COMMENTARY | You can't count on your starting quarterback to stay healthy over the course of the grueling NFL season. Having a competent backup is a necessity in a quarterback driven league.
Jay Cutler has missed eight games in the past two seasons with the Chicago Bears. He is also among one of the most hit quarterbacks in the league every season. Last year, the Bears gave up 44 sacks and 87 quarterback hits. Frankly, I am amazed that he hasn't missed more games.
It is foolish to think that the offensive line has been fixed with the addition of Jermon Bushrod. There are still four other positions on the line that I don't trust. What are the Bears going to do in 2013 if Jay goes down?
Well, they haven't shown a lot of initiative in re-signing Jason Campbell, that is for sure. Do you blame them? Campbell didn't set the world on fire during his performance against the San Francisco 49ers. He took six sacks and threw two picks in an ugly loss. His quarterback rating of 57.2 was even uglier.
Unfortunately, bringing Campbell back might be the best they can do. Simply put, there aren't a lot of available quarterbacks. Kevin Kolb is now available, but I doubt that the Bears would be able to afford him. Matt Cassel would have been fine, but the Minnesota Vikings picked him up immediately.
Before I forget, I should mention that Seneca Wallace is out there. How do you guys in Chicago feel about Seneca Wallace? Not good? Yeah, that is about what I thought.
The draft doesn't have many options either. There isn't a single sure thing at quarterback this season. Besides, the Bears have other needs that they need to address before they go after backup quarterbacks. The 2013 draft is chock full of offensive linemen, and the Bears would be foolish to not go and get a good one.
That being said, shoring up the offensive line and praying is not a solution. It will be interesting to see how the Bears deal with their backup situation this offseason.
Tyler Emken is a journalist and sports enthusiast operating out of central Illinois.
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