It was a disappointing year for the Chicago Bears in 2023. Worst of all, this team had a chance to actually make the playoffs, which was an improvement from the past couple of seasons.
Unfortunately, there's some members of the team to blame for that. And others, meanwhile, have gotten more credit than they should have for this last season.
With that in mind, here are three overrated Bears from this past campaign.
1. Tyson Bagent
The undrafted free agent out of Sheperd turned some heads with his play in preseason and would eventually beat out journeyman P.J. Walker for the team's backup quarterback spot.
Bagent was thrusted into the starting lineup after Justin Fields injured his hand in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings in their sixth game of the season. That injury would keep Fields out for the next four weeks. To his credit, Bagent carried the team to a 2-2 record in that frame.
The fairy tale story of Bagent was a breath of fresh air for the Bears in the middle of what was shaping up to be a complete failure of a season. However, that is all that it should be viewed as: a feel-good story. While Bagent is clearly capable of playing in the NFL, and has a real shot to return next year as a backup, let's not crown him a franchise savior as some were stating earlier in the year.
In five games, Bagent threw for 859 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions. He did complete 65.7% of his throws for a rating of 71.4, but it was evident that the Bears' offense lacked the explosiveness that it was capable of with Fields on the field.
The fact that people in the city are still debating if he can perhaps be the guy of the future tells just how desperate Bears fans are for a franchise quarterback.