What are Justin Fields’ most important checkpoints in 2023? Sept 10, 2023 21:04:57 GMT -6 vladbears likes this
Post by JABF on Sept 10, 2023 21:04:57 GMT -6
80% of passes being downfield, not screens; even if only 5 yards.
Having time to get through the first progression before having to scramble for his life and make something out of nothing; part of that is on him, he does have a Mitch like issue of wanting to wait on that first read, a lot of that is on the OL, not much he can do about them.
Target your #1 WR more then 2 times in a game; he's just about all you got, throw it to him like Mitch did Robinson.
I know. I think he's so anxious behind the poor OL that he's not able to function as well as we've seen in the past (in his better outings at least). Today he was like an automaton guy... he looked so uncomfortable and not going through progressions but just locking on a guy and that was "it" - and he didn't seem to be processing the game well. And the play calling was horrific bad.
But getting back to the OL issues and play calling issues. I have a sick feeling that Fields has been ruined here in Chicago. It began with a crap coach Nagy putting Fields in a horrible situation the first year. Then it was followed up with Fields getting the shit kicked out of him last year - with pitiful OL and pitiful skill weapons to work with.
Now, this year, we have a bad OL and (so far) more pathetic play calling. I think that by now the Bears have ruined the guy who probably had the talent to be a decent 2nd tier QB in the NFL. Pretty sickening if this truly is where we are at with Fields. Looks like the Bears may need to draft another QB in 2024 - who will come to a team with no OL or decent OC - and the failure will continue. And I know someone will pipe up here and talk about how the Bears "tried" to improve the OL. But trying doesn't equate to getting the job done successfully. And of course folks can say it's due to injuries. But in the end the bottom line is that the Bears have (what looks like) another failure at putting an OL out there that can enable a QB to succeed.
Today, the team looked like it had made no improvement over the "worst in the NFL" 2022 team. In fact it looked like Fields had regressed. He passed 37 times today - DJ Moore had 2 catches on 2 targets. Claypool had zero catches (2 targets) and Mooney had 4 catches. The average yards per attempt was 5.8 yards. 1 TD and 1 (nasty) int. And the offense looked butt-ugly. Just a nasty thing to have to see today.