The Chicago Bears came into the 2023 NFL season with high hopes, specifically at the quarterback position. Justin Fields was entering his third season in the league, and things were looking up in Chicago.
However, it seems as if it’s becoming another typical Chicago Bears season. 

Fields had some bright spots to start the campaign, but it’s been more bad than good for the young quarterback.

On top of that, an injury in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings has forced him to miss the team’s last four contests, in which the Bears have gone 2-2. 

With the Bears seemingly looking ahead to the 2024 NFL Draft, where does the team go from here?

The Bears Quarterback Situation

Chicago has quite the situation on their hands at the quarterback position.

Let’s start with their top guy – Justin Fields. The thought heading into this season was with D.J. Moore now on the team as the bonafide No. 1 wide receiver, Fields will take the next step in his career. We saw that when Josh Allen got Stefon Diggs and when Jalen Hurts got A.J. Brown

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Through the first three games this season, Fields struggled. He completed just 57.9% of his passes, throwing for 526 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions. Fields also rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown while fumbling the ball three times. 

Things turned around in Week 4, as Fields threw for over 300+ yards and four touchdowns for the first time in his career. He had back-to-back games of four touchdown passes. A dislocated shoulder and thumb knocked him out in Week 6, and he should be ready to return in Week 11. 

Who has been the starting quarterback while Fields has been out? Undrafted rookie Tyson Bagent out of Division II Shepherd University. 

However, Bagent isn’t just some nobody from Shepherd. He won the Harlon Hill Trophy in 2021 and finished third in 2022 (Division II’s Heisman equivalent). Bagent also owns the Division II records for all-time completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns. 

Bagent has played in five games and started four in relief of Fields, completing 65.7% of his passes for 859 yards, three touchdowns, and six interceptions. He’s also been somewhat mobile, rushing for 109 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, and has only been sacked five times. 

The turnovers have been an issue for Bagent, as he also has three fumbles, but the Bears are 2-2 in his starts. Bagent has shown flashes that if the Bears want to move on from Fields and get a big return for him, they can. 

And if Chicago is ready to move on from Fields, AND the team doesn’t believe in Bagent, then the only other option is to draft a quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft. 

The Bears currently have two first-round picks in the upcoming draft – their own pick and the Carolina Panthers’ pick. The Bears currently sit fifth overall with their pick, while the Panthers pick is the first pick in the draft. 

There are only two viable options for the No. 1 overall pick from the quarterback position – either Caleb Williams or Drake Maye. Both have great size and athleticism and have been fantastic this season. Either way, the Bears can’t go wrong picking one or the other. 

With the NFL season winding down, the Bears need to take a serious look at their quarterback room and how they want it to look in 2024. 

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