The Chicago Bears Could Become The Jacksonville Jaguars
Just three seasons ago, a crushing defense along with a dominant running game carried a quarterback that flat out stunk to the conference championship game. That team whiffed terribly on a quarterback, and was led down the wrong path after an outlier year made it seem like he could actually play in the NFL.
After being faced with salary cap troubles, a total implosion followed. After being just one game away from the Super Bowl, that very same team became a total dumpster fire. That’s the story of the 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars, the Chicago Bears are close to facing that very same fate.
The 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars rode a smothering defense to New England, and almost knocked off the Patriots in the AFC Championship. Leonard Fournette was solid that season, posting 1,040 rushing yards and 9 rushing touchdowns.
As for their quarterback, Blake Bortles, he was simply along for the ride. Throwing for 3,687 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions are nowhere near franchise quarterback numbers. Yet the Jaguars were led on to believe in Bortles because of team success, look where that got them.
They’re currently 1-6 in 2020 and are looking again to the quarterback sweepstakes. Their roster is depleted, and they’re far from making the playoffs, don’t even talk about a Super Bowl.
That very same fate could be in store for the Chicago Bears. The Chicago Bears have a dominant defense, but that’s about it. Their running game is pathetic and their quarterback options are even worse. They’re forced to choose between the atrocious Mitch Trubisky and the extremely volatile Nick Foles.
The Bears are also pressed against the salary cap as they are projected to be over the cap by $6.1 million in 2021. The Bears are also winning games, which means they won’t be picking high enough to draft an actual quarterback if they can’t find an upgrade in free agency. Unless 2020 ends in a Super Bowl victory, and it won’t, the Chicago Bears are screwed.
We’ve been told that history repeats itself, and that certainly seems to be the case here. The Chicago Bears are about to hit a salary cap wall and get punched in the face with the reality that their quarterbacks aren’t good enough to get the job done. Once that happens, it’ll be Jacksonville north.