If the Chicago Bears draft a quarterback, they should sit him for a year

This quarterback strategy has a high success rate and the Chicago Bears should follow it.

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We can't predict the future, but all the signs point to the Bears picking a quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft. That doesn't mean they should start right away.

Most teams, especially those who often pick in the top 10, will draft a quarterback and try to play him right away. Those same teams are typically looking for a new quarterback every three years. Drafting a quarterback and playing them right away only works with a player like Joe Burrow. Unless they're a generational talent at the position or played in an NFL-ready offense in college, chances are it's not going to work out.

The Bears don't want to become one of those teams that are constantly looking to draft a rookie quarterback all the time. Drafting a quarterback and letting them develop under current starter Justin Fields is the right move.

This quarterback development strategy has a high success rate.

Steve Young rode the bench behind Joe Montana before he took over and became the greatest left-handed quarterback in NFL history.

Lamar Jackson, the reigning MVP, was second on the depth chart to Joe Flacco for the bulk of his rookie year.

Pat Mahomes basically redshirted his rookie year and learned Andy Reid's offense under Alex Smith.

Even the GOAT Tom Brady was a backup to Drew Bledsoe his rookie year.

The Green Bay Packers have perfected this strategy. Aaron Rodgers sat under Brett Favre for three seasons before bringing another ring to Title Town. Rodger's successor Jordan Love looks like the Franchise Guy for the next 15 years. The Packers were a Love interception away from playing in the NFC Championship Game.

The Chicago Bears should copy their dreaded rival's strategy. They've gone through plenty of rookie quarterbacks over the years that didn't work out. Why not give a new strategy a try? Fields can be the Week 1 starter and can man the offense until the rookie is ready to over.

The Chicago Bears are expected to take USC star Caleb Williams with the No. 1 overall pick, per CBS Sports.