Five Chicago Bears who must step up vs the Lions in Week 4
By Pablo Rosero
Chicago Bears who must step up: Justin Fields
This one comes with the asterisk of if Andy Dalton is healthy enough to play or not. It seems that if Dalton is healthy he will be starting, according to head coach Matt Nagy.
If Justin Fields does end up starting, he will need to improve drastically. Part of the blame of the nine sack day by the Browns goes to Fields and part to the offensive line. According to Benjamin Allbright, Fields held the ball for over 4.5 seconds on 7 of the sacks by the Browns.
Most quarterbacks are expected to let go of the ball well under three seconds. There is a clear issue of holding the ball too long that Fields must work on. Granted, Fields did play his first career game against a team that could likely play in the AFC Championship this season.
Fields has the talent to be great for the Bears, but he still has some NFL transitions to make. Mainly he needs to be able to cut the time he holds the ball while properly going through his progressions — a key red flag in his draft evaluation.
Fans should not be upset if Dalton is starting again, he will be their best win-now option at quarterback, but Fields is the future if he can develop properly and gets help on the front end.