Justin Fields’ development based on more than stats or wins

All of the Bears Nation fuss and worry about why Justin Fields hasn’t become a winning point guard yet, and the thought that the team will let him down because they’re losing games this year is complete nonsense. .

Really, it is beyond absurd. It reflects how little people have learned from generations of bad quarterbacks and coaches in Chicago. They should know better by now.

What offensive coordinator Luke Getsy had to say about Fields and his development had to do with both situations, one rather directly and the other indirectly.

Getsy was asked about Fields’ comments saying he wants Getsy or QB coach Andrew Janocko to remind him to slow down when he seems to be going too fast, especially towards the end of a game. A week earlier, Fields said he used a breathing technique for this, but apparently it’s not good enough for all situations.

It seems rather odd that a QB needs someone to tell him to slow down, but Getsy called it ordinary and learning to slow down is part of the process.

“It’s the experience of playing in this position that’s the only way to get that,” Getsy said. “You can’t fake what it’s like to have these guys around you, the moment and trying to read the cover, make sure you have the protection the right way, where is your weakness in the protection, everything whatever comes to your mind and be prepared for the game and go through the progression.

“You can’t fake that at this level. I really believe it’s getting better and better every week and he’s going to continue to grow through this. It’s just getting those reps in practice and then incorporating them into the game. .Try to make the practice as real as possible.”

It takes time and experience. It takes longer when you’re on a freshly rebuilt team, even with a massive rebuild to do next year.

It’s not like Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars, who had drafted early in the first round for three or four years, but also had enough cap space available to overspend on average receivers in free agency.

In Getsy’s mind, they’re in it for the long haul with Fields and he’s growing as the build continues.

Not all quarterbacks develop as quickly or as slowly as each other. Even Matt Nagy told us that.

It’s easy to look at the two quarterbacks the Bears could face on Monday night and wonder why Mac Jones could play so effectively as a rookie and Bailey Zappe could come out of nowhere and be effective while everyone in Chicago waits for Justin Fields goes mid-level numbers.

The answer to that is as obvious as last year’s decision to fire everyone and start over.

The Patriots have the same coaching staff. They didn’t have to rebuild an offensive line like the Bears did. The two Patriots quarterbacks found themselves in a situation ripe for success.

Fields is on his third offense in three seasons, with a new group of coaches who themselves are seriously inexperienced when it comes to coaching a team, Matt Eberflus and Luke Getsy in particular.

No one is or has been on Fields at Halas Hall outwardly, except for Getsy pointing out that his QB knocked down Ryan Griffin in the end zone.

Fields had fought for it before.

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Justin Fields has moved on

Fields is now mentally ready to go, after it looked like he might pop a joint following Thursday night’s loss to Washington.

“He’s been positive, upbeat,” Eberflus said Saturday of Fields. “He performed well in walkthroughs and in practice.

“I would say A-plus for the week, you know, from my perspective and being in the meetings with him, working with the other players. It’s been really good.”

The Bears don’t see Fields advancing or regressing based on a few losses here or a win or two there.

This is what is lost for so many who are in panic mode.

The coaches are looking at every aspect of his game and realizing the impact of the lack of wide receiver and offensive line talent resulting from the decision to gut the roster to build a solid salary cap structure.

They don’t overreact to Fields throwing an interception on a deflection in the red zone or knocking down his tight end wide open.

They see the ridiculous deep ball he threw for a touchdown just before he was hit in the chest by the pass run, and they’re impressed. The positives outweigh the negatives when they are also positive.

Imagine Fields playing behind an offensive line like New England’s, or with some of receiver Mac Jones’ weapons. The Patriots aren’t the best-equipped passing offense, but they look like the Cowboys of the 1990s or the 49ers of the 1980s in what Fields has on his side.

Development is not stats driven

All of this is taken into account. No one is going to take a loss to Washington or the Giants or Minnesota, or even if they lose to New England, and say Fields just isn’t developing. It is time to move on.

They might if he doesn’t make progress as a passer, as someone who reads defenses or panics and turns the ball around.

While Fields says it’s all about wins and losses and not stats, coaches and general manager Ryan Poles know it’s not at all about wins and losses or stats as they go. and as it develops this season.

If so, they would put more pressure on the quarterback, or even pull him out of games like Nagy did with Mitchell Trubisky, Andy Dalton and Nick Foles. They would throw away perfectly good future-ready draft picks only to trade them for a worn-out receiver or a receiver who was never used for anything simply because he could catch one or two more passes per game than players than they have for this season. They went as far as they wanted by giving up a seventh round in two years for N’Keal Harry.

No one panics at Halas Hall over Fields. No one else should.

The only ones who are don’t wear football uniforms or stand on the sidelines, and they don’t really matter in his development.


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