In Justin Fields‘ first 11 starts as a Chicago Bear, there have been many highs and lows. With a team that is still looking for an identity, it is not a surprise that Fields has struggled at times. Ryan Pace showed his ability to build this team in last year’s draft. He made big decisions trading up for Fields and acquiring tackle Teven Jenkins. If he is able to continue to build this team he can help Fields to become the Bears’ franchise quarterback. Although all the Bears can do now is develop Fields and give him experience. It is important the front office and coaches do their part in supporting the rookie so he can be the Bears franchise quarterback in the future.
Fields Showing Glimpses of Greatness
In fact, Fields has displayed that he can do more than just make the correct plays and reads. It is important Fields takes the time to make sure things are done consistently since he is a young quarterback. Fields looked fully recovered from his injury Sunday night against the Packers where he was 18/33 with 224 yards and two touchdowns. Fields showed he still needs help, recording two interceptions resulting in a 45-30 Bears defeat. Fields was fortunate not to have more interceptions, but did not let them define him keeping his head high. It is important that Fields keeps this mentality and trust the process in order to become the Bears’ franchise quarterback.
Does Justin Have the Talent of a Franchise Quarterback?
Fields, in 11 games, has thrown for six touchdowns and rushed for two as well as recording 1,586 yards passing. Placing Fields as the 27th ranked quarterback as of week 13. While this is not exactly good news his play has not been solely on him. The Bears’ offensive line has allowed 42 sacks this season making them the worst offensive line in the NFL. Fortunately, one of Fields’ strengths and many talents is his ability to scramble. Fields’ arm strength is tremendous but needs to learn to better read the secondary. His ability to scramble could put Fields in the upper tier of quarterbacks in years to come.
The NFL is changing and a quarterback’s ability to run is something all teams are looking for. Quarterbacks like Kyler Murray, Lamar Jackson and even Josh Allen they all have the ability to escape the pocket. These are all future franchise quarterbacks and with some help from his front office and coaches, Fields could secure a spot with the Bears for years to come.
Receivers Need To Step Up
Another beneficial aspect that must happen for Fields to be the Bears’ franchise quarterback is a good group of receivers around him. Fields’ job is to lead this team but he will find more success if he surrounds himself with a strong receiving core. It is essential he has a veteran receiver he can trust and he can look too in key situations. Unfortunately, star receiver Allen Robinson has only had 353 yards and one touchdown this season. This is less than ideal for a receiver who is supposed to lead the team.
Luckily for Fields and the Bears, two receivers have stepped up: Jakeem Grant Jr. and Darnel Mooney. The development of these two players is important to focus on. With these things, Fields could be the Bears franchise quarterback.