Signing Chase Daniel as Backup QB Will Be Smart for Chicago Bears

By Clyde A. Speller
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The coaching staff of the Chicago Bears will look very different this upcoming 2013 season. They have a new head coach in Marc Trestman, new coordinators and numerous new position coaches. These coaching changes will eventually result in some changes in personnel throughout the Bears’ depth chart.

Though the starting positions on both sides of the ball are very crucial, I believe that adding the right backup quarterback to this new system is just as important. Chicago has two quarterbacks in Jason Campbell and Josh McCown who will be unrestricted free agents when the season officially ends. The likelihood of either of them returning is slim, which will leave Chicago with just two quarterbacks on the roster.

The Bears just signed former New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer as the team’s new offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. With Kromer running the offense, it would be smart to bring in a signal caller who is familiar with him and his coaching style.

Out of all the quarterbacks who will be free agents this coming offseason, it only makes sense to go after Saints quarterback Chase Daniel. I know Daniel doesn’t have much game-time experience, but it would benefit Chicago’s group of quarterbacks to have one person who has an idea of Kromer and what he will want to accomplish offensively. Furthermore, having backed up one of the league’s best quarterbacks in Drew Brees is a plus as well.

Current Bears quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Matt Blanchard will be making a major transition from what they did last season to the philosophy of Trestman and Kromer. The four years of familiarity that Daniel and Kromer have with each other will make the learning curve a little easier for Cutler and Blanchard.

With the many changes Chicago has experienced, including the many changes that are still to come, this move will give Trestman and the rest of the organization one less thing to worry about while preparing for the new era in Bears football.

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