Justin Fields says he’s OK with Bears’ run-first offense

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The Bears are passing the ball less than any other NFL team this season, and Justin Fields has thrown just 28 passes in two games. But Fields says he doesn’t take that as an indication that the coaches don’t have faith in him.

Asked if throwing only 11 passes on Sunday indicated the Bears’ coaches didn’t have faith in him, Fields said that’s not the case.

“No. No. I don’t think so,” Fields said. “Not at all.”

Fields said it’s up to offensive coordinator Luke Getsy to determine how many passes Fields will throw, and he believes in Getsy.

“I have a say into what pass plays I like, what concepts I like, but in terms of when we’re going to call a play, how many passes, how many runs we’re going to call, that’s Luke’s job,” Fields said. “Everybody in the building knows that Luke knows what he’s doing. We put full trust in him knowing that he’s going to put us in the best position to win.”

The Bears were trailing for most of Sunday’s loss to the Packers, and usually teams throw when they’re behind. The Bears didn’t put the game on Fields when they needed a comeback, but Fields insists that he’s only upset that the Bears lost, and not that he didn’t throw more.

“My job isn’t to call pass plays,” Fields said. “My job is to get the play and run the play to the best of my ability.”

34 responses to “Justin Fields says he’s OK with Bears’ run-first offense

  1. The Bears are running at 66% which would make them the highest percentage by far in the last 25 years. The closest i could find is the 2004 pittsburgh steelers at 60%. Even Lamar Jackson’s Raven’s highest percentage was only 54%.

    This is another form of tanking. The new Bears regime took the 22nd ranked offensive line in the offseason and turned it into the 32nd ranked offensive line. They went bargain basement to fill out the required offense rostered positions while spending their draft capital and FA money on defense. Fields could be doing what Jalen Hurts is doing this year if he had an excellent offensive line, quality receivers, and a coach who wanted him to succeed.

    Fields has none of those, nor did the team even make a token effort to provide them.

  2. The have to run first with a QB that can’t pass. That’s always been the Bears offense.

  3. Well if they’re going to play him they need to play to his strength which is running. He’s shown very little ability to be a qb so far. If the coaches had him chucking it around he’d go 17/40, maybe a 4th quarter td with 2-3 int’s. And they’d be fired mid season. Teams that over reach like the Bears and 49ers just gotta let them run as much as possible til they inevitably get injured.

  4. I don’t know why the media rides this guy so hard. I think he’s a solid young qb with literally no help on offense. He’s been set up to fail in Chicago.

  5. Getsy is calling more running plays so not to get Fields killed due to the crappy OL pass protection.

  6. I’ve heard 100 times the pro game is as different from college as college is from high school. That’s why these talented young guys benefit from sitting, watching, waiting, practicing, and learning. Rodgers waited. Favre waited. There’s a measurable effect from not being thrown to the wolves straight from college, as some kind of franchise savior. Guys like this get burned out and beat up by the time the game slows down enough for them to be effective. There are always exceptions to the rule, but not many. Too much, too soon.

  7. Fast forward to the end of next season, Bears still evaluating Fields because in about three seasons of work he’s only attempted about one season’s worth of passes because the coaching staff either doesn’t believe in him or is too cowardly to roll the dice with him.
    The Bears could lose out the rest of the season and it doesn’t matter, they’re not in the mix for the division or a playoff spot. They should be letting Fields sling it 40 times a game and see what he’s got. Instead they’re feeding a guy who won’t even be on the team next year most likely. Silliness.

  8. 1. He’s a poor liar.
    2. Getsy is calling runs because Fields can’t pass or read a d thus he does know what he is doing
    3. Fields cant change the play because he doesn’t know what to call against the d he sees

  9. A strong running game is a young QB’s best friend. That said, they need more attempts in the air in this league, or its going to be a long season and they won’t know what they have in Fields.

  10. From the outside looking in, I think it’s quite obvious there’s very little trust between the coaching staff and Fields right now.
    Chicago, is basically experiencing a voided year as it purges the books of a lot of dead cap money.
    Setting themselves up for more future flexibility.
    Smart, it’s a necessary evil sometimes.
    All the more reason I think they should take the reigns off Fields today and allow him to take his lumps and learn from the experiences.
    I have no problem with slowly developing a future franchise QB, but if you’re Hell bent on getting him out there and playing him, then play him.
    Maybe that’s still their plan.

  11. “My job isn’t to call pass plays,” Fields said. “My job is to get the play and run the play to the best of my ability.”

    Does he know this was a pun on run?

  12. Two tough defenses, wait till 1/4 season (Game 4, now 5) to start making judgements.

    New system, game 2 of a 18 week season. Can only go up from here.

  13. I’ve watched him four or five times and the only thing that really impresses me is when he gets going he is really fast. His accuracy, pocket presence, and natural QB talent don’t seem to really be there.

  14. Justin Fields is another example to never draft an Ohio State QB. Over the last 50-60 years the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts drafted QB Art Schlichter out of Ohio State in the 1st round in the ‘82 draft.(gambling addiction destroyed Art’s career) That’s it!!

  15. It’s not his fault. Fault the arrogant and greedy organizations like the 49ers and Jets, too.

    You can’t tell me that these VERY raw prospects are top 15 picks in an NFL draft. No way. It took me 5 mins to watch their tape on You Tube and see major developmental flaws that would not work at the NFL level.

    Any average NFL fan with half a clue can see Zach Wilson, Trey Lance and this kid are very raw developmental prospects who need seasoning to even see if they are a possible QB solution.

    How on earth they get drafted in the top 10 is bizarre. I know people are jealous of the Pats, but part of their success, with the 100 things you could list as to WHY they formed 2 dynasties, is because they’re not dumb. There are very few times in the last 20 years, where you scratched your head and asked why something was done after seeing it not work.

    MANY NFL teams hold an incredible arrogance. This is another example. Why would you draft a QB with no OL, no weapons, and YEARS away from actually needing a QB to help with your rebuild?

    You don’t buy the hood ornament before you have tires, a steering wheel, brakes, etc, on the car.

    These scouts are horrible, these owners stink, the GMs are clueless and the egos are out of control.

    Wilson, Lance and Fields are all massively flawed and nowhere near pro-ready NFL QBs.

  16. He’s OK with a run-heavy attack because his OL is awful at pass protection. He knows a pass-heavy attack will get him sacked constantly just like Burrows behind Cincy’s weak OL, plus he has a competent RB with Montgomery. No QB wants another David Carr experience.

  17. Bears need to treat this year like a 17 game preseason. Figure out what you have, try things out, keep bringing players to see how they work out. Feb 2023 is when you need to get to work 100+m in cap space and a full allotment of draft picks.

  18. I don’t know, it looks like Hurts figured it out, and Lamar Jackson has — maybe there’s hope for Fields if he can get an O-line. Then again, this Viking fan has been through the lousy QB draft thing with Tavaris Jackson, Christian Ponder and Teddy Bridgewater and all the same mumbo jumbo of excuses being made for Fields was blathered about those guys. . . . .

  19. Hey Fields the fans arent mad at what you said its how you played that makes them angry. they are hungry for a winning team and they are now figuring out your not the solution.

  20. purpleguy says:
    September 22, 2022 at 12:29 pm
    I don’t know, it looks like Hurts figured it out, and Lamar Jackson has — maybe there’s hope for Fields if he can get an O-line. Then again, this Viking fan has been through the lousy QB draft thing with Tavaris Jackson, Christian Ponder and Teddy Bridgewater and all the same mumbo jumbo of excuses being made for Fields was blathered about those guys. . . . .

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    It’s either take a chance on a young QB or be stuck with Cousins on his automatically renewing fully guaranteed contract year after year. If being perpetually 8-9 is your thing.

  21. I have no clue what anyone in Chicago’s front office ever liked about this guy as a “franchise” prospect. I just don’t get it! I personally compared him to Jeff Garcia… same helter-skelter style where you never know what’s going to happen! In watching Fields more, I think the comparison is a disservice to Garcia!

    No clue how this would end well!

  22. if youre behind the scores and running the ball, your coach doesn’t know what he is doing.
    .
    so what if you don’t trust this guy… what’s the worst that could happen… you lose… not sure how not letting him throw the ball helps anyone

  23. Before the Bears can really do anything versus the Pack they need to show the ability to win against a team like the Texans. Both teams have an endless string of issues, not many name players, and big questions at QB. Won’t be that much fun to watch but might tell us something about how to organize this years remaining Bear games.

  24. icantstandwhitecastleanymore says:
    September 22, 2022 at 8:27 am

    Getsy is calling more running plays so not to get Fields killed due to the crappy OL pass protection.

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    Agreed, Fields needs a chance here… look at Trubisky – the Bears gave him a chance and now he’s displaying the same problems he had in Chicago for Pittsburgh.

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