Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CHICAGO BEARS HALF CENTURY SEARCH FOR A QB

Chicago Bears fans are once again fed up with their quarterback. Jay Cutler’s name is consistently popping up in Chicagoland sports media as trade bait for anyone who will offer a draft pick high enough to land a viable replacement. Does my first sentence sound familiar? It does to me. It got me thinking; is there any other NFL franchise that’s had worse luck choosing talent at the QB position in the last 50 years? If Cutler remains with the Bears this will be his seventh season as the starter, the longest tenure of any Bears QB during the aforementioned time frame. So, despite the current disgruntlement, doesn’t this qualify him as the best of a mostly disappointing group?
Most would say no as they point to Jim McMahon, the starting QB of the Bears’ only Super Bowl victory in 1986. But while McMahon was good at both managing the offense and self-promotion, it was the defense that was the star of that team. Then there was Rex Grossman, who led the Bears to their only other Super Bowl appearance, a loss to the Colts in 2006. But like Cutler, Grossman eventually got on Bears fans nerves as he appeared at times indifferent to the suggestion that things weren’t going as well as they should be at the QB position.
Here’s a list of the starters going back to 1965. Most all were backed with high hopes from Bears fans at one point, and most all -with the exception of McMahon- were considered unsuccessful when they were replaced.

2009-???
Jay Cutler
2008
Kyle Orton
2006-2007
Rex Grossman
2005
Kyle Orton
2004
Craig Krenzel, Chad Hutchinson
2003
Kordell Stewart, Chris Chandler
2001-2002
Jim Miller
2000
Cade McNown, Shane Matthews
1999
Shane Matthews, Cade McNown
1997-1998
Erik Kramer
1996
Dave Krieg
1995
Erik Kramer
1994
Steve Walsh
1990-1993
Jim Harbaugh
1989
Mike Tomczak
1982-1988
Jim McMahon
1980-1981
Vince Evans
1979
Mike Phipps
1976-1978
Bob Avellini
1974-1975
Gary Huff
1971-1973
Bobby Douglas
1967-1970
Jack Concannon
1965-1966
Rudy Buckich

                                                   Two part question:
Assuming McMahon is the consensus favorite,wouldn't Cutler be the best of the rest of the group?

                  Has any other NFL franchise done worse at the QB position in the last 50 years?



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