Chicago Bears: Full Position Breakdown and Depth Chart Analysis at Quarterback
Quarterback is the most important position in all of sports. A productive leader at quarterback can be the difference between an average team and one who wins the Super Bowl.
The Chicago Bears have four quarterbacks and a head coach in Marc Trestman who certainly knows the importance of a good signal-caller. Jay Cutler leads a group who will look to help lead this Bears team back into the playoffs.
Here is the full breakdown of all the quarterbacks on the roster and analysis of expectations for each.
There's no question who the Bears' No. 1 quarterback is. Jay Cutler re-signed with the Bears for seven years and $127 million, including $54 million guaranteed.
Last season, Cutler saw his completion percentage reach over 63 for the first time since 2007. He also had a losing record as a starter for the first time since 2009.
Cutler only played in 11 games last year and hasn't seen a full season since his first year in Chicago five years ago. Health will be an important factor.
At 31, the Bears need Cutler to be smarter with the hits he takes as well as where he puts the football. His interception percent has stayed steady at 3.4. Look back to 2011 when Cutler was having his best year before he got hurt; his percent was down at 2.2.
It's likely unrealistic to think a career gunslinger like Cutler can maintain a 2.2 interception percent for an entire year. However, if he can get it under 3 percent, stay healthy and manage to fire over 25 touchdowns, then the Bears are in good shape and Cutler is worth every penny he got.
Should Cutler not manage to stay healthy, then the Bears will have to turn to Jordan Palmer. Backup quarterback was an area of strength last year with Josh McCown, but there are big question marks surrounding Palmer.
He spent time in Jacksonville in 2012 before joining the Bears. Palmer has thrown only 15 passes in four career games. He doesn't have a touchdown and his longest pass completion is for 13 yards.
Palmer's in-game experience is a problem. A part of what made McCown so successful last season was his 50 career games with 33 starts. He simply wasn't scared or rattled when it came time to enter the game.
Jordan Palmer very well could be a solid backup, but at this point it's unknown. Sadly, nobody will know how he performs until he enters the game. Preseason action is very different than a regular-season matchup.
Sixth-round pick David Fales is wearing Josh McCown's old number, and the similarities don't end there. Fales is a perfect project for Marc Trestman to develop similarly to the way he developed McCown.
Like McCown, Fales has good short to intermediate accuracy. He doesn't have a big arm but takes care of the football and moves around in the pocket to make plays.
Fales struggles to get the ball downfield and he tends to stare down his first option. Trestman will work with Fales to go through his progressions and focus on timing routes. He has small hands, so ball security will be very key with him.
After a season with Trestman, Fales should be ready to be the Bears' primary backup. He could have a McCown type of run at some point in his career but shouldn't be looked upon as a starter. He's the perfect type of player to back up Cutler and should carve out a nice career doing so.
Jerrod Johnson's biggest claim to fame is leaving Texas A&M first all time in passing yards with 8,011 and total offense with 8,888.
He also beat out Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill for a starting role in 2009 but was eventually overcome by Tannehill in 2010. Since then, Johnson has been fighting to make it to an NFL roster.
What he brings to the table is size, speed and athleticism. Johnson struggles to put any zip on the football and still has questionable mechanics. It will be another uphill climb for him to even make it to the practice squad now that Fales is in the mix.