Allen Robinson: Justin Fields didn’t get first-team reps in camp, we’re still building chemistry

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A common criticism of Bears coach Matt Nagy has been the decision to declare Andy Dalton the starting quarterback throughout the offseason, training camp, the preseason and the start of the regular season, which resulted in rookie Justin Fields being thrown into the starting lineup without much work with the first string offense. Bears receiver Allen Robinson seemed to lend credence to that criticism.

Asked about his chemistry with Fields, Robinson said that’s still being built, and he noted the lack of reps in training camp as a reason for that.

“That’s something that we’re continuing to build on, again, continuing to get reps in practice,” Robinson said Tuesday. “There weren’t many snaps that we took in training camp. A lot of these things, we’re just trying to build on.”

Fields became the starter in Week Three because Dalton was injured and has kept the starting job ever since. The results have not been good, and the Bears have one of the worst offenses in the NFL. Perhaps if Fields had been given more work with the first-string offense in training camp, he’d be further along now.

37 responses to “Allen Robinson: Justin Fields didn’t get first-team reps in camp, we’re still building chemistry

  1. This is why QB’s successes shouldn’t be viewed in vacuum. Mac should thank his lucky stars he ended up with Belichick.
    Where you land will have a huge impact of success. Had Fields swapped places with Mac, it would be Fields balling and Mac getting sympathy after the umpteenth sack and bad game.

  2. When all is said and done Fields will be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFC. The Bears are back!

  3. This is a classic example of how not to develop a prolific college quarterback into an NFL quarterback. Good luck with that.

  4. Had he earned first team reps in camp then he would have gotten them and been named the starter.The bottom line in the NFL is to win games, and like Nagy or not he chose a proven starter with pro bowls and playoff appearances under his belt over a rookie that’s not NFL ready. Why is that so hard to understand? The excuses for Fields is head shaking. Fields is not good. Period.

  5. Allen how could this be a problem for a guy who thinks the NFL is too slow for him? Sorry, this dude doesn’t have it unfortunately

  6. Fields was raw but his unwavering commitment to a journeyman QB who was on his 3rd team in 3 years should be a firable offense.

    There would’ve been nothing wrong with a fake competition in training camp that would’ve at least gotten him some reps.

    More than likely he promised Dalton the job and didn’t want to take the chance that Fields would’ve looked better in camp so he made sure he wouldn’t.

  7. It just seems like Nagy has lost control of the locker room and it might be time to move on. If the Bears have another couple showings like the Bucs game I think he’s gone.

  8. And if he did give Fields pre-season reps, someone, somewhere would be criticizing that. I doubt Dak Prescott got many pre-season reps his rookie year. He was the 3rd string QB, and wasn’t even guaranteed to make the roster. He had an awesome rookie year. Put Tom Brady on the Bears and they win the super bowl and their coach is the GOAT.

  9. ‘Member when Bears fans boo’ed Andy Dalton and he promptly threw a TD right after? Ooh ooh and ‘member when Justin Fields only threw 2 TDs to 6 INTssss? Oh yeaaah I ‘memberrrr

  10. Fields should have been either the starter back in June to get the first team reps all summer, or the #3 behind Dalton and Foles and not have played this year so he could sit and learn. Making him the backup over Foles made no sense in hindsight.

  11. They don’t call Nagy the quarterback whisperer for nothing, just ask Mitch Trubisky.

  12. Sorry, I’m not buying that Fields not getting preseason first team reps in practice as being the culprit for the Bears lack of offense. The reasons Fields does not look like his potential ceiling as a Dak or Russ clone are as follows in order:

    1. Nagy is a dolt who doesn’t understand how to use Fields
    2. Bears OL is a train wreck
    3. Fields is young and making rookie mistakes. Hanging onto the ball too long, not feeling the pressure, etc.

    Would preseason first team reps help #3? I guess 1% or so but I don’t think he is suddenly an MVP candidate if he had thrown more to ARob in August.

  13. Hmm. Herbert was behind Tyrod Taylor in camp last year and that didn’t seem to have any impact on him. It also didn’t seem to hurt Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson. Maybe Fields just isn’t good.

  14. Or maybe Nagy wanted to wait almost the whole year, like Mahomes did, but the pressure from the Owner and injury forced in a rookie to early and the Bears are stuck with a ruined season because the kids not ready.

  15. The only chem work that Fields has mastered is getting sacked. Trubisky right now would be better than either Dalton, Foles or Fields as the Bears QB but the Bears HQ silliness will march on.

  16. Yes continue to make excuses for this kid. Training camp reps help build chemistry but do they help a QB learn to recognize coverages, learn to recognize a blitz, learn to use the checkdowns to slow down a pass rush, stop holding the ball too long, or process information fast? Nope, reps with the #1’s wouldn’t help do any of that. Those are things a QB should have learned in college which might show why he is not only the most sacked QB now, he was the most sacked QB in college last year because of all those same things. Perhaps Nagy knew this and didn’t want to expose him, but thanks to all the crybabies and media experts that is exactly what has happened now.

  17. From what I’ve seen fields simply stinks. His line and the play calling is doing him no favors but I don’t even see a glimpse of a franchise guy. Face it, Chicago is doomed when it comes to franchise qbs.

  18. Justin Fields is awful. Called it before the Bears foolishly drafted him. Another Bears Bust

  19. I loved the graphic they showed during the Bucs game the starts By Michigan QBs and the starts by Ohio St. QBs. It’s laughable how awful Ohio St QBs are in the NFL. Playing a JV schedule in college doesnt help anyone in the NFL.

  20. Gosh, Fields hasn’t mastered the NFL in 3 games? What a bust!

    First, let’s remember that Fields was handed a team that just isn’t very good. Of course he’s making rookie mistakes – he’s a rookie. All the “he’s not very good” comments are ridiculous. Like any of us keyboard coaches can judge NFL talent from glancing at a three games.

    No QB could be the savior that fans want Fields to be. The expectations are too high and completely unreasonable. This happens all the time with rookie QBs who are thrown to the wolves too soon on bad or mediocre teams.

    Nagy should put Dalton back in and give Fields the time he needs to get up to speed. Letting his confidence get destroyed is just bad coaching. That’s on the team, not Fields. For Fields to develop he needs to be given a reasonable chance. Ease off the pressure. People act like NFL QB is easy. That’s just ridiculous.

  21. How come the Bears draft savior QB time after time and none of them pan out? Maybe Fields isn’t that good, who knows? You also have to look at the team and how they develop players at that position. There might be a correlation?

  22. I don’t know if Fields will be good or not, but it’s ludicrous to think any quarterback, never mind a rookie, can do anything with such a bad offensive line. The kid have been thrown to the wolves with a butter knife to defends himself.

  23. He’s talking about “reps in practice” while the real greats build that rapport and timing OUTSIDE OF PRACTICE. Fields doesn’t have the intangibles if he isn’t willing to get his receivers together to master their timing and get to know each other’s tendencies.

  24. As I have stated previously, the problem with the Bears is ownership and management! McCaskey, leaving decisions to an inept president and an incompetent GM, who then hires a loser coach and allows all the good coaches to leave is the reason the Bears are having a tough time. As it has been and will continue tone, if McCaskey retains ownership of the Bears they will always be losers.

  25. Under the Bears current management (McCaskeys, Pace, Nagy), mediocrity will be the best we can hope for for this team.

  26. The line could be better no doubt but he’s a bust. Ohio State doesn’t recruit for football IQ which is why there is never an NFL QB from Ohio State.

    Everyone should know this, but somehow the Bears didn’t get the memo.

  27. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    October 27, 2021 at 10:05 am
    He’s talking about “reps in practice” while the real greats build that rapport and timing OUTSIDE OF PRACTICE. Fields doesn’t have the intangibles if he isn’t willing to get his receivers together to master their timing and get to know each other’s tendencies.
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    You are making a whole lot of assumptions here. What do you know about Fields’ willingness to do anything?

  28. Tabasco says:
    October 27, 2021 at 11:09 am
    toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    October 27, 2021 at 10:05 am
    He’s talking about “reps in practice” while the real greats build that rapport and timing OUTSIDE OF PRACTICE. Fields doesn’t have the intangibles if he isn’t willing to get his receivers together to master their timing and get to know each other’s tendencies.
    —————————————–
    You are making a whole lot of assumptions here. What do you know about Fields’ willingness to do anything?
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    RE: Robinson just indicated they haven’t spent any extra time repping. That’s on the QB’s to organize. Do you not think Allen Robinson in his contract year wouldn’t want to get timing to pad his stats for his next payday when he leaves town?

  29. “Perhaps if Fields had been given more work with the first-string offense in training camp, he’d be further along now.”
    Or, perhaps Fields is the typical Ohio State QB who sucks once he gets into the NFL…Anyone hear from Dwayne Haskins, Cardale Jones, Terrelle Pryor, Troy Smith, or Craig Krenzel in a while?

  30. As long as the McHalas’s and the Fords run their teams,unless they catch lightning in a bottle both teams will be battling for last place on the NFCN

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