Reason: Justin Fields rushed development
The Chicago Bears have found themselves with, once again, a quarterback prospect who has been poorly managed. There are just some cities that kill quarterbacks, like Miami, Washington D.C., and Cleveland. Justin Fields may be a victim of a rushed process by a bad head coach in Matt Nagy, and now the new head coach, Matt Eberflus, has got to find a way to undo the damage to Fields’ development. If he can’t, if Fields struggles again in 2022, the Bears may not have an option but to move on. If Fields is unable to be reclaimed by Eberflus, Baker Mayfield makes all the sense in the world. Mayfield can move the ball, he’s used to the weather and his intensity has made him beloved by most of his teammates.
Reason: Jared Goff’s shaky future
I don’t think Jared Goff is a bad quarterback. I won’t argue he was the best pick in that year’s draft, certainly not. He’s a former Pro Bowler, who’s pretty accurate, and doesn’t turn the ball over often. If he’s not good enough for Detroit, then I don’t know what they’re looking for. So if they opt to move on from Goff in 2023, they can save $25 million in doing so, and Mayfield again becomes a likely candidate to land there. The dome, the fiery coach, and the fact they’re pretty desperate all spell the possibility of success for Mayfield in Detroit.