The biggest issues with the Chicago Bears right now
The Chicago Bears offensive line is bad, very bad
Through the first five games, Justin Fields was sacked 18 times. Then, in the Week 6 Thursday Night match-up versus the Washington Commanders, Fields was sacked an additional five times. In 2022, Fields has been pressured on 44.6% of his drop-backs, per Next Gen Stats, which puts him as the second most pressured quarterback in the NFL. This is unacceptable.
Every aspect of football, good or bad, starts up front on the line of scrimmage. It’s common football knowledge. For years now, our beloved Chicago Bears have been plagued with less-than-adequate offensive lines. Of course, some years have been better than others, but as a whole, they’ve been lackluster.
Clearly, this is especially true this season. As a fan, it’s been extremely troubling to see that GM Ryan Poles thought the current offensive linemen at the team’s disposal were sufficient enough to keep Fields safe. Thank goodness for Fields’ scrambling ability. He gets banged up so much as is, but at this rate, we’d be out of a starting quarterback if we had a typical pocket passer.
Free agency closes on November 15th. To me, it is vital for the growth of both the Bears organization and Justin Fields to pursue experienced (and more talented) offensive linemen. Because, as previously stated, if the Bears want to succeed, it starts with the big guys up front.