As no surprise, the Chicago Bears are on this list. Frankly, had they have had better quarterback play at any point in the last two years, this team might have been good enough to win a Super Bowl. The defense has been phenomenal, whether Vic Fangio was running it back in 2018 or Chuck Pagano in charge of it now. Per usual, the Bears are operating at a quarterbacking deficit.
Entering 2020, they are rolling with former No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky and former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles in an open competition. Trubisky’s career as an NFL starter is on the brink, while Foles may have one last shot at leading a team after things fizzled out with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sadly, whoever ends up winning this job will only be the 24th best quarterback in the NFL.
With Trubisky, only a handful of Chicagoans may think he’s got what it takes to win it all. With Foles, we’ve seen him do it before, but under interesting circumstances. Foles can catch fire in December and January to hoist a Lombardi Trophy. However, he’s only had one season where he was good for its entirety and that was back in 2013 playing for Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles.
Though adding Foles to the mix does provide a compelling wrinkle, keep in mind he’s a quarterback who didn’t win a single game in four starts for Jacksonville. Rookie Gardner Minshew went 6-6 in 12 games as the starter. If the Bears had a quarterback as consistent as Dak Prescott, Cam Newton or even Derek Carr, Chicago may have been good enough to contend for a Super Bowl.