We only have to look at interactions between Chicago Bears fans on social media to know that there is a bit of a split when it comes to what the Bears should do at QB next season. While many points on either side have been made succinctly and with gusto, for me, the Bears are only going to go in one direction.
Aligning the Timeline of General Manager, Head Coach and Quarterback
When Ryan Poles took over this team in January 2022, the Bears already had Justin Fields under center, and there was a lot of excitement about what he might become. If the rumors are to be believed, the Head Coach that he hired was actually the Head Coach that upper management wanted and not him.
Fast forward 48 months, and it is likely that Poles will dismiss Matt Eberflus come January 2024, and if the Carolina Panthers continue their own downward spiral, then the Bears will also likely have their 1st overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Ryan Poles, for the first time, has the opportunity to align himself as the General Manager with his own Head Coach pick and his own Quarterback pick, all on the same timeline.
This in effect, resets any expectation on Poles’s tenure and allows him more time to turn the franchise around.
In addition to this, the Bears team, especially on offense, is in a better position to support a rookie QB than it has ever been before. The foundation is set for Poles, and most of those pieces are his own moves.