Bears: Joe “Champ” Tanksley Says A Real QB Advantage Is Finally In Chicago’s Hands

Our man Champ, co-founder of, is providing special Chicago Bears-related columns for the RedEye newspaper this season, appearing online every Thursday and in the print edition each Friday.

This week — usually its the Bears who are in trouble or something like it heading into a match-up, but this time around opponent Denver is looking as weak, at least on offense, as it could look.

With suddenly frail franchise quarterback Peyton Manning not even making the trip to Chicago this weekend, the would-be AFC contenders look to back-up Brock Osweiler to retain some spark against a suddenly surging Bears team looking for its third win in a row.

It goes without saying that the Bears, with Jay Cutler as efficient as ever in recent weeks, hold an inherent advantage at the signal-caller position heading into this Sunday, but Champ says he’d feel that same way even if the future Hall of Famer Manning was up to playing:

Manning will be unable to play because of an injured foot, but honestly, backup Brock Osweiler might be a better option at this point. Manning is a shell of his former self, and Cutler might be rejuvenating his career before our eyes.

Cutler has played like one of the best quarterbacks in football, and on Sunday he will be the best QB on the field without a doubt. He and his offense will have to prepare mentally for the extreme physicality the Broncos defense will bring.

The Broncos, it has to be said, do possess arguably the best defense in the NFL, a unit which allows a league-best 277.3 yards per game. Read more of Champ’s thoughts on each team’s advantages here.

If you don’t know, Joe has experience playing the game both in the Chicago Catholic League (St. Rita) and in college (Butler). Keep following him here, on the RedEye and on Twitter for real, passionate and informative football talk and listen to him each Saturday live on Regal’s “The D & Davis Show” on

Also remember, you can also catch members of the We Are Regal Radio team in the RedEye’s 5 on 5 feature every Tuesday.

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