The main conversations surrounding the Chicago Bears right now have nothing to do with what's taking place on the field. Everyone is debating what direction Ryan Poles (assuming he's still here) should go in should the Bears finish with the first-overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. The chances of them nabbing that pick is 95.5% according to SportsLine data scientist Steven Oh. In fact, I believe if the Panthers lose this week then it will be a lock that Chicago (via the Panthers) will finish with the first overall pick.
This is why almost every player on the team, Justin Fields himself, and even the coaches have been asked about the future of Justin Fields. The question is getting old and the media should just wait until the end of the season since we all know that a decision isn't going to be made before the 2023 regular season comes to an end.
Not to mention, the responses they keep receiving from teammates and most opponents around the league only have positive things to say about Fields. Montez Sweat was the most recent player to talk about Justin Fields. He was asked about him in the locker room today and honestly, although I'm tired of the question, his response might be the most interesting. Sweat started the season with Washington and even played against Fields toward the beginning of the season. Now, the two are teammates. He's seen both sides of Fields and had this to say about him.
"Justin (Fields) is a guy you do not want to go against. But I really like the way he handles his business. He comes in here, he is the first one out on the field, sometimes the last one to leave out the building. He is a hard worker, puts his head down, does not really listen to the outside noise. And yeah, he is pretty [expletive] talented, too. So, yeah, I love playing with him.""- Montez Sweat, Bears DE
Again, these answers are quite meaningless. Ryan Poles has to consider how the locker room responds, but moves like this happen in the NFL on a yearly basis and should Poles move on from Fields, all it takes is the new quarterback to win a few games before the players are sold. Winning cures everything. That said, it's nice to see another teammate, and even a former opponent, speak up regarding Fields and talk about how talented he is. If it doesn't help him stay in Chicago, it should at least drive his trade value up should Poles move on from Fields and draft a QB first overall.
We recently took a look at what an offseason might look like if Poles decides to keep some continuity by retaining both Justin Fields and Matt Eberflus. This even includes a two-round mock draft that if ever happened would be quite amazing.
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