A lot of people are ready to jump on the Brian Hoyer bandwagon to solve the Bears quarterback position. I’m not one of them.
I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline the other day when I came across the headline from our FanSided sister site With the First Pick: “Brian Hoyer Proving He is Chicago’s Answer“. I nearly fell out of my chair.
Answer to what, I thouht? Is there some trivia question I missed? If you think that Brian Hoyer is the answer to the Chicago Bears quarterback situation, you’re sorely mistaken.
"If Hoyer can salvage this season and stay healthy, Chicago should make him their future signal caller."
Whaaaat? What kind of a future do you have with a 30-year old Hoyer? He’s the definition of journeyman, playing for five different teams over his eight year career, posting a career 85.4 passer rating. You know who else has that exact passer rating? Jay Cutler.
You can’t argue with the stats that Hoyer has put up in his 3+ games with the Bears in relief of Jay Cutler: 100/140 for 1094 yards with six TD’s and zero INT’s. Did you bother to notice that the Bears are still 1-3 in games that he’s finished?
I’m not arguing that Cutler is the answer either. We’ve all been watching that movie for the last 8 seasons and frankly know how it ends. We’ve all beaten that horse beyond dead. Cutler may be the most physically gifted quarterback in Bears history, which probably makes him the most disappointing while guiding the Bears to the postseason just once in eight years.
Word trickling out of Halas Hall is that Cutler has “fallen out of favor” with the coaching staff. I’m not sure why, but they don’t have anything invested in him. In fact, the Pace/Fox regime might buy themselves another couple of seasons with a developmental quarterback.
The answer to the Bears quarterback situation is to draft a quarterback. I haven’t started researching the 2017 draft class just yet, but I want the Bears to develop their own home-grown talent at the quarterback position. I don’t want to trade a bunch of draft picks to try to solve the position. I don’t want some journeyman to plug in for a season or two. I am done with Cutler and the ghosts of Jim McMahon and Sid Luckman. It’s time for some new blood. Young blood.
Brian Hoyer is not the answer to the Chicago Bears quarterback situation. Neither is Jay Cutler. The answer is out there somewhere. The Bears just need to find him.