What exactly are the Chicago Bears doing?

December 20, 2021; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) looks on during warmups before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr – USA TODAY Sports

Normally, when a team drafts a quarterback in the 1st round, as the Minnesota Vikings’ secondary rival Chicago Bears did in 2021, surrounding the youngster with plenty of talent is on the menu. And this happens especially in the second year.

Alas, 2022 will be the second year for Ohio State’s Justin Fields, but the Bears are doing little to hold the young passer to account. To be clear, they don’t nothingbut the franchise’s free agent moves to date are a bit curious.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Preston Smith (91) forces a fumble from Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) in the third quarter during their football game Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay , Wisconsin Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Rashan Gary (52) picked up the fumble. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Apc

Here are the team’s free agent additions so far:

  • FB Khari Blasingame
  • G Dakota Dozier
  • DT Justin Jones
  • LB Nicholas Morrow
  • OF Al-Quadin Muhammad
  • DT Larry Ogunjobi
  • C Lucas Patrick
  • WR Byron Pringle
  • WR Equanimeous St. Brown
  • QB Trevor Siemian

Do you know who most of these players are? I did not mean it.

And here are the subtractions from the list:

  • Alex G-bars
  • CB Artie Burns
  • James Daniels
  • WR Jakeem Grant
  • WR Allen Robinson
  • BY Bilal Nichols
  • P Pat O’Donnell
  • S Teez Tabor
  • RB Damien Williams
  • T Elijah Wilkinson

Fields lives on the roster with the coveted “rookie contract,” so the organization should be able to financially fill out a talent-strewn roster for the man to succeed — or at least have a chance of doing so. In fact, that’s the goal of quarterbacks on rookie deals “these days,” hoping to hit while the iron is hot like the Seattle Seahawks did in 2013 or the Kansas City Chiefs. in 2019.

But no. Here’s the Bears’ offensive depth chart as of March 27 by ESPN

Because they are “the Bears”, there is complete faith and confidence in the defense no matter what. That’s what the Bears do. However, Fields needs help from his side of the pigskin. His armament, apart from David Montgomery and Darnell Mooney who are progressing well, is mediocre.

Perhaps new general Ryan Poles — who was in the mix for the Vikings’ general management gig — will orchestrate one of the greatest NFL draft classes of all time. Perhaps this is the working theory. But the prospect of this is unlikely and leaves much to be hoped for.

And for reasons like this – the Bears offense, in general – the NFC North is considered a punching bag heading into 2022.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).

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