According to one former Bears quarterback, the Bears need to stick with their current quarterback.
That's what Kordell Stewart says. His advice to general manager Jerry Angelo is to stick it out with Kyle Orton and give him the opportunity to grow into the position and stabilize the position. The entire interview is available right here.
Visiting Friday morning with Sun-Timesmen Mully & Hanley on the The Score, 670-AM, Stewart said Angelo needs to put an end to what we on the Inside the Bears staff like to call the Quarterback Carousel. Of course, Angelo has already stepped out and called the quarterback position his No. 1 priority this offseason. Given the slim pickings available in free agency and considering the Bears' draft position at No. 18, chances are the expected move at the position will be the addition of a journeyman veteran to the mix.
"No disrespect to Jerry Angelo, but they need to stick to their guns right now, stay with Kyle Orton, give him a chance to play,'' Stewart said. "Allow Rex Grossman to be the backup or bring a veteran in that you know can stay here, be here, help us win. Because the defense is stable. They don't have too many missing pieces.
"They need to get out of this thing of trying to bring another quarterback in, allow [Matt] Forte to have a guy who can make the calls, allow Olin Kreutz to have a guy to make the calls. Allow the defense to have a face on the offense that they can respect so they don't have to say, `Oh my goodness, here we go again. We gotta play offense on defense to get this thing done because we don't know what we want to do at the quarterback position.' So, I think it's unfair to the team that they're consistently going through all of these quarterbacks to try to figure out what is going on. Stick to Kyle Orton. Let him get it done.''
Stewart knows something about the QB Carousel. He was a part of the 35 changes at the starting position the franchise has had in the last 155 regular-season games. That's one every 4.4 games if you're keeping score with us. Twice, Stewart was inserted into the starting role in 2003 and twice he was taken out of it.
But the foundation that was in place that season for a strong defense moving forward has changed. He's going to get considerable disagreement with those who have watched the team closely that the defense, which ranked 21st this past season and 30th vs. the pass, is stable. Yes, it doesn't look like there will be a lot of moving parts given the number of contract extensions recently done on that side of the ball, but that doesn't mean there are not missing pieces, as Stewart suggests.