Justin Fields never thought Bears would draft a quarterback with No. 1 pick

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The Cardinals drafted quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in 2019 despite having used the 10th overall choice on quarterback Josh Rosen a year earlier. The Bears had a chance to do something similar this year.

They drafted Justin Fields with the 11th overall pick in 2021 but ended up with the No. 1 overall pick this year and could have drafted Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, Anthony Richardson or Will Levis.

Instead, they traded the top pick to the Panthers, opting to build around Fields with a strong belief he is their quarterback of the present and future.

Despite General Manager Ryan Poles doing his due diligence on the top quarterback prospects, Fields said the thought of the Bears drafting a quarterback never crossed his mind.

“No, not really,” Fields said Tuesday, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “It’s awesome for me getting that trust from the coaching staff. You guys don’t see it, but we communicate here all the time, we trust each other fully. Just having them behind me, they know the kind of leader I am to my teammates. They know how great I want to be, the work I put in. It’s just great to have them behind my back for sure.”

Fields has shown promise, running for 1,143 yards and eight touchdowns last season with a league-leading 7.1 yards per carry. He completed 60.4 percent of his passes. But he led the league with 16 fumbles, threw 11 interceptions, averaged 149.5 passing yards per game and took a league-leading 55 sacks.

Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said earlier this offseason that Fields is “light years ahead” of where he was last season.

Fields explains it as a comfort level he didn’t have in 2022 while learning a new offense for the second time in two NFL seasons.

“It’s truly amazing when you have that feeling going in, knowing where your guys are going to be, more comfortable with the footwork stuff,” Fields said.

10 responses to “Justin Fields never thought Bears would draft a quarterback with No. 1 pick

  1. They should have. Fields is awful and will never make the leap to being a solid NFL QB. He’s nothing more than a RB.
    Bears are going to have the #1 pick next year again.

  2. Just remember that the Bears like every other team are only as loyal as their options. Turns out that none of the guys in this draft were any more of a sure bet then Fields himself, but had a Joe Burrow been there they would have taken him in a heartbeat.

  3. There likely were two things that were considered by the the Bears: 1. Drafting a QB is something of a crapshoot. The Bears knew a thing or two about Fields’ abilities, character, etc. Despite how well you may scout, a new kid would be something of an unknown.
    2. Despite his RB like mobility and toughness, Fields still ended the year on IR. How likely would a new guy survive behind that O-line, and what would it do to them psychologically.

  4. The Bears need a quarterback-they have a running back at quarterback right now!

  5. Fields being “light years ahead” of where he was last year would not be hard to accomplish

  6. If fields does not develop into a good quarterback than the bears may regret not drafting one when they had the chance.

    Maybe the GM did not like any of the quarterbacks who are available in this draft.
    If the bears improve and win six games it will be harder to draft a quarterback in the future because they won’t be drafting in the top five.

    After 2 years Fields does not look that good and it’s likely the bears are going to need to draft a quarterback in the next 2 years. GMs don’t survive by having several losing years in a row.

  7. It’s not a mistake that they had to list his running stats as the only positives.

  8. Won’t draft in the Top 5? If Fields isn’t the one, the Bears will pick high again. Package their pick and Carolina’s to move up and pick your QB isn’t that hard to grasp.

    Poles has the ammo to choose who he wants if Fields isn’t the one. I genuinely believe he is.

    Fields wasn’t the biggest problem on the Bears. Defense gutted (Mack/Ro/Quinn), the latter two midseason mind you.

    Wide Receivers on one year flyers, that couldn’t catch or run a route properly. Line shuffling with injuries.

    This is Fields year. Time to step up or we’ll find someone that can.

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