Chicago Bears' Quarterbacks Are a Delusion, Not a Dilemma

Dan BooneSenior Analyst IAugust 13, 2008

 

The definition of delusion is an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary. A delusion is a mistaken or unfounded opinion.

The Chicago Bears' entire organization suffers from delusions of QB grandeur.

Forcibly, stubbornly, and repeatedly, the Bears have roared that they have no problems with the QB position.

Well, when an injury to a rookie left tackle, who has seldom practiced and never played in a game, and a journeyman guard unravels an entire offense, the problems are bigger.

The people picking the personnel seem to have serious problems.

How does one rookie lineman's injury unravel an entire organization's offensive plan?

But the QB delusion haunts the team like a giggling ghost from a poor Poe tale.

And the coaches can't accept the idea. The GM rejects the ideal; all's well in Bear QB land they drone on and on, as the Super Bowl window shuts.

Here's an excerpt from the Bears' official site.

The Bears brag on Pep Hamilton, their QB coach, as he promotes the Bears' QB package.

"Pep Hamilton, in his second season as the Bears' quarterbacks coach, was hired on March 5, 2007. A veteran of five seasons as an NFL assistant with a pair of prior organizations, Hamilton came to Chicago after one season as the offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

In his first season with the Bears, Hamilton tutored quarterbacks Brian Griese, Rex Grossman, and Kyle Orton, who led a passing attack that finished with the third-most gross passing yards in team history (3,701).

The Bears had six contests in which they had 250-plus gross passing yards and three 300-yard passing games in 2007, both the most since 1999. Hamilton saw all three quarterbacks throw 50-plus-yard scoring strikes, as the team developed a big-play offense.

It was the first time three Bear signal callers have accomplished that feat since 1986. Under Hamilton’s direction, the Bears' QB trio teamed up to complete 25 passes of 25-yards or more over the last 13 games of the season, tied for third most in the NFL.

Griese and Grossman both led touchdown drives in three consecutive fourth-quarter come-from-behind road wins, and Orton closed out the 2007 season with back-to-back victories as the Bears' starting QB.

In his lone season in San Francisco, Hamilton helped promising young quarterback Alex Smith make strides in 2006.

Before joining the 49ers, Hamilton spent three seasons with the New York Jets. In 2004, he was elevated to offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach, where he was charged with the responsibility of acclimating free agent QB Quincy Carter to the Jets' offensive system. With Hamilton’s tutelage, Carter led New York to a 2-1 record in three starts."

Look at those sweet stats.

50-yard scoring strikes, third-most passing yards in Bear history, fourth-quarter comebacks, and 250-yards-passing games...wow?

Sure sounds promising. The deep striking, fourth-quarter dominating, victory grabbing, offensive minded, QB-talent heavy, high-flying Chicago Bears.

ROAR!!!

The Bears sound almost like Bill Walsh's old high-flying San Francisco 49ers, that is, of course, if you never actually watched the Bears' QBs play in a game.

All that, and the sweltering PR department biography hypes the development of Quincy Carter and Alex Smith, too.

Sweet.

Carter and Smith. Names that will live long in NFL lore.

And those happy-footed stats make Grossman and Orton sound like Montana and Young.

Pep might not be a bad coach.

After all, he didn't buy the Grossman groceries, to paraphrases Bill Parcells.

Perhaps Pep is just stuck in an impossible spot with little experience and less talent to work with.

A bad line, a rookie back, no quality receivers, and no help from the GM in the free-agent market makes for a ruined team.

Sid Gilliam and Bill Walsh couldn't help this doomed QB lot.

A wickedly bad offensive brew awaits the Bear faithful.

Again.

And maybe Pep didn't even pepper his glowering resume with achievements, but it sure paints a bright picture of a grim position that has few positives for the future.

A future that looks bleak for the Bears.

Except in the team destroying, dogmatic delusions of the Bears' coaches and GM.

Dogma, delusions, and hubris: This is not a franchise-QB-building formula.

And the coaches should keep those resumes updated. Because they are likely gonna need them sooner than they think.