Local columnists look to cast next Bears QB

The Bears have been looking for the “next Jim McMahon” since, well, Jim McMahon. Finding a new quarterback for the Bears seems to be a right-of-passage in Chicago, right next to dying the river green during St. Patrick’s Day. The list of quarterbacks that have come through Chicago is long, and not so distinguished. Consider this list: Jim Harbaugh, Steve Walsh, Erik Kramer, Dave Krieg (remember that?), Shane Matthews, Cade McNown, Jim Miller, Kordell Stewart, Chad Hutchinson, Brian Griese, Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton. So you can’t blame a couple of Chicago-area columnist for dreaming, right?

Chicago Tribune columnist David Haugh thinks that Kurt Warner would be a perfect fit for the Bears.

    That thought left the deepest impression when considering how the Bears viewed the first round of the NFL playoffs, a weekend that included 37-year-old free-agent-to-be Kurt Warner taking the Arizona Cardinals franchise to uncharted postseason territory. Warner looked like the guy with two league MVP trophies on his mantel in completing 19 of 32 passes for 271 yards, two TDs and one interception in Saturday’s 30-24 win over Atlanta. In Arizona, he’s hotter than a black asphalt driveway, and the Cardinals would be foolish to let him hit the open market. MORE

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Carol Slezak, however, is thinking a little bit further outside the box. Way outside of the box.

    Now that general manager Jerry Angelo has established quarterback as the Bears’ highest priority, I’m thinking about Michael Vick. He’s scheduled to be released from prison July 20, and he has made it clear he wants to resume his football career. He’s an intriguing possibility for a team in search of quarterback help. I wonder if this town could forgive his crimes. MORE
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