Why the Chicago Bears do not need a good QB to win

Updated: Jun 9, 2020

The Chicago Bears have a problem at quarterback. And yes I do technically mean right now when they have Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles, neither of which are better than the starters in Minnesota, Green Bay or Detroit. But I am also discussing a more holistic concept that the Chicago Bears have had a problem at quarterback since roughly 1960.

Here is why that does not matter:

Other than Jay Cutler, the Bears have not had the same QB play the majority of their games in 6 straight seasons since 1939-48.

Let me put that into context for you. The Green Bay Packers, sorry Bears fans have to bring it up, have had 6 QBs that met that criteria since the franchise began. Even if you go back to the Bears first season in 1920 when Pard Pearce was their starter, the Bears have only had 2 QBs match that criteria, Jay Cutler and Sid Luckman.

For anyone who has ever watched Jay Cutler play, you know that even his stint of consistency in Chicago was not exactly the best time for Chicago football. Marred by injuries, interceptions and unimpressed faces made by Cutler on the sideline, I would argue the Bears have not had a true star QB since Luckman took his last snap for the Bears in 1948.

But to be honest, the Bears do not need a good quarterback and they never have needed a good quarterback to win. The 1985 Bears had the 12th highest DVOA, Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, in NFL history. That was the year they won the Super Bowl in case you had forgotten.

Real quick, DVOA is basically the football equivalent of WAR in baseball but for an entire defense or offense on a team.

Additionally, the 2012 Bears had the 11th highest DVOA in NFL history. Chicago started off the season 7-1, and proceeded to have one of the biggest collapses we have seen in recent history going from 7-1 and atop the NFC to 10-6, 3rd in the NFC North and out of the playoffs.

Jay Cutler was slightly below average, throwing 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2012. That year, Cutler was actually better as the year went on, throwing less interceptions in his losses later in the year and completing a higher percentage of his passes than during their hot 7-1 start.

So let me summarize all of this for you into my general opinions.

Defense wins championships. As cliche as that sounds, it really is true. A majority of the top 20 defenses of all-time at least made the playoffs if not more. A good defense allows for the quarterback play to be saved and made up for on the other side of the ball. Even if Jay Cutler makes a terrible pass, Charles Tillman and their dynamic defense would make up for it.

For the 2020 Chicago Bears, I truly do not care who the quarterback is. Whoever will run Matt Nagy’s offense, limit the turnovers and feed the ball to Tarik Cohen and David Montgomery, that is the man for the job. If we can Mitch Trubisky can have a 65% or above completion percentage, then by all means keep him as the starter. If Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles wants to make an appearance, then let’s roll. Either way, the Bears having a good defense, which they will, is the #1 priority in 2020. It will be interesting to see what happens with the QB controversy in Chicago, but either way the Bears will have a winning record in the 2020 NFL season.

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