Chad Pennington Era Over, Bears Might Come Calling

Michael Wagner@MichaelDWagnerSenior Analyst IAugust 7, 2008

The Bears find themselves in an interesting position this season—they still have a great defense and are possibly a quarterback away from being a playoff team once again.

With Brett Farve on his way to the New York Jets, Chad Pennington has become expendable and the Chicago Bears might have quite a bit of interest in him.

Pennington has never had a cannon for an arm, which might be the best thing for this team because we have no real deep threat—unless you are counting on the unproven Devin Hester.

Pennington has a career QB rating of 88.9 and, stunningly, a 65.6 completion percentage.  Compare that to Rex Grossman who has never posted higher than a 56.0 completion percentage, which was only in three games in 2004.

Grossman's highest QB rating was a 73.9 in 2006 when he "led" the Bears to the Super Bowl.  This QB rating is only three percentage points higher than Pennington's lowest QB rating which was in 2004 where he only played three games.

I, myself, was advocating the possible acquisition of Chris Simms, but with Pennington now on the market, I will be putting my weight behind the acquisition of Pennington. Whether that be trading a pick for him or signing him when he is cut by the Jets, I think Chad Pennington can make the Bears a playoff team.

Look at the division, the Vikings and the Packers are very similar to the Chicago Bears, great defense but questions at the QB position.

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I know so many Bears fans think we need to continue to groom Rex Grossman, but in a win-now league the Bears need to make moves now. In my opinion Chad Pennington makes this team better and puts them in a position to make a run at the playoffs.

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