Assuming the current projections remain for the rest of the season, Caleb Williams is going to be the next starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears.
This should not be served as a shot at current Bears’ starting quarterback Justin Fields but the fact remains that the team is not going to have a definitive answer on Fields by the end of the season. Five games is not going to change the inconsistencies that Fields has had at the quarterback position for the past three years.
Sure, Fields has been the victim of bad coaching but so is nearly every other quarterback that is selected in the first round of the draft. Franchise quarterbacks are able to serve as a multiplier and elevate the team above the mess they were drafted in. Fields hasn’t been able to do that and that is why Williams will be replacing him this Spring.