Ryan Poles: I’d have to be “absolutely blown away” to take a QB at No. 1

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The Bears wound up with the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft when they lost and the Texans won in Week 18 and General Manager Ryan Poles was asked about the plans for that pick at a Tuesday press conference.

Quarterbacks are always in the discussion for the top pick, but the Bears have Justin Fields heading into his third season. That made the team’s commitment to Fields one of the topics of conversation.

Poles said the team will evaluate the entire draft class and that Fields needs to improve as a passer, but that he’s “excited” about the direction Fields is headed and that he will have to be “absolutely blown away” in order to use the pick on a quarterback.

Selecting a player from a different position isn’t the only other option for the team, of course. The Bears could also get blown away by a trade offer for the pick and use the assets to build a stronger team around Fields for the 2023 season.

Any decision the Bears make will have a lot of bearing on how the rest of the first round plays out in April.

93 responses to “Ryan Poles: I’d have to be “absolutely blown away” to take a QB at No. 1

  1. You don’t even have a mediocre QB on your team – you have a running back who is pretending. You’d be wise to upgrade that position because he is a documented loser.

  2. I’d only take Bryce Young to replace Fields. I’d probably do it. I don’t care that he is small. The kid has it all but the prototypical size. Teams would give up a 1 and a 2 to get Fields.

  3. If only Justin Fields had the knack for the QB position that Brock Purdy has. You either have it or you don’t. We’ve seen two years of Fields and we know what he is. Bears fans are in for a lot of ups and downs with Fields.

  4. DON’T dismiss taking a QB for number one but build hype that you’re picking one so that someone will give you a trade-worthy offer to trade down to a 3-10th pick with a couple extra picks included (maybe next year’s #1 and so on). It isn’t 100% unrealistic to consider moving Fields to a RB/Wildcat position as he has running skills… main concern is the lack of QB skills with the pass (granted he’s had below average receivers to work with… and the play calling wasn’t exactly set up for him to succeed)

  5. That’s not exactly a vote of confidence in Fields.

    Or, Poles is playing the game making would-be trade partners think the Bears would consider a change.

    Either way, I’d like to see them trade out of the spot and get as many picks as they can. Too many holes for one “generational” player to fill.

  6. That isn’t exactly the biggest vote of confidence in Fields. Another thing to remember is Poles and Eberflus aren’t the ones who drafted Fields either so there’s not really any preexisting loyalty there. I would not be surprised whatsoever if this turns into a Josh Rosen situation as we get closer to the draft.

  7. Yeah, draft a 5’11 180 lb QB who can’t move nearly as well as Fields (and who hates to run), and put him behind a line you can’t upgrade because you didn’t have enough draft capital to do it. Brilliant!

    QB is not the Bears’ problem. Both lines, WR, and some of the coaches are.

  8. This is a bad year to have the number one pick. There’s no player that stands out as having clear first overall pick value. If the Bears use the pick then they are going to have to overpay salary. If they trade the pick then they aren’t going to get good value in return. No one is going to give up a boatload of picks to take Bryce Young.

  9. TRADE OUT.
    Fields isn’t bad. The team is bad. There’s a GM out there that wants a QB badly. Take the extra picks in a trade to fill some positions on offense and defense that desperately need upgrading. It’s 100% a rebuild in Chicago.

  10. The Bears have no shot. They stink. Only the most disillusioned Bears fan think Fields is anything more than a CFL backup caliber QB. Take a QB number one or you’ll still be looking for a QB next decade.

  11. This is shaping up to be one of those major regrettable moment that can even be an embarrassing blemish in Bears history years from now..

    stick with a guy that can run and hope to teach him how to pass OR replace him with high pay pick and hope someone is desperate enough to trade for Fields after seeing how poorly he plays in this league…

  12. If you draft a QB in the first round, that’s your guy. If you draft a QB in the first round and it isn’t your guy, maybe they hire someone else to pick the next guy. I’m not saying that’s what I’d do, but I’m not the owner. Every relationship is different.

  13. I’d definitely trade back and net a bunch of picks. There are like 10 teams that would want the 1st pick and the level of compensation has been set previously – several good picks in the current year and additional picks in a future year. Bears need help everywhere.

  14. I want to see what Fields can do when he has some talent around him. He had arguably the worst WR group in the league and a porous offensive line. Fix those issues and see what he can do. If he fails then, it’s time to start shopping.

  15. Stroud is easily the best QB in the draft, if and when he declares. It is not Bryce Young everyone.

  16. Poles isn’t give up on Fields already. There is nothing that shows definitvely that Young is better. He’s just maximizing that trade value, b/c someone will move up and grab Young that is QB needy. Fields just needs an OL and some WRs to throw to b/c he currently has none.

  17. Maybe they should fix that terrible line. When he had time, he was fine throwing the ball.

  18. Why do people even care about what a team does with the #1 pick. Is not like it’s rocket science. The pick is usually made by a losing organization, with a bad GM, who will make the wrong choice.

  19. Trade down, get your studs in Rd 1. Maybe the QB from Stanford in Rd 2 to push Fields. Teams need 2 QBs with the 17 game schedule anyway.

  20. The Bears have an offensive line that can’t pass protect and receivers who struggle to get open and still averaged 23.3 points a game from after Week 6 when Fields played. Fields is THE ONE and will only get better. Trade down and build the team around Fields.

  21. Hopefully, several teams buy into hype on someone (Young, Levis, etc.) and start a bidding war for that pick. Everyone seems to lose focus that just because you are drafted #1 or #2, you are a superstar in the making. For every P. Manning or Joe Burrow, there is a Russell, Couch, Mayfield, Bradford, George…. Fields still has not had a fair shake. Let’s see him with a better O line, a better set of skill players and a Defense that maybe occassional gets him the ball back in decent field position. Plus, his size, speed and athelticism is better than Young.

  22. So, I guess it’s safe to assume Poles isn’t blown away by Fields. But why would he be, given that Fields averages a measly 149 passing yards per game.

  23. andreboy1 says:
    January 10, 2023 at 12:37 pm
    If only Justin Fields had the knack for the QB position that Brock Purdy has. You either have it or you don’t. We’ve seen two years of Fields and we know what he is. Bears fans are in for a lot of ups and downs with Fields

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    Not one player on the Bears roster would start for the 49ers. I like Purdy but if you swapped him for Fields the 49ers wouldn’t skip a beat and Purdy would be bagging groceries this time next year. Not to mention the Bears again hired a defensive minded head coach to develop their young QB instead of one of the best offensive minds in the league in Shannahan. Situation matters more than anything.

  24. The question and answer to every successful team is an unquestionably good and solid QB.

    There are ways to get one outside of the top draft pick. But when you have that pick, the guy you have has to be unquestionably better than both every single guy in the draft, and every single pro guy you can get with that pick as leverage.

  25. They’re trying to drive up the price of that pick. They almost certainly want to trade out. The problem is nearly everyone else knows that. Even if they trade out, they still have to hit on their other picks for it to work. What’s their track record on that?

  26. It’s a given the Bears will be sticking with Fields and trading down. Just a matter of who gives them the best offer. I don’t blame them for sitting back and let everyone else squirm to make their best offer.

  27. He has already said too much in my opinion. The correct answer would have been ‘All options are on the table, including drafting a QB.’ I disagree with all the ‘experts’ who chime in with their suggestions for Fields, I think it remains to be seen whether he can be a good NFL QB or not. But if you want to trade out of #1 and get the maximum in return and I am all for that, you make everyone think it is entirely possible that you just might take the guy they really want, even if it is a QB.

  28. charliecharger says:
    January 10, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    If you draft a QB in the first round, that’s your guy. If you draft a QB in the first round and it isn’t your guy, maybe they hire someone else to pick the next guy. I’m not saying that’s what I’d do, but I’m not the owner. Every relationship is different.

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    Justin Fields was drafted in 2021 by Ryan Pace. Poles took over after that season. So by that statement the Bears should draft another QB with the first pick. Fields can’t pass the football at all.

  29. Well, he already has a good running back in fields. Could be a good time to upgrade the QB position too.

  30. 1. Dump or trade Fields fo whatever you can.
    2. Sign Jimmy G or Carr for now
    3. Trade down and get as many picks as you can to fix this awful team. Someone will jump up for Young or another QB and pay for it, happens every year.

  31. Don’t think Fields has much of future but not high on using the top selection to draft another QB with major question marks.
    Trade down and get as many picks as you can because the Bears have holes everywhere on offence and defence. Heck I’d trade Fields too if you could get a couple of first rounders out of it.
    Chicago is far far away from competing and their rebuild needs a lot more draft assets than they have now to improve one of the worst rosters in the NFL.

  32. Yada, yada, yada. Keep Fields, hire Frank Reich to work with him, and build a decent team around him. Don’t be the Jets, who discard 1st round QBs like used tissues.

  33. Look at history. Except for a very few years, the best thing about having the number 1 overall pick is using it to trade for more picks, not using it to draft the player

  34. Trade Fields as he is not a great QB. He can run and that is it. The Bears had the worst record. What more do you need to know?

  35. indeed they are. Just make sure you tell Fields that so he’s not butt hurt and decides he doesn’t want to play in Chicago.

  36. andreboy1 says:
    January 10, 2023 at 12:37 pm
    If only Justin Fields had the knack for the QB position that Brock Purdy has. You either have it or you don’t. We’ve seen two years of Fields and we know what he is. Bears fans are in for a lot of ups and downs with Fields.
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    Youre really going to compare the situation Fields is in with the situation Purdy is in? Name one receiver on the Bears team without googling it.

  37. Considering how well “Mr Irrelevant” Brock Purdy is doing, I’m surprised Black Monday did not include the firing of most team’s college scouting staffs.

  38. All a smoke screen. What they really want to do is trade that #1 pick to the Steelers for Mitch Trubisky.

  39. At least they don’t have to trade up to get another Mitchell Trubisky ( with Mahommes on the board) . Sorry that’s not fair

  40. Jets and Texans on lines 1 and 2 willing to give you whatever for either Fields or pick 1.

  41. religionandprayersavedDamarHamlin says:
    January 10, 2023 at 1:37 pm
    charliecharger says:
    January 10, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    If you draft a QB in the first round, that’s your guy. If you draft a QB in the first round and it isn’t your guy, maybe they hire someone else to pick the next guy. I’m not saying that’s what I’d do, but I’m not the owner. Every relationship is different.

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    Justin Fields was drafted in 2021 by Ryan Pace. Poles took over after that season. So by that statement the Bears should draft another QB with the first pick. Fields can’t pass the football at all.

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    Thanks for correcting me. I didn’t realize that. But I would think the subject of Justin Fields as a franchise QB would have been thoroughly discussed during the interview for the GM job. Obviously, Poles evaluated Fields coming out of college. It would really interesting to know the details of the interview regarding their newly drafted QB. I wouldn’t have drafted Fields, and I’m wondering if Poles told the owner he wouldn’t have, either. If there’s a QB that I have rated as elite, I’d definitely take him at number one. It’s a QB league.

  42. fordbw says:

    January 10, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    This is a bad year to have the number one pick. There’s no player that stands out as having clear first overall pick value. If the Bears use the pick then they are going to have to overpay salary. If they trade the pick then they aren’t going to get good value in return. No one is going to give up a boatload of picks to take Bryce Young
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    Tell us you dont know anything about the upcoming draft without telling us you dont know anything🤦‍♂️ the top of the draft is better than yrs past with Carter and Anderson 2 elite d prospects and both Young and Stroud though of higher than years past

  43. If you add up the comments above it appears the Bears best move is to trade Fields for multiple high picks AND draft the first pick for the boat load that will bring.

  44. Kudos to the Bears for their tank job. They showed enough promise to keep the fan base optimistic , they are not hurting at QB, and they still managed to loose the necessary amount of games. They also accumulated significant draft capital by in season trades. Great job.

  45. bassplucker says:
    Yeah, draft a 5’11 180 lb QB who can’t move nearly as well as Fields (and who hates to run).
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    I agree 100%. The kid from Georgia,… Bennett is a great story,… but I see a potential Baker Mayfield scenario. He’s too small. Mayfield has trouble looking downfield from the pocket. That’s why you see him scrambling to the right or left so much. So he can see downfield.

  46. wardo says:
    January 10, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    I’m sure the Raiders would like to know what it will take to move into the #1 spot.

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    If there is a team out there worse at drafting players than the Bears, it’s definitely the Raiders.

    The Raider will trade their #7 pick for Justin Fields. LOL Raider’s failing organization traded their 1st/2nd rounders for an overpriced and overrated WR.

  47. Considering how well “Mr Irrelevant” Brock Purdy is doing, I’m surprised Black Monday did not include the firing of most team’s college scouting staffs.
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    Everyone comparing Fields to Purdy — or calling for the Bears to trade Fields and start over at QB again — needs a serious reality check. 1) There isn’t a QB in this draft any good team would take over Fields; 2) Fields was better at Ohio State than C.J. Stroud has been, and Young is small and can’t/won’t run (imagine him behind this Bears line); 3) Purdy has a ton of talent around him on that 49ers offense, including one of best o-lineman in the NFL, a great tight end and good receivers — not to mention an offensive-minded head coach; 4) there are three components to a successful pass play (a line to buy time, time for receivers to run routes and get open, a QB who can deliver the ball, and right now no QB is going to get the last part done for the Bears until they do something about the line and find some receivers.

  48. If anyone thinks Fields is the answer they just don’t know the position. He’s a one read and run guy. His preplay reads are non-existent and he just doesn’t seem to possess anything more than physical talent. But as a fan of a team in the same division I really hope they pass on BY and stick with Fields.

  49. If it were me, given what I’ve seen Jalen Hurts becoming, it’s this simple: how badly does Fields want to be great? He runs laps around Hurts from a natural ability stand point but Hurts intangibles, including work ethic, is what separates him. Fields has all the ability you’d ever want but is he willing to match his ability with his work ethic? If the answer is yes, get your bounty for that pick and build him a line. If the answer is no, get your bounty for Fields and build your QB a line. The philosophy shouldn’t change based on what they decide, if they make the right call at QB, the bears are going to run that division within a couple years.

  50. I’d bet Poles would say “you can start with Maxx Crosby & Davante Adams, since you don’t have a first round pick this year. Then I’ll take your 2nd round pick this year. We can finish with your 1 next year and I’ll cut you a break, I’ll let you keep your 2nd and take your 3rd”

    wardo says:
    January 10, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    I’m sure the Raiders would like to know what it will take to move into the #1 spot.

  51. Id stick with Fields for one more year and see if with a little more talent he progresses. It would be his 3rd year. If he doesnt get better as a passer then move on. He does have to improve as a passer. Its just as silly to claim hes already proven to be good (hes not really other than running) as it is to say hes finished and will never be any good but I do think his time is running out.

  52. Is this a not so subtle way of saying he IS shopping the pick, or NOT shopping the pick?

  53. I don’t get it. If you think Stroud or Young are simply better than Fields, why wouldn’t you take one of them and trade Fields? Presumably you get the better QB and you get two more years of a cost controlled QB.

    This is a unique opportunity for the Bears. Trade the pick, trade Fields, take the best player available. With a pick this high, whatever they choose may make or break the franchise for the next 5 years.

  54. Somebody really said above that teams would give a 1 and 2 for fields… I just can’t …..lol

  55. Considering how well “Mr Irrelevant” Brock Purdy is doing, I’m surprised Black Monday did not include the firing of most team’s college scouting staffs.
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    Bc every team needed to draft him?

  56. austinspencer says:
    January 10, 2023 at 12:28 pm
    I’d only take Bryce Young to replace Fields. I’d probably do it. I don’t care that he is small. The kid has it all but the prototypical size. Teams would give up a 1 and a 2 to get Fields.——————————————————————————————
    Teams are not giving up that much for running backs anymore. Most are looking for someone who can throw the rock.

  57. Didn’t everybody also say Trubisky just needed a better O-line an offensive weapons too?

  58. austinspencer says:
    January 10, 2023 at 12:28 pm

    I’d only take Bryce Young to replace Fields. I’d probably do it. I don’t care that he is small. The kid has it all but the prototypical size. Teams would give up a 1 and a 2 to get Fields

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    “Teams would give up a 1 and a 2 to get Fields”
    OK. That has to be maybe THE MOST delusional statement ever made. Based on what? He can run a lot? He has not proven ANY passing skills to speak of.
    If I were a GM I’d give you a mid 2nd round pick for him at this point.

  59. They aren’t trading Fields. He carried the least talented offense in football all year. That team struggled to score 10 points for years and a completely healthy Fields put up 30 a game.

  60. The Bears aren’t one player, at any position, from being good. Trading down for more picks is a good idea, but if a great offer doesn’t come along, Jalen Carter would be the best pick. DT is the most difficult defensive position to fill, and 300-lb. guys with that type of athleticism aren’t available in most drafts.

  61. Every GM gets “blown away” by a QB prospects year in and out. If Fields gets traded hope it’s to a better team

  62. Everyone who is making something of this forgets this is the Lying Season from now until after the NFL draft…..

  63. trumpsgottago4386 says:
    January 10, 2023 at 3:46 pm
    I’d bet Poles would say “you can start with Maxx Crosby & Davante Adams, since you don’t have a first round pick this year. Then I’ll take your 2nd round pick this year. We can finish with your 1 next year and I’ll cut you a break, I’ll let you keep your 2nd and take your 3rd”

    Before commenting, and making yourself look foolish please know what you are talking about!!!!

    The raider do have their first round pick!

  64. Ghost is correct. It’s all smoke until the draft ends. Bears aren’t drafting a QB. To those who think he’s a bust, if he flops the bears will be in a spot to take the kid from USC next year. Especially with the extra pick they’ll get trading down now. Why “reset” the clock when they can do it next year and extend their jobs? He won’t flop though and will be fine. He did struggle late in the year with Mooney out and a practice squad Oline but he will be fine. He is a B QB at worst with A++ potential. If bears can get him a wideout that’s open 50% of time like a Diggs, Chase, Jefferson, Adams, Dhop etc. He will succeed.

  65. Poles is going about this all wrong. If they really are sticking with Fields, they tell him that and tell him to ignore all the smoke that comes out of their mouths. The very next statement is “all options are on the table”. Drive up the price for QB needy teams to get a shot at Young or Stroud. SMH rookie GMs.

  66. As a Vikings Fan I would tell the Bears..
    “Fields is a phenomenal talent. Stick with this guy and build your team around him. He is just a year away from being the best.
    Whatever you do, stay with him as your starter.”

    😉

  67. Fields came from the same school of running backing Lamar came from. He also has a blind spot straight down the middle since his eyes are too far apart. 👀

  68. That’s the problem. The younger generation can’t comprehend far enough back to realize we’ve never had one.
    Draft a damn QB even if it’s Bryce Young.
    WE HAVE TO DRAFT A QB

  69. The braniacs on here saying Fields can’t throw are the same geniuses who claimed that Jalen Hurts was a running back.

    Now, aside from the ability to run the ball, what could Hurts and Fields possibly have in common? Hmm.

  70. Even sitting in the catbird seat, I think the Bears can totally mess this up!

    Also, Fields is better than any QB in the 2023 draft and the Bears would be fools to give up on him and gamble with the top QB prospects from this weak class.
    Fields is smarter, has a better arm, better legs, decision making, and short-range accuracy are the only things that might be close.

  71. trumpsgottago4386 says:
    January 10, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    I’d bet Poles would say “you can start with Maxx Crosby & Davante Adams, since you don’t have a first round pick this year. Then I’ll take your 2nd round pick this year. We can finish with your 1 next year and I’ll cut you a break, I’ll let you keep your 2nd and take your 3rd”

    *

    The Raiders do have a first rounder this year, pick #7. Not surprised you didn’t know after reading your handle. Country’s doing great without Trump guys….

  72. Justin Fields would be a stud in Miami or the 49ers type of offense. The Bears just can be competent enough to build an offensive line and draft a weapon or two.

  73. jwcarlson says:

    January 10, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    Would he take Jusin Fields if he were in this years draft
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    That makes absolutely no difference. No one is saying that Fields is a better prospect than Young but they already have Fields. If they trade Fields they get nowhere near the return they get for the #1 pick since the team trading for pick 1 would have 5 years on the rookie contract as opposed to 3 for Fields because hes not in this draft. If they feel Fields is a legit upper tier long term qb prospect/solution it makes sense to keep him even if they feel Young is a better prospect.

  74. bryce young is listed as 6ft. which means he’s most likely 5ft10in. QB’s less than 6ft don’t fare well in the NFL. I’m not sold on CJ Stroud either. No QB in this draft is a game changer.

  75. It’s a poor attempt by Poles to get more for the 1 pick, Bears only hope is there are 2 or 3 teams desperate for the 1 pick.
    Everybody knows, they’re not picking a QB

  76. They’ll trade out of number one. Bank on it. There are too many teams with need at QB. Too many incoming GMs and coaches. Lot of changes going on this offseason. And not a ton of impressive talent coming in the 2023 draft class. Trade down, build a bruiser defense.

  77. I’m not saying Fields is the answer, and he may never learn to play the way you need to play in the NFL to be successful. But don’t judge him on what he’s done so far. Most great NFL QB’s struggled, and a lot were called busts before they started winning super bowls and getting inducted into the HOF. I’m not saying I’m sold on Fields, but I can promise you he hasn’t had enough time to mature into the position. Just a month or so ago we were calling Trevor Lawrence a bust, and a couple years ago it was Josh Allen. Troy Aikman was 0-11 his rookie year, Steve Young was so bad he got traded away, as did Brett Favre, etc., etc., etc.

  78. Take the best QB available with the pick and trade Fields. Baltimore may be in the market for another “QB” if they can’t sign Jackson.

  79. burnthisdown says:
    January 10, 2023 at 6:27 pm
    The braniacs on here saying Fields can’t throw are the same geniuses who claimed that Jalen Hurts was a running back.

    Now, aside from the ability to run the ball, what could Hurts and Fields possibly have in common? Hmm.

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    The above is hands down the best comment made on this thread, Fields has no offensive line nor a WR corps that he has chemistry with……..The future production of Fields is still on the table.

  80. Drafting a QB instead of fixing the offense will give you a QB with exactly the same subpar surrounding cast that Fields has.

  81. IOW, I am open to taking a QB. Chicago has two choices, trade out or take their pick of QB’s. Bryce Young is not the pick, he is too small to hold up to the pounding of the NFL even if he is amazing when healthy. He won’t be healthy long in this league. They would still get good value trading Fields, there are a lot of numbskulls in the league who think they are the magic needed to make Fields successful. Stroud or Will Levis would be the pick. Stroud would have the disadvantage of being ANOTHER Ohio State QB and therefore suspect. I would go with Levis.

  82. Being there are more starting QBs in the league that aren’t 1st round picks I find it odd teams push for QBs that way.

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