Plenty of people are ready to push the panic button on Chicago Bears QB, Justin Fields.
It is nothing new to see people panic about players early in the season, but it might be warranted for Fields.
The Bears fell to 2-2 on the season with a 20-12 loss on Sunday.
Despite being .500 on the year, the Bears are not a good football team.
Their offense is not explosive enough to even compete with some of the top teams in the NFC.
Fields had his season-high in pass attempts (22) and passing yards (174) in Week 4.
The second-year QB has not looked like a franchise QB so far this season.
It is hard for fans to have faith in Fields when his coaching staff has shown little faith.
He has the least amount of passing attempts amongst starting QBs and is only completing 50.7% of passes.
It appears that Fields has struggled to hit open receivers and is seemingly under pressure every play.
The Bears’ offensive line is one of the worst in the NFL, and the young QB is paying the price.
Justin Fields was under pressure on 51.4% of his dropbacks against the Giants.
On plays where he was kept clean, he went 10-of-14 for 168 yards, with a PFF grade of 90.3
— Lorin Cox (@CoxSports1) October 3, 2022
Every game he is under constant duress and rarely has a clean pocket to throw from.
The Chicago offensive staff is making it difficult to evaluate what they have in Fields.
We have seen young quarterbacks like Josh Allen and Fields struggle early in their careers behind bad offensive lines and limited weapons.
But, Allen has flourished thanks to the addition of Stefon Diggs and better coaching.
The Bears should be using that formula for Fields.
If Chicago is looking for Fields to turn into a franchise QB they are making it very difficult on him.
Every QB needs good coaching and good weapons to have success.
With neither of those things on the Bears, the 2021 first-round pick is being wasted.
1.) Justin Fields was better. Not by a lot, but he looked better and a little more confident.
2.) His supporting cast let him down. Offensive line struggled, WRs/TEs (outside of Mooney) and his playcaller doomed him today.
— Matt Eurich (@MattEurich) October 2, 2022
The Bears are not a playoff team in 2022.
So the development of Fields should be the most important thing for them for the rest of the season.
Comparing 2021 QBs
Chicago traded up in the 2021 NFL draft to select Fields 11th overall.
In a draft that saw five quarterbacks picked in the first round, how does Fields stack up with his competition?
The best QB in the class after one year was Mac Jones, who happened to be the last QB taken in the first round.
Jones was the only QB to take his team to the playoffs, yet in 2022 the Patriots are struggling and he is hurt.
The best QB to start this year has been Trevor Lawrence.
During the pre-draft process, some people had Fields ranked higher than Lawrence.
But, Lawrence is showing this season that there is no comparison between the two.
The Jaguars gave Lawrence an offensive head coach in Doug Pederson.
That has seemingly made all the difference for the second-year QB.
While new Bears head coach Matt Eberflus is a defensive guy.
Meaning his connection with Fields will not be as strong since he will be focused on the defense.
With Lance going to miss the rest of the season and Wilson looking solid in his debut in Week 4.
Fair or not, Fields will be compared to the rest of the QBs in his draft class for the rest of his career.
If the Bears do not change their ways and give him more help, he will not be the franchise QB they are hoping for.