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Justin Fields’ Bears QB Room in 2021 was ‘Toxic’

The Bears quarterback room in 2021 was apparently toxic with Nick Foles and Justin Fields in the room together at that time.

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One legitimate concern about Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Justin Fields’s game is his pocket awareness, which often leads to unnecessary sacks. He just doesn’t see the field very well. However, Russell Wilson has the same issue, so the Steelers might be dealing with a potential dilemma.

Tyler Dunne of Go Long revealed some staggering information in regards to Fields’ fatal flaw.

“The Justin Fields era failed for many reasons in Chicago. Lame-duck regime drafted him, ‘toxic as hell’ QB room, leadership quirks. But No. 1: Processing,” Dunne wrote.

According to Dunne, one coach said: “He’d be a great single-wing quarterback if that was still around.”

In the last two seasons, Russell Wilson has taken 100 sacks. Justin Fields has taken 99. No other quarterback in the NFL has taken more than 80, according to former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky.

Dunne thinks the Steelers scheme should help Fields, but an unnamed Chicago coach doesn’t envision major changes.

“Watch his eyes. He tries to see the whole thing and doesn’t see anything. His eyes are all over the place and it’s just really hard to watch. It’s just bad football,” the coach told Dunne.

More than that, the quarterback room became toxic in Fields’ rookie season. Nick Foles and Andy Dalton reportedly tried to help Fields, but the rookie was not attentive to the veteran, which led to friction in that room from the start.

“We thought having two vets with him would really help him with Andy and Nick, and that was not cohesive at all,” ex-Bears director of player personnel Josh Lucas said. “The part you don’t like about it is that there’s a teachable moment in every point of practice. There’s teachable moments in the building during the day, how you carry yourself as a quarterback. There’s teachable moments at press conferences. There’s teachable moments every snap on Sunday. When you’ve got two guys that have won as much as Nick and seen as much as Andy, and you don’t take that information in, because you’re a little standoffish and a little abrasive, you’re wasting that opportunity.”

Fields didn’t have much success in Chicago, posting a 10-28 record as a starter in three seasons, but he had no stability on the coaching front and barely any weapons to work with.

Fields had two head coaches and three different offensive coordinators in his three years in the Windy City. That’s an incredibly tough environment for a young quarterback to develop and grow in.

Historically, the Bears have never got it right at quarterback. Jay Cutler is their all-time passing leader with 23,443 yards. That tells you everything you need to know.

The Bears had the opportunity to select Patrick Mahomes in 2017, but they picked Mitch Trubisky at No. 2 overall … The Franchise is just cursed when it comes to quarterbacks. Perhaps No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams could change things, or he’ll be the next QB to fall flat on his face in Chi-Town.

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Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) passes during an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

“It is f–king hard to play in this city at that position because as soon as you play two or three bad games, you’re the worst mother–ker on the planet and it comes down heavy,” a former Bears exec told Dunne. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the New York Jets and the Chicago Bears are the two teams that have a hardest time finding quarterbacks because you better have the guy who’s wired right. And talented.”

Jason Goff of NBC Sports Chicago thinks Fields wasn’t perfect in the situation, but he was dealt an extremely bad hand.

“He was part of the problem. I think Justin Fields got caught up in the worst wasteland you can have to develop a quarterback,” Goff said on Bomani Jones’ podcast The Right Time with Bomani Jones. “Matt Nagy’s on his way out, he wants to play Andy Dalton. He throws him in his first game and says, ‘Here play football.’ And then he gets sacked nine times by Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney and that Cleveland Browns defense. That’s his introduction to it.

“Second year, (general manager) Ryan Poles comes in, ‘Hey, I got to tear this down, I want to build a different way.’ The youngest roster by far in the league. He’s throwing to special teamers. But also, he’s doing things that I didn’t expect him to do, like take off and run as often as he did. Is it all on Justin Fields? A sizeable portion of it is. But, I’m not one of these people that think that this wasn’t one of the worst situations you could drop quarterback in.”

Fields took a small step forward in 2023, his third year as Chicago’s starting quarterback. The Ohio State alum threw 370 times, completing 227 for 2,562 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw nine interceptions and maintained an 86.3 passer rating and a 5.29 adjusted net yards per attempt.

In 2022, he was 192 of 318 for 2,242 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, an 85.2 quarterback rating and 4.63 adjusted net yards per attempt.

Since 2022, Fields has the most rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,800 yards and 6.3 yards per carry. Both figures are higher than Lamar Jackson’s.

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Jesus Christani
Jesus Christani
May 14, 2024 5:09 pm

Soap opera junk…