A Saturday night preseason finale meant some changes to our usual WCG post-game coverage. I stepped in for a bachelor-partying Robert Schmitz and took his usual immediate podcast spot — you can check out my T Formation Conversation here — and Jacob Infante had some prior commitments that prevented him from knocking out his usual fantastic Notes article.
In this abridged version of our Notes, I asked some of the WCG crew to shoot me their one most significant takeaway from the game, and here is what they sent me.
“Justin Fields is ready for 2022,” says Erik Duerrwaechter.
Jacob Infante is all-in on the QB1 too, writing, “it looks like he’s grown leaps and bounds from his rookie year.”
Josh Sunderbruch has some concerns about the guys that Fields is throwing to, writing, “I still have no idea what Chicago’s receiving corps looks like.”
Sam Householder has an optimistic outlook for the future, “This team might not be good, but they’re going to be prepared for every game and appear to be well-coached enough to be frisky. If Fields carries over what we saw Saturday, then 2023 and beyond could be very fun.”
Patti Curl has a take as only she can. “With an undefeated preseason, the Bears have officially taken the North. All that’s left is to never give it back.”
I also checked the Twitter feeds from our content creators to get some bonus Notes about the game, so read on for those!
Just went back & re-watched Justin Fields’ first half performance. Wow.— Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) August 28, 2022
Quick decisions, was on the move often, had some nice down the field shots & also did very well in the pocket.
Obviously it’s just preseason but I’m not sure you can ask for a better final preseason game.
I don’t know how good #DaBears are going to be. I don’t think they’re a playoff team, but they appear to me to be well-coached & schemed enough to be in a lot of games & play close. From there it’s just playing smart, trying to get lucky breaks & best players stepping up.— Sam Householder (@SamHouseholder) August 28, 2022
Also: it’s the preseason and the Browns sat quite a few starters. I think Fields may go as the OL goes, and if the OL starts to struggle all bets are off.— Robert Schmitz (@robertkschmitz) August 28, 2022
But with the state of the Bears WRs/OL, all I think Fields needs to do is “show progress” this year. Then, in 2023, it’s on.