Despite a win from the Carolina Panthers this past weekend against the Atlanta Falcons, the Chicago Bears remain on track to have the first overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft.
The Panthers' victory on Sunday crept the door open for the New England Patriots to potentially secure the first overall selection but if the final three weeks of the regular season do not change the top of the draft order, the Bears will have a new starting quarterback in 2024.
Adam Caplan of Pro Football Network reports that if the Bears do indeed have the top selection in the 2024 draft and no red flags emerge for USC's Caleb Williams during the pre-draft process, Williams will indeed be the selection of the Bears in April.
"Chicago Bears Won’t Pass on Caleb Williams- Pro Football Network
Bears GM Ryan Poles didn’t draft Justin Fields, so there’s no allegiance to the dual-threat QB. If USC star QB Caleb Williams checks out well during the pre-draft process, he will be the selection for the Bears with the No. 1 overall pick that Chicago received from Carolina."
A certain segment of Bears' fans may not want to hear this but it's a much easier decision than the debates are making it out to be. While there is no certainty that Williams will be a franchise quarterback, there remains no certainty that Fields can be the long-term answer at the quarterback position either. The tiebreaker will be the Bears' having the opportunity to reset the quarterback contract while continuing to put a good team in place.
Is this a fair outcome for Fields? Absolutely not but that is life in the NFL. Between coaching and his own lack of development, Fields has failed to prove that he can have consistent success at the NFL level.