Besides our usual Chicago Bears’ franchise confidence poll results from SB Nation Reacts, I asked them to shoot out the following question to you guys this week as well.
Are you confident in Justin Fields’ development so far?
We’ve seen some of the usual rookie ups and downs from Fields this season though seven games, but if we’re being completely honest, it’s been mostly downs from him. But if we’re also being honest, he’s not getting much help from the coaches, his receivers, or his pass protection.
Overall, I think Fields is performing about as well as he could all things considered, but only 35% of our fans are confidence in where he is right now.
Some fans expected a Justin Herbert-like start from Fields, but those types of rookie seasons just don’t happen that often.
He’s played in all 7 games this year, with 5 starts, and thus far he’s completing 57.3% of his passes for 816 yards, 2 touchdown passes, 6 interceptions, and a passer rating of 61.8, and he has 34 rushing attempts for 140 yards and a TD. He’s also being sacked at a rate that hasn’t been seen in nearly 20 years.
I expected to see better play from him once he got in the game this season, but I also didn’t expect the brain-trust of Matt Nagy, Bill Lazor, John DeFilippo and company to come up with such awful game plans.
The way in which Fields has been used so far this season has been criticized from all directions. Fans, analysts, the local and national media, and even the oddsmakers are piling on by keeping Nagy as the odds on favorite next head coach to get fired.
Everyone sees the problems with the offense except Nagy and his think-tank, but with a couple “easier” games on the schedule next in the two win 49ers followed by the .500 Steelers, maybe Fields and the Chicago O can get into a rhythm. Maybe Fields will start to build some comfort with the starting wide outs that he’s really only worked with for about a month.
Maybe Lazor will start dialing up some more moving pockets and roll outs for Fields, while sticking with the run game that has been so effective, and mixing in more play action passes, which will help make the game simpler for the rookie QB.
Where are you at right now in your confidence of Fields’ play and in his development?
Bears’ fans, SB Nation Reacts is a neat way share your voice with fans across the NFL with their fun and topical surveys. Each week they’ll shoot out some questions to our plugged-in fanbase, both about the Bears and the other 31 teams too, and we’ll share the results here on Windy City Gridiron. Sign up here to join Reacts.