Bears could face multiple Buccaneers quarterbacks if Ryan Fitzpatrick struggles


For the second week in a row, the Bears could be facing more than one quarterback in their game. The Arizona Cardinals pulled Sam Bradford for rookie Josh Rosen in Week 3, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could consider doing something similar in Week 4.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Buccaneers were close to benching Ryan Fitzpatrick last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers and putting in third-string quarterback Ryan Griffin.

Now, Jameis Winston is back from his three-game suspension, giving Tampa Bay head coach Dirk Koetter a more viable option behind Fitzpatrick if he struggles against the Bears defense.

Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions in the first half against the Steelers in Week 3, but the Buccaneers stuck with him, and he finished with 411 yards and three touchdowns in their first loss of the season.

Through three weeks, he has the third-most passing yards and second-most touchdowns of any quarterback in the NFL, but Fitzpatrick evidently has a short leash, and the Bears defense could prompt Koetter to make a quarterback change.

When Winston faced Chicago last season, he went 18-of-30 for 204 yards and a touchdown, but that was before Khalil Mack came to town. If the Bears can force the Buccaneers to change quarterbacks, the game will be going well for Matt Nagy heading into the bye week.

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