Jay Cutler suffered a season-ending thumb injury in Week 11 against San Diego and their wasn’t much help behind him.
Caleb Hanie was pretty awful and Josh McCown did okay considering he was coaching high school football for most of the season prior to coming to Chicago.
The question every year at each position is did the team improve its depth behind its star players.
This year the Bears went out and got a very good No. 2 quarterback in free agency.
Jason Campbell signed a one-year deal worth $3.5 million back in March. He provides the Bears with a great option off the bench just in case Jay Cutler suffers an injury.
The 30-year old Campbell could easily be starting in the NFL right now.
They also re-signed Josh McCown who showed poise in some games late in the season. He will make roughly $825,000 for the season.
Here are the career stats for each quarterback on the Bears current roster.
Jay Cutler: 78 career games (all starts), 18,283 yards, 117 touchdowns, 86 interceptions, 84.9 QB rating and a 61.1 completion percentage.
Jason Campbell: 71 career games (70 starts), 14,417 yards, 74 touchdowns, 50 interceptions, 82.8 QB rating and a 60.6 completion percentage.
Josh McCown: 52 career games (33 starts) , 6.998 yards, 37 touchdowns, 44 interceptions, 71.2 QB rating and a 58.0 completion percentage.
Also, undrafted rookie Matt Blanchard from Wisconsin-Whitewater is listed on the roster. He could make the team through the practice squad.
Overall the Bears should be happier this year about their depth at the quarterback position. They haven’t been this talented since arguably 2006, when they had Rex Grossman, Kyle Orton and Brian Griese under center.
The Bears should feel comfortable starting any one of the quarterbacks above.
Cutler has shown some durability issues the past two seasons, but with legitimate competition it could push him to be in the best shape of his career.
Next up: Running Back Position