Ranking the Chicago Bears 2021 offensive units to the current roster

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The Chicago Bears quarterback room is slightly different this year.

The Chicago Bears went from Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles in 2020 to Nick Foles, Andy Dalton and then Justin Fields in 2021. Ryan Pace went out and signed Andy Dalton to be the starter last year, but then also made a trade to move up and select Justin Fields. Obviously, there was no guarantee the Bears would land Justin Fields in 2021. Dalton was the insurance policy since Nick Foles and Matt Nagy seemed to not agree on play calling.

It’s possible that Justin Fields would have had a better 2021 season had Nagy given him first-team reps. Although, it’s probably for the best since the outcome of the season led to the firing of Nagy and Ryan Pace. Here’s a look at the quarterback rooms between 2021 and 2022:

"2021: Andy Dalton – QB1/2 Justin Fields – QB2/1 Nick Foles – QB3 2022: Justin Fields – QB1 Trevor Siemian – QB2 Nathan Peterman – QB3"

On paper, the 2021 unit would look better. Andy Dalton and Nick Foles are much better than Trevor Siemian and Nathan Peterman. However, when we look at the overall picture, the fact that Justin Fields is the clear starter is a better situation in my opinion. Fields will receive all of the first-team reps and build a better rapport with his receivers. These relationships are very important for timing routes and broken plays that require Fields to improvise and scramble.

Positional Ranking: 2022 Wins

Although the backups are Trevor Siemian and Nathan “I love throwing interceptions” Peterman, having Justin Fields firmly in place gives 2022 the win.