Written by Chris Hansen
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By now, everyone knows that Jay Cutler underwent season-ending surgery and most likely has played his last game for the Chicago Bears. This has left one big question going into next season. Who will be the Chicago Bears’ starting QB? Many fans have stated that they want the Bears to lose out for a better draft pick and many fans have stated the opposite. The Bears definitely need to look at the draft for a QB and their future. But, should they consider Matt Barkley?
Barkley finished his senior season at USC with 3,273 passing yards, a 63.6 completion percentage, 36 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. Going into his senior season, Barkley was widely considered a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. In 2011, he won the CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy with his record breaking season. They definitely could do worse than this, couldn’t they?
Now, his NFL career hasn’t been as sexy. He came into this season with zero touchdowns and 4 interceptions in his career with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals and wasn’t even on the Chicago Bears’ active roster until September of this year (He was on their practice squad). But, when Cutler was ruled out, Barkley got his first NFL Start last weekend against the Tennessee Titans and showed something different. Yes, he threw 2 interceptions, but he also went 28/54 for 316 yards and 3 touchdowns. He would have led the Chicago Bears to victory had it not been for the costly drops by his receivers in the end zone on their final drive. Barkley looked confident and in control and definitely had a connection with Marquess Wilson whom he hit 8 times for 125 yards and a touchdown. Up next is a 1-10 San Francisco 49ers team that Barkley could do some damage against.
Maybe you don’t see him as the long term answer, but with some proper coaching and opportunity, could he be? If nothing else, he could easily be the bridge between Jay Cutler and the Bears’ long term answer at QB.