The Candor

Breaking Down the Bears Quarterback History

Kyle Bock

Sports Editor

The Chicago Bears have always been known for their “Monsters of the Midway” defenses and smash mouth running game style of football, but the quarterback position has been a revolving door for the last 30 years with over 30 different starting Quarterbacks.

In a time where the term “franchise quarterback” is thrown around every day on sports networks such as ESPN, one would have expected a large market team like the Bears to have a Quarterback who was the team’s clear starter for more than just five seasons.

Yes, during that time period the Bears did win a Super Bowl in 1985 with Jim McMahon under center, but since then the position has always been a question mark. No Quarterbacks job in Chicago was ever safe.

Rex Grossman even would go on to lead the Bears to a Super Bowl appearance in 2006, but would soon be replaced by Kyle Orton after a disappointing follow-up season. Orton would then be traded to the Denver Broncos in 2009 for Quarterback Jay Cutler.

All signs pointed to this being a good move by the Bears, but Cutler was always under the media’s scrutiny and it never seemed as if his job was safe. Another problem with Cutler was that it seemed as if he was never healthy. During his time in Chicago he never once started all 16 games in a season.

Bears Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Photo Credit: The Chicago Tribune

To start the 2017 season, the Bears brought in two new Quarterbacks, one being free agent Mike Glennon, and the other being first round draft pick Mitchell Trubisky. Glennon only lasted four weeks as the starter before Trubisky took the helm for week five. Have the Bears finally found the answer at Quarterback? Only time will tell.

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