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Rethinking the Bears' Backup Quarterback Situation


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Vince Carbonneau
May 30, 2024  (10:00)
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Bears Backup Quarterback Situation Deserves More Attention

The backup quarterback situation for the Chicago Bears tends to get overshadowed for two main reasons.
Firstly, starter Caleb Williams commands so much attention that it eclipses any discussion about the backups.
Secondly, most people assume Tyson Bagent is the backup because he filled that role last year, starting in four games and appearing in five.
However, a genuine competition for the backup spot is brewing. Brett Rypien has more NFL experience than Bagent and has familiarity with the offense from two previous teams last season. Offensive coordinator Shane Waldron is familiar with Rypien, not Bagent.
Bagent's college credentials include setting records as a Division II quarterback and joining the Bears as an undrafted free agent. Now, undrafted rookie Austin Reed, who led a Division II team to a national championship and excelled at Division I Western Kentucky, is also in the mix. Unlike Bagent, Reed has experience in Division I football.
Despite this, the Bears' backup quarterback situation appears shaky compared to other teams due to a lack of experience.
Just how shaky is it?
According to Sports Illustrated's Gilberto Manzano, the Bears' backup quarterback situation ranks near the bottom, with Bagent placed 26th out of 32. It's arguable that this ranking might even be generous.
Bagent, ranked just ahead of Davis Mills, a former starter in Houston, and behind Detroit's Hendon Hooker, who hasn't played an NFL game, faces criticism for his performance last season. While he completed an impressive 65.7% of his passes (94 of 143) over five games, his 6-yard average per attempt, six interceptions, and three touchdown passes led to a 71.4 passer rating. Notable moments include a win against the Raiders, but also a critical fumble against Minnesota and five interceptions against the Saints.
In conclusion, the Bears' backup quarterback situation is precarious, highlighting the need for close scrutiny as the team navigates the upcoming season.
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