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The Ways Bears Helped Justin Fields – Sports Illustrated

It doesn’t take much to discover the “narrative” for Justin Fields and the Bears for this season on the networks during telecasts.

Every telecast will start with some broadcaster’s message about how the Bears didn’t support Fields.

Simply search for whether they helped him enough this offseason. Here is an assortment of what turns up.

For each one of these there are hundreds of different stories and an infinite amount of social media posts saying the Bears have ignored Fields.

The bottom line, many say, is they don’t really plan to have him at quarterback in their future.

If that was the case, there were plenty of ways going into this offseason for GM Ryan Poles to get rid of Fields by bringing in someone he would have had more confidence in. They couldn’t have done it without giving away too much and they didn’t do it because they believe Fields can be the answer.

Fields is the guy and the Bears would maintain they’ve been saying it all along.

They simply couldn’t spend every possible amount of limited cap space they had available this year on players for offense because it wouldn’t have been enough to do the job and would have kept them from finishing the task next year. Now they have the cap space to make an impact in 2023.

Poles explained it all very clearly back during the owners meetings when free agency was only a few weeks old and plenty of potential signings still existed.

Apparently no one listened when he said of Fields:

“I think he’s going to be put in a situation where he’s going to be comfortable, and … allowing him to do what he does best is going to allow him to grow from that point.” 

Poles also said during the winter meetings in March: “I want to give him everything I possibly can, but you still have to construct an entire team. You can’t go blank in one area and then just load up in one area; I think you’ll be offset.
We’re always going to be aggressive to get him the tools that he needs to be successful. It’s just the timing and the talent level and the cap situation; all of those are going to dictate when we can go and we can’t go.”

They went with a plan aimed largely at making a big strike next year because it was impossible to do anything really meaningful this year without harming the future of the rebuild due to their cap situation.

However, they actually have done things to help Fields in ways very few analysts mention. Here they are:

1. Fired Matt Nagy and have Luke Getsy at OC

The first bit of help was done before Poles came on board. Ending the Nagy era and hiring coach Matt Eberflus meant offensive coordinator Luke Getsy would end up running the new attack. Getsy said he has designed it around his talent at hand. He’s playing to Fields’ strengths.

No one argues this was ever done by Nagy, whose idea of offense seemed to be pulled right up out of the Arena Football League from whence he came as a player. He ran the Kansas City offensive system but deep down he used the old wing-it approach of indoor football. Things occurred like the Cleveland debacle last year, when Fields’ first start …….

Source: https://www.si.com/nfl/bears/news/what-bears-did-to-help-justin-fields

It doesn’t take much to discover the “narrative” for Justin Fields and the Bears for this season on the networks during telecasts.

Every telecast will start with some broadcaster’s message about how the Bears didn’t support Fields.

Simply search for whether they helped him enough this offseason. Here is an assortment of what turns up.

For each one of these there are hundreds of different stories and an infinite amount of social media posts saying the Bears have ignored Fields.

The bottom line, many say, is they don’t really plan to have him at quarterback in their future.

If that was the case, there were plenty of ways going i…….

It doesn’t take much to discover the “narrative” for Justin Fields and the Bears for this season on the networks during telecasts.

Every telecast will start with some broadcaster’s message about how the Bears didn’t support Fields.

Simply search for whether they helped him enough this offseason. Here is an assortment of what turns up.

For each one of these there are hundreds of different stories and an infinite amount of social media posts saying the Bears have ignored Fields.

The bottom line, many say, is they don’t really plan to have him at quarterback in their future.

If that was the case, there were plenty of ways going i…….

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