Friday, September 29, 2023

Bears Coach Confirms Growing Rumor About Justin Fields’ Practices


Something interesting is going on around the Chicago Bears. The first two sets of Organized Team Activities are complete, with one more still to come. Yet already, there is a general buzz around the team from the local media. Most of it centers on quarterback Justin Fields. While nobody wants to jump the gun by staying anything outlandish, some are saying the third-year player looks significantly better than he did at the end of 2022. His connection with newly arrived wide receiver D.J. Moore is thriving, and he’s connecting well with others too. The mistakes that characterized much of last season aren’t there.

Adam Hoge of CHGO wrote about this on Twitter. He said that, for once, the general vibe around the quarterback is matched by play on the field. That is a big admission from somebody who is always careful to make any bold statements about this team.

One person that has seen this up close is Alan Williams. The Bears defensive coordinator works against Fields every day in practice since he arrived last year. He knows what the quarterback looked like in drills then. Based on what he’s seeing now, the difference is stark.

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“A couple things. Leadership. Because that’s what you want in your quarterback. I see good decision-making. That’s what you want in your quarterback. I see improved accuracy. That’s what you want in your quarterback. And how fast he’s processing. … I see how he has grown from last year to this year, and practice by practice by practice, he’s growing. So you have to be encouraged when you see those things.”

Justin Fields is passing the first test with flying colors.

Dominating practices in shorts and no pads isn’t anything to celebrate, but it would be a worrying sign if Williams’ defense was giving Fields problems already. It sounds like the opposite is true. Outside of one or two moments, the Bears quarterback has consistently gotten the better of them. Williams is under no obligation to talk up his quarterback. So his answer spoke volumes. If the defensive coordinator makes such admissions about your progress, it must be a good sign.

The best part is Justin Fields has been doing this without one of his best weapons. Darnell Mooney is still rehabbing from the ankle injury that ended his season last year. Chase Claypool has also missed time with some soft tissue injuries. None of that has mattered. Fields kept making plays regardless. He even utilized the stone-handed Dante Pettis to win a two-minute drill this week. It’s clear his confidence inside the system is growing, and that is leading to results on the field. Training camp will be the next step.


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Thomas Gena
Thomas Gena
Jun 2, 2023 12:22 pm

@RefsOnPayroll nailed it! PJ Walker was a great signing by Ryan Poles — here’s why: Justin Fields has three major weaknesses: his accuracy to all three levels of the field; his problem with holding the ball, too long; and, his habit to panic under pressure. One of the biggest misconceptions regarding Justin Fields involves “accuracy.” Fields is not a particularly accurate passer. In 2022, Justin Fields had 59 bad throws in 318 pass attempts: a 19.3% bad throw rate. Compare that with the following QBs: Burrow: 76 of 715 = 12.9% bad throws; Trubisky: 25 of 180 = 14.1%; Lawrence:… Read more »

GhostTomahawk 34
GhostTomahawk 34
Jun 2, 2023 10:37 am

Heard all this last year. Let’s see when pads and helmets come on and people try to kill him

Ron Moore
Ron Moore
Jun 2, 2023 7:29 am

He has put in the work and an improved receiving core helps a ton. Up to this point in his career his college receivers… Garret Wilson, Chris Olave, Jaxon Smith-Njigba etc were all better than any receivers he has played with at the professional level.. Darrell Mooney included.

Jun 2, 2023 7:12 am

The PJ Walker signing was extremely underrated. I hope Fields runs less this year which would decrease the chances of him missing games, but if he misses 1 or 2 games like last year Walker will give us a great chance of getting by without QB1. He also has experience with DJ from his time in Carolina. Having a good backup can be the difference between making the playoffs or missing out if you drop a few games you would’ve won with your starter.

Jun 2, 2023 6:44 am

RAT maybe the defense looked better because Justin and the entire team were getting used to a new regime and didn’t know the playbook. I would imagine Justin had improved a lot as well. It’s all relative. The defense certainly wasn’t better than what they have now. And remember Roquan wasn’t playing this time last year as well. He was calling teams for a trade with a guy by the name Saint Omni.

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