The Chicago Bears know their offense isn’t where it needs to be. Not if they want to find long-term success. When looking back at franchise history, it has almost always been the offense holding the organization down. Specifically the passing offense. That is why many fans are frustrated new GM Ryan Poles hasn’t worked harder to invest in the pieces around Justin Fields. A quarterback is only as good as his weapons and protection. Thus far, the only notable additions in either area are center Lucas Patrick and receiver Byron Pringle.
There is some optimistic news. Fields and Pringle have already started forging a connection through the early minicamp practices at Halas Hall by the sounds of things. Multiple Bears media members took note of it during team drills. It was one of the few bright spots of an otherwise frustrating morning for the offense.
Justin Fields had one gorgeous connection downfield- in traffic with Byron Pringle, but did not have that chemistry with the rest.
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) April 21, 2022
Day 3 of Bears voluntary minicamp wrapped. No new absences to report. Team did 7on7, 11on11 last two periods. Up and down day for Justin Fields. Looked good on a couple plays where he connected w/ Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle. Looked a little frustrated other times; threw an INT
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) April 21, 2022
This shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody.
The Bears are learning a completely new system under offensive coordinator Luke Getsy. One that couldn’t be more different from what Matt Nagy ran last year. It is also an offense that is notoriously difficult to learn. So anybody that expected immediate results was fooling themselves. Besides, the defense is always ahead of the offense during offseason work anyway. Justin Fields’ goal should be to establish chemistry and rhythm with his receivers while mastering the offensive terminology.
It sounds like Pringle is showing his new QB that he can be relied on for big plays. The goal is to get to a point where they can connect on every route, even if they’re blindfolded. That will take time, hard work, and repetition. It is also likely the Bears will add more bodies to the position before the end of this month. So the current talent level figures to take a significant step up. By training camp, the positives for the offense should multiply.