Chicago Bears: Justin Fields’ case getting boost from rookie QBs
By Ryan Heckman
Based on Mac Jones’ play, the Chicago Bears should start Justin Fields
Through two games, Mac Jones has been mediocre. His biggest criticism is that he’s continued to throw for a short gain after a short gain. Jones told the media that he’s simply taking what the defense is giving him and that he isn’t necessarily avoiding the deep passes.
While Jones’ comments make sense, there is something to be said about taking shots downfield. Funny enough, that’s the part of Week 2’s game that stood out for Fields. He took shots downfield, although two of them were dropped by Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney.
Fields has an arm. He can chuck it deep, which is something that’s been missing from the Bears’ offense for a while now. After seeing Mitchell Trubisky fail to throw accurately downfield for quite some time, it’s a breath of fresh air to have a guy like Fields who can do it and do it well.
Like Jones, Fields will take what the defense gives him. However, he’ll do it in a different way. If there’s nothing there, Fields will take off and make a play with his legs. If under pressure, Dalton will simply throw it away — as he did on the Bears’ first drive against Cincinnati.
Jones has been fine. He has completed almost 74 percent of his passes and hasn’t turned it over, but the Bears have a guy who can do even more than just play it safe. The Patriots will continue to roll with Jones, which says a lot about Bill Belichick. Matt Nagy can’t even make the right call to roll with his most talented quarterback.