4 things the Chicago Bears need to see from Luke Getsy’s offense
By Joseph Herff
Justin Fields takes a major leap in his development
This is the most important thing in all of 2022. Even if the Bears win two games, if Justin Fields shows progression and improvement, that is all that matters. We saw a ton of flashes in 2021 from Fields making plays that made fans jaws drop, but then we also saw tons of ugly plays in which Fields tried to do too much. 2022 for the Bears offense needs to show Fields is trending in the right direction.
What does this leap mean though? For starters, the Bears need to start scoring more and Fields could have a major part in that. In 2021, the Bears averaged a measly 18.3 points per game (30th in the NFL). That needs to jump to start and it should if Fields takes that next step.
The next step though involves Fields improving in decision-making, comfortability in the pocket, and overall scanning of the field. For most of 2021, he didn’t have much time in the pocket and his offensive coaches sure didn’t help, but he still needs to show that those issues last year were coaching-related, not player-related. In this new scheme, Fields should put up improved numbers and should look like the quarterback Pace traded up to get.
From a numbers perspective, this should look similar to Josh Allen’s jump from 2018 to 2019. He didn’t immediately become a star, but he cut the interception rate down while improving the completion percentage, touchdown percentage, and overall quarterback rating. Allen then took another jump from year two to year three which showed him becoming a star. Fields can realistically work on this timeline and if Getsy gets him to do this improvement, the Bears will be absolutely set for the future.