Big move for Justin Fields should buy time for Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy

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The Bears have moved past the fateful decision to trade up for a quarterback by . . . trading up for a quarterback.

That said, the move from No. 20 to No. 11 to land Justin Fields should go a long way toward persuading Bears fans and Chicago media to realize that G.M. Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy aren’t leaving within the next 12 months. And they shouldn’t be.

For starters, the team has been to the playoffs twice in three years. Before that, eight years had transpired between postseason appearances. Even so, there has been a nagging sense that both Pace and Nagy were on notice, and that a bad 2021 could mean no 2022, for either or both of them.

The trade up for Fields, four years after the fateful trade up for Mitchell Trubisky, means that the organization is willing to keep Pace and Nagy (who arrived in 2018) long enough to find out what they have in Fields — or that the front office is willing to risk replacing G.M. and/or coach with a new G.M. and/or coach who doesn’t want Fields.

Hopefully (and presumably) it’s the former. The Bears have made their latest move for a franchise quarterback, and it would be foolish to have Pace and Nagy on the hot seat while they figure out whether Fields will be the guy.

If Fields fails, Pace and Nagy will surely be gone. Ditto for team president Ted Phillips, who quite possibly made the recommendation to ownership to surrender next year’s first-round pick knowing that, like G.M. and coach, he’s pinning his own future to the move, too. If Fields flourishes, then the Bears will be better than they’ve been in a while, and the fans may finally forget that they could have had Patrick Mahomes and simply be happy that they have Justin Fields.

41 responses to “Big move for Justin Fields should buy time for Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy

  1. This doesn’t change the idea that Phillips and Pace at least should have already been fired.

    What a country. People collect millions for being bad at their job.

  2. I’m pretty sure Pace and Nagy have been extended on the down-low already. No one at Halas will say anything about their contract status. And why else would the McCaskeys sign off on trading next year’s #1? I don’t think the seats Pace and Nagy are in are as hot as people think they are.

  3. So Zimmer and Speilman will have to draft a QB next spring if they have a bad fall in 2021. Got it.

  4. not sure why everyone thinks Justin Fields is some home-run pick. All the QB needy teams passed on him, they gave up the farm to move up for him when he still would have been available at 20 anyway, and after seeing Nagy fail to develop Trubisky or utilize him correctly for multiple years I dont know why Fields would be any different. Yeah sure he lit it up at OSU, but so did Haskins. Let’s not forget they are without a first round pick next year.

  5. Trubisky wasn’t awful… he just had the unfortunate luck of being drafted before a stud and a future HOF QB

  6. I feel for Fields..good luck with Nagy.
    My advice, immediately ask for a trade or Nagy to be fired.

  7. The Chicago Bears problems the past few seasons were, in no particular order:
    1. Quarterback
    2. Quarterback
    3. Quarterback

    Every accomplishment and playoff birth the past three seasons has been in SPITE of their quarterbacks. Nagy’s accomplishments coaching Mitch Trubisky and Foles is a minor miracle in itself. The Trubisky stench is finally gone in Chicago.

    If Fields is legit? Look out NFC.

  8. You think Field can read Zimmer’s defense? Good luck with that. Even Rodgers, Brees or Brady had hard time with Zimmer’s defense.

  9. The consensus opinion from scouts is that he has poor throwing mechanics and is an over strider which means he has too much wasted motion in his throws. The opinion is that he will need a lot of work on his mechanics before he can be an NFL starter.,Drafting a rookie QB then trading away picks you could have used on blockers and pass catchers is a risky gamble. But give Pace credit for realizing was at the end of his rope and had to do something to try and erase his Trubisky mistake. If this fails too, he will be working at Walmart.

  10. I think the bears had the 2nd best night behind New England who didn’t have to do anything to fill the qb spot. I remember the day after chiefs drafted mahomes and all the talking heads said why would you trade up for a guy who has zero footwork… it’s then you realize it’s crap shoot and these yahoos don’t know half of what they think they do. The bears a good qb away from being a very scary team and why not trade up to solve that problem. Fields is a light years better prospect than the guy they took ahead of mahomes ever was…

  11. Word is that Virginia McCaskey met with Ryan Pace at an abandoned amusement park yesterday morning and told him he’d better make a big splash in the draft so they can sell tickets. So Pace traded up to get Fields, but then found out nobody went to his birthday party.

  12. I like Fields but what are the odds that he becomes the first good quarterback in the Chicago Bears’ 100-year history?

  13. Fields wasn’t worth what the Bears paid to move up. He’s a project with bad mechanics. Another bad QB move in Chicago. Desperation makes people do foolish things.

  14. I actually think it’s the opposite. This ramps up the pressure because if Fields doesn’t play well it’ll be yet another QB to look poor in Nagy’s system.

  15. Andy Reid probably called Nagy and told him to draft Justin Fields immediately. Mike Holmgren , Andy Ried’s mentor said he would pick Justin Fields.

  16. realisticlionsfan says:
    April 30, 2021 at 11:00 am

    not sure why everyone thinks Justin Fields is some home-run pick. All the QB needy teams passed on him, they gave up the farm to move up for him when he still would have been available at 20 anyway, and after seeing Nagy fail to develop Trubisky or utilize him correctly for multiple years I dont know why Fields would be any different. Yeah sure he lit it up at OSU, but so did Haskins. Let’s not forget they are without a first round pick next year.
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    No way Fields makes it to pick #20. The Pats would likely take Fields over Mac Jones @ #15. The Washing Football Team would’ve taken him @ #19 if available.

  17. Nagy better hope he never has to play this clown. Ohio State does not produce successful pro QB’s. Fields will be just like another recent joker. From what I saw about his play, he has less game than the fool Washington dumped. Maybe Fields has some work ethic. That might elevate him to almost mediocre.

  18. He is a quarterback from Ohio St. Who was the last Ohio St. quarterback to have any success in the NFL? In fact, who was the first Ohio St. quarterback to be successful in the NFL? Has there ever been an Ohio St. quarterback who was successful in the NFL? I cannot think of a single one. So maybe Chicago should put away the annointing oil for a little bit and see if Fields can even play in the NFL.

  19. As a Bears fan I want to be excited about this pick. As a Bears fan, I’ve also seen Pace target and trade up for Floyd, Trubisky, Kwiatkoski, Jackson and Miller. 3 are no longer on the team and 1 is on his way out. 1 has been pretty good. Hopefully this one falls under the “pretty good” category, but I’m not holding my breath.

  20. No way Fields makes it to pick #20. The Pats would likely take Fields over Mac Jones @ #15. The Washing Football Team would’ve taken him @ #19 if available.

    I gotta respectfully disagree with that. Look how smart and careful the Patriots have been. Mac Jones was their guy all along, otherwise they wouldn’t have drafted him. Washington is semi-plausible but that means they could have found a different trading partner and gave up less. Instead they jumped the gun and got over-aggressive and gave up way too much. Now they dont have a first round pick next year and if they have a losing record then that is going to really hurt them

  21. They need to draft weapons for Fields or they will fail him like they failed Trubisky.

  22. One thing for sure is Ted Phillips won’t be going anywhere. He should have been gone about 2 decades ago if he was going to go. He’s part of the furniture at Halas Hall.

  23. I think what the author meant is that the Fields pick should (will) buy them time.

    But it SHOULDN’T, because they are both AWFUL at their jobs.

    Justin Fields doesn’t change that. He might make the Bears better. But he will NEVER make Ryan Pace or Matt NAGY better at their jobs.

    No one can. Not even Tom Brady or Mahomes could make those 2 weirdos better.

  24. realisticlionsfan says:
    April 30, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    No way Fields makes it to pick #20. The Pats would likely take Fields over Mac Jones @ #15. The Washing Football Team would’ve taken him @ #19 if available.

    I gotta respectfully disagree with that. Look how smart and careful the Patriots have been. Mac Jones was their guy all along, otherwise they wouldn’t have drafted him. Washington is semi-plausible but that means they could have found a different trading partner and gave up less. Instead they jumped the gun and got over-aggressive and gave up way too much. Now they dont have a first round pick next year and if they have a losing record then that is going to really hurt them
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    I read a story a while ago when NE still had Brady, that Belichick wished that Brady was more mobile to put even more pressure on the defense with RPO plays. Mac Jones doesn’t fit the RPO game & it’s probably why Belichick signed Cam Newton last year.

  25. They fired Fox one year after drafting Trubisky and they fired Lovie after a 10-6 season. If the offense continues to look like trash next year Nagy is definitely gone and most likely Pace too

  26. All this talk about Ohio St quarterbacks. Who was the last Texas Tech QB to have success before Mahomes? The last Clemson QB before Watson? LSU QB before Burrow? Oklahoma QB before Baker? Oregon QB before Herbert? I could go on and on.

    The Bears drafted the most exciting player in the entire draft, a prototype modern athletic QB with a huge arm and college success. It’s a no brainer slam dunk.

  27. That didnt work for Gruden/Allen who both got the can the year after drafting Haskins.

  28. He’d better be good seeing as how he’s about the only first round pick the bears have had or will have over a 5 year period. The team had better hit the jackpot on lower rounds or it will have zero depth, or more specifically zero cost-effective depth.

  29. I don’t trust Pace whatsoever, and he should have been fired. That being said, I think taking swings at a franchise QB is a good idea and am hoping this works out.

  30. Maybe, maybe not! If something happens the first year that questions why this decision was made, they will be gone. Doesn’t matter the “bold” move!

  31. No one here really has any idea if Fields is a good pick or not, or if he’ll be successful in the NFL. It’s just a guess by the commenters here, nothing more. Using history as a guide doesn’t work. Texas Tech has a terrible QB history, with Billy Joe Tolliver head and shoulders above the rest before Mahomes was drafted.

    It’s a no-brainer. The Bears needed to swing for the fence. They have nothing better than a back-up QB right now, and next years’ crop stinks. If Fields is even above average, the loss of a first round pick next year doesn’t matter. This is a much better trade than the move-up for Trubisky or trading two first-rounders for Mack and paying him a load of money that burdened the salary cap. It’s apparent that even a top defense can’t overcome the limitations of poor quarterbacking in this era.

  32. Trading up to get a OSU QB seems silly after seeing the following list work out so well: Dwayne Haskins, JT Barrett, Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller, Terelle Pryor, Troy Smith

  33. Trading away all of your draft capital once for a mediocre at best qb is bad. Doing it a second time apparently buys you time.

  34. chickensalad43 says:
    April 30, 2021 at 11:10 am
    The Chicago Bears problems the past few seasons were, in no particular order:
    1. Quarterback
    2. Quarterback
    3. Quarterback

    Every accomplishment and playoff birth the past three seasons has been in SPITE of their quarterbacks. Nagy’s accomplishments coaching Mitch Trubisky and Foles is a minor miracle in itself. The Trubisky stench is finally gone in Chicago.

    If Fields is legit? Look out NFC.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Yeah, it’s all QB. Remember the double-doink? What about Mack talking up a revenge game against the Raiders and then getting eaten by their offensive line? How did the Packers know all of your offensive play? Roquan Smith disappears for unannounced “personal reasons.” Pay Jimmy Graham big money and draft two TEs? Bring in Foles who was an MVP with the Eagles, but absolutely sub-par with every other team he has been with. Yeah, place the blame solely upon who’s behind the center, not the HC.

  35. Few situations does being demonstratively bad at your job make your boss say hey make the biggest purchase/acquisition for the company this year and will effect is for years to come. By the way if you don’t immediately show promise with this valuable asset I’m trusting you to choose you’re fired and I’ll let someone else play with your toy.
    I’m a Lions fan, I’m used to crazy decisions that make you shake your head. But wow, Chicago you sure have put a lot of faith in a coach and GM who I dont think would easily find a job if terminated. Enjoy.

  36. Reading Zimmer’s Defense? Didn’t Trubisky go 4-2 against it?

    Odds of Fields being the QB answer? They’ve had enough bad experience, probability would say it’s time for a good one.

    Not sure Mack talked a revenge game against the Raiders. I think the media made something out of nothing. Mack is the most soft spoke dude there is.

    Have to do something to move up, didn’t have a choice. Fields at 11 is great. Great athleticism, great knowledge.

    There’s more optimism than car jacking a in Chicago.

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