Ryan Poles: I want to give Justin Fields everything I can, but you still have to build a team

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After drafting quarterback Justin Fields at No. 11 overall last year, the Bears replaced their General Manager and head coach, bringing in Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus.

Chicago hasn’t made many notable additions during the offseason, though the club did trade edge rusher Khalil Mack to the Chargers. And former receiver Allen Robinson signed with the Rams.

While the club signed receivers Byron Pringle and Equanimeous St. Brown, neither has ever been as productive as a player like Robinson.

Still, Poles said on Monday that there’s a balance to building a team while also surrounding a young QB like Fields with the best weapons.

“I want to give him everything I possibly can, but you still have to construct an entire team. You can’t go blank in one area and then just load up in one area,” Poles said at the annual league meeting, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “We’re always going to be aggressive to get him the tools that he needs to be successful, it’s just the timing and the talent level and the cap situation, all of those are going to dictate when we can go and when we can’t go.

“But I think what we’ve done so far is at least establish a little bit of growth in the roster, plus the scheme with the coaching, I see him getting better even from what we did right now.”

Fields displayed some flashes as a rookie, but there’s also clear room for improvement. He completed 59 percent of his passes fort 1,870 yards with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 12 appearances with 10 starts. He also rushed for 420 yards with a pair of touchdowns in 2021.

13 responses to “Ryan Poles: I want to give Justin Fields everything I can, but you still have to build a team

  1. Coaching was a huge negative last year, but we need a lot more talent upgrade than has been done so far for Justin!

  2. Not sure going from Ryan Pace to Ryan Poles is enough of a needle mover.

    What a mess.

  3. Through free agency all I see are failures and losses for the Bears Right now. Almost every position is weaker than the end of last season on offense. The same with the Defense especially with the change to the 4-3. With only 5 draft picks, I expect a last place finish in their division.

  4. The Bears seem to be targeting 30+ udfas this year. Poles might be in over his head.

  5. 1.) Fields is not good.

    2.) Ryan, you can’t give someone anything, let alone “everything” through subtraction.

    3.) What is going on in CHI? I feel for this franchise. No reason to have this much inept leadership.

  6. As a Bears fan, I’m not unhappy with what they’re doing, they have to start over after the failed Pace run. I wonder if Poles is not convinced that Fields is the guy, that may be why he didn’t feel compelled to hire somebody like Caldwell who could bring him along.

  7. I sure don’t like what I see from Poles….he has let a lot of players walk, and save a lot of money, but has not signed any real replacements or strengthened any position. It appears that he is banking draft picks, cut down players from other teams in Sept. and a lot UDFA’s. I think Poles philosophy is wait till Rodgers retires and does not own the Bears anymore.

  8. 6 picks in the draft. No 1st rounder.

    Almost $50M in dead cap space.

    About 30 players to replace.

    Less than $20M in cap space.

    What exactly do people expect Poles to do?

  9. I think they’re waiting to see Fields before spending free agency money on guys. I would have liked to see them do more but they don’t really know what kind of skill sets Fields play best with and receivers do different things well from player to player. I also think they want to see him take the leadership roll which is hard enough in year two much less with big name vets in the locker room. Poles had to clean house. Like when Carolina moved on from Steve Smith for Cam.

  10. If he is as good a talent evaluator then he has seen Fields shortcomings just like everyone else. Perhaps he feels he will give all the help he can in the classroom to het him up to speed and if he still cant grasp then they will be in a great position to grab a qb early in the draft next year.

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