Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Bears Not Panicking On Justin Fields But Reportedly Concerned


Let’s get this out of the way immediately. Justin Fields is the starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears. That is not going to change. The next 15 games belong solely to him and nobody else as they should. However, people are already making assumptions that he is also locked in as the guy in 2023. Many presume the Bears will spend that off-season throwing resources at the offense to help him. This could be 100% true, but that would be ignoring the facts.

Currently, Fields doesn’t look anything close to a franchise quarterback. Yes, he’s an excellent talent, but the problem is NFL defenses can account for great athletes at the position these days. Good quarterbacks are required to beat teams from the pocket. It was painfully evident through the first two weeks that Fields couldn’t do that. He escaped criticism in Week 1 against San Francisco because of the atrocious weather. Week 2 in Green Bay exposed just how big the problem is.

Throwing for 70 yards in a modern NFL game is hard to do.

What made it worse was that one can’t blame the coaching or the supporting cast. The offensive line protection wasn’t great, but it was serviceable. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy also did a good job getting wide receivers open. Fields just couldn’t find them to save his life. He never looked comfortable in the pocket and didn’t trust what he saw. That is why he held the ball too long.

He still doesn’t trust the rhythm and timing of plays. Fields had the luxury of guys being wide open all the time at Ohio State. He could afford to wait. Open in the NFL is different. These problems witnessed in Green Bay were present last year too. According to Jeff Hughes of Da Bears Blog, the team brass of GM Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus aren’t panicking yet. They believe in Fields’ potential. That said, neither of them can be called totally bought in on the young quarterback.

This regime owes Justin Fields nothing.

That is something many Bears fans don’t want to acknowledge. Poles and Eberflus had no hand in drafting Fields. Their commitment to him runs no deeper than an evaluation period. Both like the talent, but neither went so far as to say he’s their guy moving forward. Everything points to them seeing Fields as a project. An outstanding talent with evident flaws. There were multiple opportunities on Sunday night for him to flip the momentum with big plays. He missed them almost every time.

Justin Fields is tough. Nobody disputes that. He also works very hard. Those are excellent traits for a quarterback. He still has 15 games left to become more comfortable and confident in this offense. The Bears will give it to him. However, people must recognize a fundamental truth. Suppose he still looks like the player we saw at Lambeau Field by late November or early December. In that case, the organization must discuss the quarterback position next off-season.

Some people won’t like that.

They believe Fields is essentially a rookie again because of the new offense. The thing is, experience is experience. He’s played in 14 games already. There should be signs of progress regardless of the scheme he’s in. Good quarterbacks show flashes even under challenging circumstances. While Fields has pulled off some excellent improvisational moments, his polish as a pocket passer remains disturbingly subpar. Poles and Eberflus won’t ignore that forever.


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Sep 22, 2022 11:31 am

Were you high when you wrote this? You had to be, that’s the only thing that can explain this hallucinogenic drivel. We all know last year was completely FUBAR! I felt sorry for Fields because of what he had to endure, most of us did and rightfully so. He was getting killed out there. Now we are 2 games into his 2nd season, just 2 frikin games, with an entirely new coaching staff, a brand new system, horrible OL in pass blocking, and a talent deprived WR corp. All of this and some people are acting like last year didn’t… Read more »

J C Caroline
J C Caroline
Sep 22, 2022 5:45 am

This is ground hog day. Fields looks like an average player , not worth the high pick cost but that’s done . The McKaskey clan will still cash the dividend checks and writers will write , fans will moan and suffer , rinse and repeat

Sep 21, 2022 9:59 pm

Amazing how all these writers and wannbe GM/Coach fans are quick to drill in all the negatives about JF ( oh and their are some) and talk about or show film on a couple of plays where he missed his reads but neglect to show or discuss the numerous plays where GB DL was immediately swarming in the Bears backfield with no pocket to climb into or no B gap to escape from. Bears OL running blocking was great but the pass protection was atrocious most of the night. It sucks that our fans and writers are so impatient. We… Read more »

Sep 21, 2022 9:10 pm

Oh c’mon it’s common sense peeps. Fields has until December to prove himself.
If he can’t demonstrate competence, then competition will be drafted.

Jim B
Jim B
Sep 21, 2022 10:24 am

Yet another overreaction atricle on SM. Facts are that Fields is 2 games into his second season with a brand new offense and coordinator. Until we hear he is a bust directly from the Bears take any so called expert or insider with a truckload of salt.

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