In just his second season as a pro, Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields took some big strides — literally.
The former first-round quarterback started to develop right before our eyes, doing things we have never seen a Bears quarterback do, and that was primarily with his legs. Fields ran for 1,143 yards in 2022, which was good for the second-best rushing season by a quarterback, ever, only behind Lamar Jackson’s record of 1,206.
If you ask anybody, the Bears have to go out and get Fields some help this spring. Even Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher understands the team’s next steps.
The former Bears All Pro and legend recently spoke on what he thinks the Bears will do this offseason when it comes to adding talent around Fields:
“I’m curious to see how he does with some protection and some good receivers, which I think they will go out and get next year with all the cap space that they have like you said earlier,” Urlacher told Marshall Harris of CBS Chicago.
Brian Urlacher is thinking what every other Chicago Bears fan is thinking about Justin Fields this offseason
Only finishing the season with just over 2,200 passing yards, Fields has to get some help as a passer. It’s not that he isn’t capable of being a pocket passer. Just look at his college tape. He’s got the arm, that’s for sure.
The problem lies directly in front and outside of Fields, literally. His protection up front was downright unacceptable in 2022, as he was hit early and often week-in and week-out. Fields learned that he had to run for his life. While that might lead to unhealthy tendencies, the hope is that Chicago goes out and finds some offensive line help this offseason in order to settle him down a bit.
In addition to offensive line help, the Bears have to get him some more weapons. Darnell Mooney and Chase Claypool are capable no. 2 type wideouts. But, neither one of them are an alpha. That’s what the Bears need to find.
If Chicago can go out and find themselves a true number one receiver, along with an upgraded offensive line, then Fields should take another big step in his third year. Just listen to the legend, Mr. Poles. Go get Fields the help he deserves.