The Chicago Bears have one winning season since 2013, but have made the playoffs twice.
However, their postseason runs were short after being bounced in the Wild Card round on both instances.
They last won a playoff game in 2010 when Lovie Smith was still the head coach and Jay Cutler was their quarterback.
But then and now, the franchise has had a lingering problem in finding a franchise play-caller.
They haven’t had a solid option at the position since Jim McMahon in the 1980s.
In 2022, they will have Justin Fields as their undisputed starter, hoping that he will be the answer to their prayers.
While he did have a modest rookie season, the jury is still out regarding his ability to lift the Bears.
Yet as The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain shared, the former Ohio State standout can’t wait for the season to start.
Justin Fields on his eagerness for the season to start: “I'm the type of guy that would like to know I'm prepared. So, right now, I'm just being honest, we're not ready to play a game right now. And when that time comes, we will be ready. Right now, no, not ready to play a game.”
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) June 14, 2022
Fields said, “I’m the type of guy that would like to know I’m prepared. So, right now, I’m just being honest, we’re not ready to play a game right now. And when that time comes, we will be ready. Right now, no, not ready to play a game.”
Bears Still Have Time To Prepare
Fields is spot on because it will take a while before they return to game shape.
Players might maintain offseason workout programs, but that doesn’t train them for full contact training.
Yes, their mind might say that they are ready to play.
But physically, they are not prepared.
Luckily, training camp will help them get into peak form.
Once those days are done, there’s no excuse for Fields and the Bears to be not ready for the grind.