(RADIO.COM Sports) There are some NFL teams that are just one piece away from reaching the level they need to be at for a legitimate shot at a Super Bowl ring.
And as the old saying goes, all a team in that position really needs to reach that Super Bowl tier is a quarterback who led the league in interceptions and sacks taken and led his squad to a 3-8-1 record the season prior ... oh wait, that's not the expression? Well, that's just how former Pro Bowl linebacker and current ESPN personality Bart Scott views the Bears' current situation as they continue their quarterback search. Scott believes Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who's coming off a terrible 2020 season, is the missing piece for the Bears to reach championship contender status.
"I mean I know Wentz (didn't have) the best season last year, but come on ... Mitchell Trubisky?" Scott said on "Get Up!" on ESPN on Monday morning. "This is great upgrade. You think about what he was. He's a guy that was sacked 50 times. We saw Patrick Mahomes become a mere mortal when he didn't have protection, but that's exactly what Carson Wentz had to endure in Philadelphia.
"This is a team that got old, went all in for a championship. They won the championship and everyone around him got old ... I mean he's trying to throw to DeSean Jackson who's like a Ferrari — yea, it's beautiful, but the check engine light is always on. So, you think about, if he goes to Chicago, that makes Chicago, I believe, a Super Bowl contender."
The Bears and the Colts were recently rumored to be the front-runners to land Wentz in a trade with the Eagles, but that speculation has cooled in recent days, with reports suggesting that Philadelphia set its asking price too high. The Bears are coming off an 8-8 regular season, which landed them the No. 7 seed in the NFC before they were eliminated by the Saints in the wild-card round.