This season was supposed to have started on a much different note. The Chicago Bears were gearing up for a 2023 campaign behind a lot of offseason hype.
This is Year 3 for Justin Fields. The third-year breakout was supposed to be in full effect, right away. He was even one of the more popular MVP bets at one point during the offseason.
Yet, here they are at 0-2 and Fields is looking as though he took a step back after somewhat of a late breakout last season.
if we're being honest, there's a lot of blame to go around. But, these four moves by Ryan Poles have loomed large.
1. Signing Nate Davis
Poles signed former Tennessee Titans guard Nate Davis to come in and solidify one of the starting positions up front. Davis finished the 2022 season performing fairly strong in both pass blocking and run blocking, so Bears fans were excited about this move, initially.
But, over the offseason, Davis hardly practiced and through two games, he has not been good. In fact, he's been one of the worst pass blocking guards in football in that short sample size. For example, Pro Football Focus has given him a grade of 26.8 in that department through Week 2.
Poles had a ton of cap room to work with during free agency and draft capital he could have spent up front, too. But, he chose Davis.