The offensive line deserves blame for failing to protect Justin Fields
Look, the Bears took a chance on signing 39-year-old Jason Peters to help man the let tackle position. Peters said himself that he’s got a lot left in the tank. If that’s truly the case, he left what remainder he had in the tank… in the tank on Sunday.
Peters looked absolutely lost. Now, whether that’s totally on him or Nagy and his coaching staff is really something only they know within that locker room. But, there were multiple times where Peters looked inside to double-team pass rusher while leaving the outside rusher running free and clear, looking to take Fields’ head off.
That’s unacceptable, especially for a former All Pro. There should be no excuse for allowing a pass rusher to come free, straight at your quarterback, on multiple occasions. It doesn’t matter if he had a dislocated finger, either, because a finger doesn’t turn one’s head to the inside while Myles Garrett runs by on the other side.
Germain Ifedi also looked downright putrid on the right side. He was beat time and time again, and it didn’t matter who was coming at him. It could have been Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney, or any of the other Browns pass rushers. Ifedi was slow, overpowered and completely out of his element.
In total, the Bears’ offensive line was horrifically and historically bad. They allowed Fields to get hit every other drop back, on average. That’s a fact, per Pro Football Focus. Fields was hit on 15 of 30 drop backs on Sunday.
Paging Ryan Pace, who thought this offensive line was just fine going into the season.