Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Other NFL Teams Perplexed By Bears Handling Of Justin Fields

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Justin Fields missed the New York Jets game with torn ligaments in his left shoulder. Some felt there was a likelihood he could miss the Green Bay Packers game as well. Many believed the Chicago Bears should’ve sat him through the bye week, at least. Fields wouldn’t hear of it. He returned to practice last week and was a full go on Sunday. What followed was one of the best performances of his career, throwing for 254 yards and rushing for 71. It was further confirmation that he is morphing into a legitimate franchise quarterback.



That said, it appears opinions haven’t changed among many fans. They still think it’s unwise to let Fields keep playing for a team that is 3-10 and eliminated from playoff contention. It turns out the same can be said for league higher-ups around the NFL. Sports Illustrated insider Albert Breer spoke on ESPN 1000 about the situation. The feeling is the Bears have seen everything they need to see. Fields is the guy. Put him on ice and start preparations for 2023. There is nothing to gain from playing the last four games.

“I know those questions are being asked by other teams in the league. Why the Bears are playing Justin. I think the big thing for me if I’m the Bears right now, I think it’s five games left, is to make sure that whatever you do, you’re not putting him in a position where a good chunk of his off-season is going to be devoted to rehab rather than working and getting better.”

Sitting Justin Fields is logical but not plausible.

One has to remember what GM Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus have preached from the moment they took over. It’s about establishing a winning culture. People might accuse them of tanking this year, but that isn’t the case. They’ve been trying to win for weeks. What sort of message would it send to the locker room if they decided to sit Fields because they’re afraid he’ll get hurt? It will convince other players to stop giving their best so they can avoid injuries. That is the exact wrong mentality this regime wants.

Don’t forget Justin Fields himself. This kid is a competitor down to his bones. He wants to win every single game he plays. If he feels healthy enough, he isn’t the type to accept sitting. That is disrespectful to everybody else in the locker room and disrespectful to the game itself. So, don’t expect the Bears to sit Fields over the final four games. If he is healthy, he will play. That might perplex other teams. It shouldn’t. While winning won’t do much for the team over the remaining four games, Fields can still gain tons of valuable experience in this evolving offense.

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Big Sampson23
Big Sampson23
Dec 8, 2022 5:57 am

Mr Tomahawk, 254 isn’t “cutting it”???? He was 20-25 for 254 yrds……….80% thats EIGHTY percent, average of 10 yards a pass, 2 ints(1st one to EQ was 100% on the receiver, 2nd one was a desperation throw, trying to make something happen late in the game) from week 5 til now, he’s been one of the best in the NFL fool, he is ranked higher the Karen Rodgers(26th) hahahaha, go do your research before spittin out the Hater-Aid my dude lol

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Big Sampson23
Big Sampson23
Dec 8, 2022 5:42 am

Ghost Tomahawk do you understand football??? It’s hilarious that you say on any other team he’d “suck”, On any other team(say like the Dolphins or Eagles or any other team with LEGIT weapons, he’d be the complete opposite of suck, he’d probly be top 5, maybe top 3!!! He’s sitting 12th overall in the NFL, he has no legit #1 receiver and a ragtag O-line that hasn’t been the same group of guys more then one time this year lol, you have zero clue OBVIOUSLY💯, OR you must be smarter then most NFL insiders and analysts that say Fields is… Read more »

Ghost Tomahawk 34
Ghost Tomahawk 34
Dec 7, 2022 5:26 pm

I love it how you down vote things regardless of how true it is.

OMG I’m not gushing over 250 years passing.

Look at Fields stats and put them on some other player on another team. You’d say “that guy sucks “

Pbasica
Pbasica
Dec 7, 2022 4:40 pm

At this stage of JF’s development, the only way for him to get better is play.

of course classroom and practice have their place, but reading defenses and throwing into what the NFL calls an open receiver happens on the field under game conditions.

Jeff
Jeff
Dec 7, 2022 3:11 pm

Should they take away his keys so he can’t get in a car accident? Should they have someone carry him around so he doesn’t trip? Anyone who thinks he shouldn’t be playing because he could get hurt shouldn’t be watching football. It was his non-throwing shoulder. What was the worst thing that could happen? Young players need playing time to get better. Sitting him and treating him like a fragile doll is the worst possible thing you could do. He obviously was fine. Do you think every team should bench players when their season looks out of reach? That would… Read more »

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