The Bears have been in hibernation at quarterback going on 33 seasons. Neither Mark Sanchez nor Mike Glennon will change that.
Those are Chicago's QB signings in 2017 NFL free agency after it gotrid of Jay Cutler and letboth Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley go to San Francisco. That's three 2016 starters gone, replaced by a coupleguys who should notbe more than backups.
If you're keeping count, the Bears have started 34 guys since their last Pro Bowl quarterback — that punky Super Bowl winner Jim McMahon in 1985.
Now that the Cubs have won the World Series (although not over Miami), it's the most Back To The Future thing in Chicago sports.
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Since '85, the Bears have had two more Jims (Harbaugh and Miller), two Mikes (soon to be three) and three Steves. In reverse order from 2015, therealso has been Jimmy, Josh, Jason, Caleb, Todd, Kyle, Rex, Brian, Craig, Chad, Jonathan, Kordell, Chris, Henry, Shane, Cade, Erik, Moses, Rick, Dave, Will, Doug and, oh yeah, Peter Tom.
Between Generation Y and millennials, that's a lot of popular baby names.
The Bears' history includesone John Bonham in all-time passing great Sid Luckman. Most everyone else has been more like drummers from Spinal Tap. Cutler made a lot of noisebut crashed hard — the Bears'version of Animal.
Glennon hasn't seen significant snaps since 2014. Sanchez has accepted his fall from "The Sanchize" for the Jets to career backup, but his time with the Eagles and Cowboys suggests he might end up being the Bears' better stopgap option.
Speaking of the Jets, both theyand the Browns get plenty of grief for their QB droughts.But the Bears have them beat.
(By the way, congratulations to the now-excluded Bills, who just saw Tyrod Taylor become their first Pro Bowl QB of the 2000s.)
New York has had Boomer Esiason, Vinny Testaverde and Brett Favre pass through as all-stars in their twilight years. Heck, Sanchez didn't make the Pro Bowl, but he had a couple of strong playoff runs after the 2009 and 2010 seasons. And here's a reminder that Cleveland had current Carolina backup Derek Anderson go to Honolulu "only" 10 years ago.
Since Ken O'Brien in '85, the Jets have had "only" 25 starting QBs. Since Bernie Kosar in '85, the Browns have had 37 starting QBs, and they weren't in operation for three of those seasons.
So the quantity is close to Chicago, with a little more "quality" in both cases. Italso makes it appropriate that ageless journeyman Josh McCownis going for the Bears-Browns-Jets starting trifecta in 2017 — something neither Testaverdenor Mike Tomczak couldcomplete.
Whether it's McCown or McNown or Miller or Mathews or Moreno, after McMahon, the Bears have had no Luck, man.
Let's hope Glennon and Sanchez aren't the only Chicago ways of solving QB, that the team will also end up with either Watson, Trubisky, Kizer, Mahomes or Webb. We at least know between Deshaun, Mitch/Mitchell or DeShone, Pat or Davis, there will be a new first name added to the list. Maybe it will come with a new outlook, too.
At one point, aftertrading for Cutler on the heels of hisPro Bowl with the Broncos in 2008, it looked pretty good for the Bears. But Jay never saved the day, and his once great promise to end the dry spell only added to the frustration of the carousel. While Cutler was around for eight seasons, Chicago still needed seven other guys to start for injury or otherwise.
The Bears can boast a running back and middle linebacker history that would make just about every team jealous. Over the years, those positions have helped them become Monsters of the Midway.
But now the league is in a passing era where black and blue is no longer the true path to championships. In that regard, they are right down there buried with the Jets and Browns as have-nots.
Until the Bears find that next QB who is good enough to play in the Pro Bowl, they can forget aboutanother Super Bowl.