Justin Fields is ‘ready to lead’ the Chicago Bears offense in 2022

Dakota Zientek
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New year, new Justin Fields and new Chicago Bears offense

Once Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy departed from Chicago, and the Chicago Bears specifically, an invisible weight seemed to have been lifted from the Bears.

While Justin Fields was the alleged knight in shining armor for their jobs, he did quite the opposite. And it wasn’t really him that lost their jobs, either. Most of the recent detriments to either Justin Fields or the Chicago Bears were due to Ryan Pace and/or Matt Nagy in a direct way.

Given what Justin Fields had around him, the flashes he had were impressive, to say the least.

Sure, the same could be said about the positives Pace and Nagy brought to the Bears, but the negatives often outweigh the few wins. Not just literal wins, though those were also hard to come by, but wins in terms of great trade acquisitions at a good price, not overpaying free agents an arm and a leg to be a bridge quarterback, and/or leading the team successfully.

With the 2022-23 season comes a Justin Fields with a full off-season practicing with the starters— not the third-string or special teams players— with a general manager and a head coach that seems to have a better plan than the previous regime.

Along with that comes a new bode of confidence for a young quarterback that has successfully played football at a high level. Even in the enigma that was last season, Justin Fields showed promise. A lot of promise.

One of the most promising quotes Fields had in his press conference was about him expressing what he learned from the ups and downs of last season.

"“If stuff doesn’t go your way, fail ’til you get your way to the top. No matter how many times I fail, I’m going to keep going until I eventually succeed,” Justin Fields said."

Sure, there were areas to improve in Fields’ game— as most quarterbacks have at the end of their rookie season— but with Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears, they’re not slamming a square peg into a circular hole anymore. Pace and Nagy were clearly not it (The square peg), and it’s not entirely sure what Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus are, but they could be what it takes to bring this team to a Super Bowl (The circular hole).

Everything said thus far by Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus has been more positive than negative. That could be due to an optimistic mind, but it’s the overarching aura thus far from the “new regime”.

Even if this were the only thing that’s changed from last season to this season, that’s a major change. It was relatively clear that Fields and Nagy didn’t often see eye-to-eye, which was the relationship most Bears fans had with Nagy. The likelihood of those two being able to command an offense and team wasn’t the most likely.

Now, with fewer negative distractions surrounding the Bears, Justin Fields has more room to breathe in an offense that should be more tailored to him and less tailored to Andy Dalton.

With one reason out the way, what’s next?

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