1. A lackluster performance by Justin Fields raises serious questions.
The Bears started off well after the Bucs took a 3-0 lead. Justin Fields connected with wide receiver DJ Moore twice for long gains on the opening drive, matching his catch total from last week. Then Fields scored a touchdown on a bootleg rollout. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy came up with a great script and the Bears offense responded nicely.
Unfortunately, things went downhill after a promising start. Fields started to look timid and held on to the ball too long once again. Once again, people took to social media and roasted his deficiencies.
This happened when the Bears were trailing 10-7, but they were driving and had the ball at Tampa Bay 24 near the end of the first half. The next three plays were what got people up and arms over Fields:
1st and 10-Fields held onto the ball and sacked for a 3-yard loss.
2nd and 13-Fields incomplete pass to Khalil Herbert. It was a low throw.
3rd and 13-Fields holds onto the ball and sacked for a 7-yard loss.
The Bears were forced to settle for a 52-yard field goal.
What’s disturbing was the offensive line gave him decent protection, but he held onto the ball too long. And DJ Moore threw his hand up in the air to let him know he was open near the first down marker. And Roschon Johnson was wide open on the seam, which would have been a touchdown had Fields thrown the ball.
While I am still a huge Fields guy, what I saw Sunday was very concerning. And it had to be jarring for others who are big Fields supporters. Still, a touchdown pass he threw to Chase Claypool late in the ball game to bring the team to within a field goal is what many hope he will eventually figure out.
So why is he struggling so badly in his third year? This brings us to my next observation.