3 Reasons why the Chicago Bears haven't been able to find a franchise quarterback

The Chicago Bears are a storied franchise with a rich history and an incredibly loyal and intense fan base. Fans enter every season with lofty expectations only to be let down time and again. Bears fans have painfully witnessed their biggest rival secure stability and greatness at the quarterback position for the past few decades, all while being incapable of finding stability at the position themselves. They have watched the same Bears vs. Packers game year after year despite quarterback and coaching changes on both sides. It's infuriating to think about, but there are reasons why the Bears can't seem to get it right at quarterback. So, let's take a look at three possible reasons.

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2. The Chicago Bears cannot seem to properly evaluate qrterback talent

The Bears make decisions within their organization based on who makes them feel the most comfortable during the evaluation process rather than who can produce at the highest level on the field. They seem to sacrifice performance to obtain players with elite character at times. This is fine in some instances in order to build a stable locker room, but they seem to take this a bit too far. It is the only thing that can explain some of their draft picks (i.e. Mitch Trubisky, Shea McClellin).

Players with exceptional character will always do well during the evaluation process. The issues arise when you compare the person with exceptional character and good skills with the person who has good character and exceptional skills. The Bears seem to err in a direction that is too heavily weighted toward character.

When evaluating players against each other, talent and skill should be the driving force in a decision. If character issues are then found, that is when you reevaluate. For example, Johhny Manziel and JaMarcus Russell were great talents, but they had character flaws that should have forced their respective teams to reevaluate whether they should be taken.

In contrast, Patrick Mahomes was a great talent when entering the league and did not appear to have character flaws. I believe the Bears just felt more comfortable with Trubisky as a person and his style because it was more traditional and thus made him their pick over Mahomes.

My perception is the Bears will lean on the character of a player more than their talent level when making their decisions, even if there are no real red flags in the perceived lesser character individual. Essentially, it becomes a popularity contest, and it's the same way Chicago chooses head coaches. Whoever brings about the least amount of pushback or uncomfortable feelings in those making the decisions, gets the job.