Chicago Bears: 5 Quarterbacks who should not replace Mitch Trubisky
By Ryan Heckman
1. Chicago Bears’ worst replacements for Mitchell Trubisky: Sam Darnold
No one truly knows what the New York Jets will do at the quarterback position this offseason. They made a wise decision as their season came to a close and fired Adam Gase — a move fans have probably longed for over the past year and a half or so.
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Without Gase, the next head coach will likely come in and make a decision for the franchise. That next head coach may decide to roll with Sam Darnold and put off drafting a quarterback for another year, or obviously draft a guy like Justin Fields with the second pick overall.
Until that firm decision is made, Darnold will probably find his name amongst plenty of trade rumors. If the Jets could get a decent return for Darnold, they will most certainly pull the trigger, thus going after Fields with that second selection.
No matter what, the Bears should not enter those trade discussions. Darnold has been just as inconsistent as Trubisky, if not more so. Health has been a big question with Darnold as well, and the Bears can’t afford to sink their hopes into another wobbling, young, unproven quarterback with multiple years’ starting experience.
In 12 appearances this year, Darnold threw just nine touchdowns — the man didn’t even enter double digits. It doesn’t matter if he’s playing for the sorry Jets. They’re behind in every game, so he should have plenty of opportunities to throw the football. Is it all on him? Absolutely not. Much of the issue was with Gase.
But, Darnold is not a franchise quarterback in this league based on what we’ve seen in three seasons. Chicago would set itself back tremendously by going and trading for him, so he cannot be an option.