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Dan Orlovsky Keeps Giving Justin Fields Every Reason To Shut Him Up


At this point, GM Ryan Poles didn’t make many friends in the media community with his 2022 off-season. The consensus is he should’ve allocated more resources to building the Chicago Bears’ offense around Justin Fields. Instead, he played the cheap route in their eyes, shopping for bargains in free agency and using his first two draft picks on defense a month later. One person that hasn’t let up about this for months is Dan Orlovsky.

The former Detroit Lions quarterback and current ESPN analyst is anything but shy about his views of Fields’ situation. He believes the quarterback is doomed in 2022. There is no chance he can take a step forward. All one has to do is compare what other teams with second-year QBs spent on offense this year to know how much the Bears hung him out to dry. It is going to be a trainwreck. Plain and simple.

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This stance isn’t overly surprising.

Orlovsky has NFL experience and has played the position. However, he also tends to drift wherever the popular winds blow. He just blows harder than most others. He may think his rants are in defense of Fields and directed entirely at the rest of the Bears’ offense. That is not the case. Whether he admits it or not, these statements are a direct jab at the young quarterback’s capability. The man is basically saying Fields can’t play well without elite talent around him.

To an ultra-competitor like the 23-year-old, that is an insult. He has already stated he believes the Bears have more talent than people keep saying. Not only that, but it’s easy to forget how much confidence he has in himself. He believes he can be that quarterback who can elevate everybody around him.

Justin Fields is on a mission to prove something.

People keep talking about the supporting cast not being good enough. They refuse to discuss how much better the actual offensive system could be this year. Fields was stuck in the directionless Matt Nagy scheme last season. This time he’ll be playing in a variation of the famous Shanahan wide-zome system, currently carrying teams like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Green Bay to constant success. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy insisted he would build things around what Fields does best.

If he lives up to that promise, the quarterback should play much better. Expect more play action and more designed rollouts to get him outside the pocket where he is most dangerous. As for the supporting cast? It might not be star-studded, but it feels somewhat underestimated. Darnell Mooney had over 1,000 yards last year. Cole Kmet topped 600 at tight end. David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert combined for 1600 total yards last season.

Again, all of this in an offense that was a complete mess.

It shouldn’t be crazy to think those guys can play much better in a more cohesive system. If that proves true, then Justin Fields is about to surprise many people. Especially Orlovsky. That would be a sweet bit of karma for the young QB.


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Gator Joe
Jun 27, 2022 9:13 am

I love how the argument presumes that the more you spend the more you have “upgraded” the talent. That is not always the case and often is the opposite. Teams blow money on overrated guys or guys that don’t fit the scheme as well as the place they came from all the time. There is not a direct correlation between what they spend and what they get. This upcoming season will prove that as the Bears do better than all of the “experts” predicted while the Jets and Jags will struggle even after “wisely” spending free agent money on “upgrades”.

Jun 26, 2022 11:14 pm

The bears are trash and so is fields. Last place in NFC North 2022.

Jun 26, 2022 9:37 pm

Orlovsky is still trying to justify the idiotic and utterly wrong assessment of the kid leading up to last years draft that he then had to backtrack and apologize for at this point it’s obvious he has something against him and wants so desperately for him to fail so he doesn’t look like a biased fool

Jun 26, 2022 6:50 pm

Fields is not set up to succeed as much as the other second year quarterbacks. A lot of question marks at many positions. Seems like this season is to see what they might have going forward

Bill Kowalski
Bill Kowalski
Jun 26, 2022 10:45 am

Sims and Orlovsky suck but Collingsworth is a solid analyst. Bears “O” being disrespected is a good thing. It puts a chip on their shoulder and provides extra motivation, while giving opponents a false sense of confidence. I think the O will end up ranked around 13-15th in the league by the end of the year, if there are no major injuries to key players.

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