"The decisions have not been made and those are waiting until the end of the year when everything is finalized. Again, our focus is on Atlanta. We have got a big challenge this week against Atlanta. We will cross that bridge when we get to it after the season. We will look at all of those things as we do every single year. We will evaluate everything from A to Z within the program."- Matt Eberflus, Chicago Bears Head Coach
Is Matt Eberflus giving one of those political answers that many coaches give about the future of players? Or is he telling the truth? It's hard to tell as we've heard Eberflus not be completely truthful with us in the past, but something tells me that Ryan Poles and company still don't know. Not because they need to see more from Justin Fields. It's more to do with the fact that Justin Fields continues to improve, he shows flashes of elite quarterback play and uses his athleticism in ways not many other quarterbacks can ever do. However, he also keeps showing the same flaws in Year 3.
This also just goes to show that the team might be waiting to confirm they finish with the first-overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Their chances seem great as the Chicago Bears hold the Panthers' first-round pick and the Panthers are more than 90% likely to finish with the worst record. Poles could find himself in a unique situation again, but the quarterback evaluation process will really get hot and heavy once the season is over. It isn't a decision they need to rush and will likely take months — just as it did in 2023.