Chicago Bears 2024

#126      

ChiefGritty

Chicago, IL
Can't believe that Poles couldn't do better. Might as well have kept him as QB2
Considering the lack of market for him, there was no upside to keeping him, the idea of which would have been that one of the two QB assets would bring back a big return in a trade.

All focus had to be on QB1 going forward.
 
#129      

Big Jack

Decatur
I just don't get all of the negativity surrounding Fields. The Bears weren't winning the past 3 seasons because of the surrounding cast IMHO. It has setup to fail... Poor receivers until this past season.. Horrible horrible OL. Terrible OC and play calling. So lets blame Fields ship him off late get nothing in return and now go draft Williams. I am sorry but this just crazy. They might as well start negotiations for him because in 3 years we will have failed him as well. Please for the love of the Bears sell this club to someone who wants to win..
 
#131      

Mr. Tibbs

southeast DuPage
The McCaskeys don't want the Bears to win???
I'll respond to this question in this way

There are owners that really want to win, that will take chances to do so , and it might impact the profit/loss statement
and
there are owners that deep down want to win , but are not willing to do that which is required these days to do so

you can decide where the McCaskeys fall on that spectrum.
 
#132      
I'll respond to this question in this way

There are owners that really want to win, that will take chances to do so , and it might impact the profit/loss statement
and
there are owners that deep down want to win , but are not willing to do that which is required these days to do so

you can decide where the McCaskeys fall on that spectrum.

I'd assume the McCaskeys fall more on the former than the latter. The whole "McCaskeys are cheap and don't want the Bears to succeed" argument is one of the most overplayed tropes among Bears fans.
 
#133      
Considering the lack of market for him, there was no upside to keeping him, the idea of which would have been that one of the two QB assets would bring back a big return in a trade.

All focus had to be on QB1 going forward.
The last thing a rookie QB needs is a divided locker room (this would 100% happen…the #1 WR is an huge Fields fan) and questions from the media about his backup. I think DJ will get over it, but it will happen a lot quicker without Fields in the locker room.
The franchise needs to be married to its QB. You can’t tell one they are your everything & still hang out with your ex.
 
#134      
Was probably the best they were going to get at this point, especially with how free agency has shook out. They weren't going to have Fields and Caleb Williams on the roster at the same time.
Saw some analyst on ESPN say something like when you decide to draft your franchise QB at #1, every decision you make has to be viewed with the lens of will this “move” help the new QB reach his potential. If answer is no, you don’t make it; if answer is maybe, you don’t make it. Having Fields on the roster does not help the development of the franchise QB. Just had to bite the bullet and trade him for much less than you wanted.
 
#139      
I wondered about this when I saw he went to Pitts and saw the return. Part of me thinks that is a great thing to do and part of me thinks, it’s a business Poles, you chump.
Brad Biggs shot down that report this morning on the Score, saying it likely was planted by Fields' people. Poles' mission was to get the best deal he could for Fields and a conditional sixth rounder was it.
 
#143      
Fields was as bad as his coaching. put a good defense, offensive line and coordinator and decent running game with him
and they'll be successful.
 
#144      
I wondered about this when I saw he went to Pitts and saw the return. Part of me thinks that is a great thing to do and part of me thinks, it’s a business Poles, you chump.
Pittsburgh has got him twice now...but mostly happy so far with Poles...
 
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#145      
Fields was as bad as his coaching. put a good defense, offensive line and coordinator and decent running game with him
and they'll be successful.
a la playing for Ohio State! doesn't make him good, just successful (as at Ohio State.) The NFL is a different animal, geared for star quarterbacks to excel and make a difference. Fields couldn't. He was a star in HS, a star in College, but couldn't maintain that at the NFL team with the Bears' horrible team where he was expected to bail them out and failed. The next one will fail ,too, if the Bears expect him to be the sole key to success. It's one reason that I could see them trading down from their first two picks....
Williams has many of the same faults as Fields (holding on to the ball, taking off and running early, etc. all in a package that is physically way short of Fields. If they don't solve the offensive line and defense problems, Williams would be just the next first team qb selection sacrificed on the altar of mediocrity....