The Chicago Bears cannot settle at the quarterback position

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The Chicago Bears are in a tricky situation right now. Defensively, Ryan Pace has done everything right. He has a superstar in Khalil Mack and an incredible surrounding cast. However, the Bears remain vulnerable at the most crucial position in football. The quarterback situation hasn’t been good since… well, ever.

Mitchell Trubisky was one of the bigger busts in recent NFL memory and Jay Cutler was famously mediocre for years. Even the Bears’ last Super Bowl appearance saw them start one of the most average quarterbacks in recent memory — Rex Grossman.

The Chicago Bears need to go all-in at the quarterback position

This is where Chicago needs to take that step. With Matt Nagy coaching for his job and Ryan Pace managing to keep his position, something bold has to happen. This defense is still one of the best in the league, but it’s hanging on by a thread.

It’s entirely likely that Chicago simply does not have enough time to develop a quarterback. In that sense, drafting a guy seems like the wrong move. In fact, drafting a guy would be the exact opposite of what this team needs. That plan involves developing a guy while the rest of the team is in their prime and soon to have expiring contracts. It can’t work. It won’t work.

But Chicago picked the right time to need a quarterback.

As recently as a couple of weeks ago, Russell Wilson announced that he would be open to being traded to a handful of teams. One of those teams was the Chicago Bears. The others were the New Orleans Saints, the Las Vegas Raiders, and the Dallas Cowboys. The last team on that list just signed Dak Prescott to a new deal, so it’s down to three destinations.

If the Chicago Bears want any chance of a Super Bowl soon, they have to jump at this opportunity. Fans have been asking for this for years – an MVP-caliber quarterback. Russell Wilson is as good of a guaranteed talent that this team could ask for.

If I haven’t made it clear, this is Chicago’s one and only chance. We dodged a bullet with Carson Wentz and a perfect opportunity has presented itself. If Ryan Pace wants to continue his career with the Bears, he has no option here.

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With all due respect, if we end up watching Sam Darnold start against Aaron Rodgers in week 1, that would mark the beginning of the dark ages in the Windy City. Do not settle. Take a risk and win this team a Super Bowl.