The Chicago Bears got embarrassed on Saturday. The 41-21 loss to the Washington Redskins was actually worse than the final score even seems. The Bears let Washington’s run game do what it wanted to, allowing over 70 yards to two different backs, and seemingly had no interest in covering DeSean Jackson on his way to a huge game (5 catches, 114 yards).
In response to the Washington offense that was clicking the Bears of course had only Jordan Howard as the real bright spot in a game dominated by Matt Barkley‘s mistakes. Barkley threw the ball 40 times, completing less than half of his passes, and while the 2 touchdowns look nice they’re immediately blown away by the 5 interceptions, two of which went to Josh Norman.
While Barkley has flashed at certain points and during certain games, it is clear that he is no franchise quarterback and is at best an average backup. Saturday’s game should quell all of the talk that the Bears don’t need to draft a quarterback in the upcoming draft because Barkley showed Saturday just why Ryan Pace must draft a quarterback.
Now, no one is saying that the Bears absolutely have to use their top-5 first round pick on a quarterback to kick things off, as a reach for a quarterback not worthy of the selection would do more harm than good. But if the Bears don’t select a quarterback in the second or third round either then it’s clear that the front office is incapable of doing their jobs and a housecleaning would be in order. However, Ryan Pace has drafted (mostly) well his first two years and knows what issues need to be addressed so fans are likely to see a quarterback picked at some point in the 2017 draft, it’s just unclear at which point that will be.