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Bernstein: Brace For Idiocy If Chase Daniel Performs

A segment of Bears fandom craves irrational tribalism regarding quarterbacking.

Dan Bernstein
November 21, 2018 - 2:37 pm

(670 The Score) It sure looks like backup Chase Daniel will start at quarterback for the Bears against the Lions on Thursday, now that Mitchell Trubisky has been officially designated doubtful to play due to what's reported to be a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder.

And it means a storm could be coming. Consider this a warning.

There's a real possibility that Daniel will execute coach Matt Nagy's offensive system quite competently in a win over the Lions, completing a majority of safe and well-sequenced passes for a score or two and no interceptions, and that means the walking undead will be out again. It will be the very first call taken on the 670 The Score postgame show.

"This Daniels is better than Trubinski, I think -- and so do all my frents," Bob in Elmwood Park will say. 

And then there will be more. Bank on it.

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Forget that there will never be any truth or awareness involved. To some it will never matter whether one quarterback is actually markedly better or more valuable and important than another, nor the fact that one happens to have been compiling the best season at the position in franchise history. Also not registering would be any fact offered by the team itself about their depth chart and the understood roles.

A certain and vocal segment of Bears fandom craves irrational tribalism regarding quarterbacking and will grasp at any opportunity for such reversion. It happens every preseason, even, regardless of contracts and commitments and obvious differences in talent. They're wrong -- very, very wrong -- but they remain legion and they lie dormant until activated.

All it will take is the combination of a win and no picks to have them emerging like cicadas to tell us "Dat's da game manager we need with dis defense," "See what you can get for Trubitzky" and "I said he was better when I watched dat practice in August."

There will be mispronounced names. There will be lamentable sports thoughts.

Prepare. Stockpile canned food, and make sure there's fuel for the generator and plenty of fresh water. A Bears victory and a Chase Daniel stat line of 22-of-30 for two touchdowns and 239 yards would mean a passer rating of 118.6 and an all too predictable response.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s Bernstein & McKnight Show in middays. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.​​