The Chicago Bears season took a turn for the worst when quarterback Brian Hoyer broke his left arm against their arch rival the Green Bay Packers last night on Thursday Night Football. The Bears would go on to lose to the Packers by a final score of 26-10. The 2016 campaign could go down as one of their worst seasons in team history.
The guy that they thought was going to help bring the glory days back to Bears football, quarterback Jay Cutler has not lived up to his full potential at all. According to reports, Cutler is still nursing the thumb injury that he suffered in the season opener against the Houston Texans.
No one within the Bears organization will admit it but, the Jay Cutler Era in Chicago is over plan and simple. Hoyer had stepped in and showed the will the win football games more than his counterpart Jay Cutler ever did when he was the starting quarterback for the Bears. In regards to head coach John Fox, this could be his toughest rebuilding job that he has ever taken on.
In Fox’s previous stops in Denver and Carolina, he transformed both ball clubs into playoff contenders in a short time frame. Could he do the same with the Bears? I believe that he can, but it’s going to take another year or two to assemble the core of players that fits the scheme that Fox wants to run. The Bears front office must be patient and allow John Fox to make the moves that would allow the team to contend for the NFC North Title once again.
He has been through this process before with both the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. To sum up it all up, Fox is inheriting a roster that was in shambles under previous head coach Marc Trestman. At the end of the season, the Bears will have to make some crucial decisions when it comes to the current roster. One thing for sure is that Jay Cutler will not be returning as the Bears starting quarterback.
The Bears will most likely trade or release Cutler after the 2016 season is over. Even though Brian Hoyer has put up some impressive numbers during his short tenure as the Bears starting quarterback, that does not mean he is the long-term solution going forward. There’s a reason why Hoyer has been on six different teams in his career; the Bears better be careful.
Quarterbacks such as Jimmy Garoppolo and Tony Romo could be available for the Bears to trade for during the offseason as well. The Bears will win another game this season, but how long will it take for the current players on the roster to take on the identity of its current head coach? It’s going to be another long and miserable winter in the “Windy City” for Bears fans this season.
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