Justin Fields’ performance with the Chicago Bears thus far has left much to be desired, and it’s not surprising that the team’s front office reportedly has reservations about him as a long-term solution.
According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, as reported by Timothy Rapp of Bleacher Report, the Bears have yet to make a definitive decision on whether Fields is their “quarterback of the future.” Glazer emphasized that the 2021 first-round pick still has work to do to convince the Bears that he’s their franchise quarterback.
“Right now, the jury’s still out whether he’s their quarterback of the future. And he had a little bumpy ride this week with their coaches.
What they’re gonna do for him this week, however, is have a lot more designed runs for him and a lot more plays where he’s rolling out of the pocket to throw. But they also told him, look, if you don’t see anything after your first ands second reads, just throw the ball. But Justin Fields still has a ways to go to convince the Chicago Bears that he’s their quarterback of the future.”
The Bears traded up in the 2021 NFL Draft through a deal with the New York Giants to select Fields 11th overall. Chicago even sacrificed its 2022 first-round pick as part of the package to secure the Ohio State product, but the investment hasn’t yielded favorable results thus far.
Before the Sunday matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, Fields had a disappointing career record of 5-22-0, with a completion rate of 59.8%, and 26 touchdowns compared to 24 interceptions. Fields showcased his running ability last year, accumulating 1,143 yards and eight rushing touchdowns.
However, Fields, known for his dual-threat capabilities, has struggled to perform in 2023. Even the arrival of star wide receiver D.J. Moore has failed to enhance Fields’ passing game.
The 2024 NFL Draft boasts a promising class of quarterbacks, including Caleb Williams from USC, Drake Maye from North Carolina, Michael Penix Jr. from Washington, and Quinn Ewers from Texas. If Fields doesn’t demonstrate significant improvement soon, the Bears’ front office may need to intensify their scouting efforts for the 2024 QB prospects.
The Bears QB search is one nut the Bears can’t seem to crack.