Jason Peters: Once Justin Fields’ offensive line is set, he’s going to be special

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The Bears have a new regime in place for 2022 with Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus replacing Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy as G.M. and head coach, respectively.

But the team still has quarterback Justin Fields, who the team traded up to select at No. 11 overall in 2021.

It’s a big year for the young signal-caller, who displayed some flashes in a middling rookie season. But one of his former teammates believes Fields has what it takes to succeed.

In a recent interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, free-agent left tackle Jason Peters — who started 15 games for Chicago last year — said Fields got better with every game he played.

“He got hurt right there in the middle of it,” Peters said. “He’s going to need his offensive line to block for him, give him some time — because he’s young — to go through his reads. Once he gets older and gets into the groove, because right now he’s going to be like a rookie with the new system pretty much with a new coaching staff, I’m pretty sure they’ve got a whole new system for him, new plays.

“As long as the offensive line gives him some time, he’ll do OK this year. Once he gets that offensive line set, that guy’s going to be special because he can throw, he can run, he can make all the plays he needs to make.”

Fields was sacked a stunning nine times in his first start against the Browns in Week Three. He also fumbled 12 times, losing five of them.

In his 12 appearances with 10 starts, Fields completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,870 yards with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

27 responses to “Jason Peters: Once Justin Fields’ offensive line is set, he’s going to be special

  1. Laughable. Look at this throwing motion. He has terrible mechanics. That’s for starters.

  2. The offensive line was heard uttering the same words about Justin Fields.

  3. If conditions need to be perfect to succeed, then your QB is a game manager.

  4. On paper, the OL and WR personnel put in place to support Fields are underwhelming but I do think I think the new front office and coaching staff that inherited him will make a good faith effort throughout the season to bring him along. If they can be assured by the end of this season that they don’t have to worry about the QB position (at least until contract renewal time) that would certainly be the best case scenario.

    OTOH I think Fields will get this year and this year only. If Poles and Flus aren’t 100% sold on him by next offseason look for them to go a different direction. They know their careers in Chicago will live or die by the QB position and they don’t strike me as the kinds of guys that gamble against long odds.

  5. I don’t know how good he’s going to be, but just from the eye test, he’s going to be better than Lawrence and Wilson. Those two are busts.

  6. YouEnjoyMyself says:
    July 21, 2022 at 9:38 am
    If conditions need to be perfect to succeed, then your QB is a game manager.

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    No, he’s a running back with bad fundamentals as a passer.

  7. The Packers were down 3 Pro Bowl O lineman last year from the year before, and Rodgers still won a MVP and 13 games.

    But I do think Fields will be great……………………….at making excuses.

  8. The Bears are in trouble if you listen to the pundits. But I think they will surprise some of the so-called professional gamblers. I will never understand why so many people are down on Justin Fields. He has been a leader and successful at every level. This year under Eberflus and Getsy he will be a star.

  9. Fields is going to be good just hope they can protect until they get him help. The roster is bare.

    Someone predicted a 5-11 record for the Bears? I can guarantee that won’t be their final record.

  10. slimglynn says:
    July 21, 2022 at 9:36 am

    Bears 2022 Season: 5-11
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    It is a 17 game season (18 weeks), so ending the season 5-11 is not possible.

    Bears 2022 Season: 5-12 FTFY

  11. I hope Fields does well but it won’t be easy with another new system and a lot of question marks on the roster. Blaming Fields for all the Bears’ shortcomings isn’t fair, no different than judging Lawrence and Wilson at this point. What QB would have succeeded with the Bears, Jets or Jags such as they were last year? Compare their initiation with Mahomes, who learned under Alex Smith for a year, had the Reid coaching staff and solid roster already in place.
    Give the new guys a good O-line, decent coaching and a respectable roster overall and then judge.

  12. The thing is that given the draft capital given up for him, he needs to be good or the Bears will be set back more than a typical bad #1 draft choice causes. That’s a lot of pressure — much like the Trubisky effect.

  13. touchback6 says:
    July 21, 2022 at 9:28 am
    Laughable. Look at this throwing motion. He has terrible mechanics. That’s for starters.

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    In 2006, 2007, all we heard out of Green Bay was how awful Rodgers was. “Never gonna make it” was said more than once. Probably said more often than not, even.

    Rodgers himself will tell you his ENTIRE game was overhauled in Mike McCarthy’s QB school from his footwork to his throwing motion to reading defenses. He’s even said (paraphrasing) “No matter what the public perceptions may have been at the time, it was Brett Favre that taught me how to REALLY throw the football.”

    So yeah, no. I just can’t throw this kid (or any other) on the scrap heap because he didn’t make the hall of fame in his rookie year. It’s about time these teams come back to Earth and understand, it’s “draft & develop.” Not “draft and draft and draft some more until we finally maybe land on something that maybe kinda sticks, no matter how many promising young kids we gotta completely wreck in the process.”

  14. realfootballfan says:
    July 21, 2022 at 9:50 am

    I don’t know how good he’s going to be, but just from the eye test, he’s going to be better than Lawrence and Wilson. Those two are busts.
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    Wilson is a gamer, jury is still out. Lawrence sucks big time, but somehow gets a pass, not really sure why, but I know why. Mac Jones sucks too; he just throw a lot of safe passes. So much for that draft class, only Trey Lance will make the playoffs.

  15. I know opinions are like particular backside orifices, but it amazes me how quickly people want to rush to summary judgement on a dude who had/has:

    -a previous coaching staff didn’t prepare him for play nor game-planned around his strengths
    -an entirely new coaching staff working with him for the first time
    -new footwork and passing mechanics
    -an almost entirely new set of WRs and starting O-line, to say nothing about the fact that, like, half of the team as it currently stands has minimal experience

    Lots of questions about his future success, for sure. But predicting the outcome ahead is a little premature, no?

  16. I’m a Bear’s fan, but can’t say I’m enamored with Field’s just yet. Two years isn’t enough time to say he’s a future star or bust just yet. QB’s sometimes flash for a year, then disappear (RG III) or take a couple years to show they’ve got the goods (Kurt Warner, Steve Young). Field’s has strengths; he’s tough in the pocket, not afraid of the rush; has a cannon for an arm; is fast for a QB and is a genuine threat on the ground. He’s also plenty of weaknesses; his pocket awareness is weak; hasn’t shown he can make full-field reads yet (not that he’s gotten time); he’s been careless with ball security at times. Bottom line any declaration about the kid’s future is premature. That said, my biggest worry isn’t Fields, but the Bears offensive line. If that unit doesn’t improve, it will sink both the passing and running game and the Bear’s offense will flounder.

  17. nite2al says:
    July 21, 2022 at 12:10 pm
    realfootballfan says:
    July 21, 2022 at 9:50 am

    I don’t know how good he’s going to be, but just from the eye test, he’s going to be better than Lawrence and Wilson. Those two are busts.
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    Wilson is a gamer, jury is still out. Lawrence sucks big time, but somehow gets a pass, not really sure why, but I know why. Mac Jones sucks too; he just throw a lot of safe passes. So much for that draft class, only Trey Lance will make the playoffs

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    And yet all of those guys are better passers than Lamar. Let that sink in.

  18. Easy to talk up players in the off season, he needs to prove it while on the field.

  19. In 5 years they will clean out teh current new regime and the McCaskey clan will try again with little or no luck.

  20. The one thing that gets so old hearing is how a QB is a great guy and a leader of men. That is great and all but it does not fix horrible mechanics and it does not make a QB all of a sudden able to read NFL defenses and work through his progressions. Fields is just like the new group of so called QB’s who are running backs with an arm. Great athletes who are not going to take a team too the top. No matter how the game changes the QB needs to be able to win from the pocket and pick a defense apart when it matters. Fields is not that guy. First round bust.

  21. Amazed at all the people here proving they don’t have a clue what Justin Fields is capable of

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