Chicago Bears fans are delusional.
NFL training camp is here and now is the period of time where each fanbase has optimism heading into the regular season and there are true reasons for Bears fans to be excited.
The Bears’ defense is completely revamped and does have real potential to be a Top 10 unit in the NFL. The addition of Yannick Ngakoue adds the much-needed pass-rush element that the team had been lacking.
On paper, there is also reason to be optimistic for improvement from the team’s offense as well. Wide receiver D.J. Moore is entering his prime as a true No.1 wide receiver and that should make life easier for quarterback Justin Fields.
That is where the expectations from Bears fans begin to get unrealistic.
Over the course of the past week, the Justin Fields as the next NFL MVP movement has gone off the rails to the point where fans are getting upset with beat reporters whenever they report on the struggles of the Bears’ quarterback during training camp practices.
Bears fans had a similar expectation for Mitchell Trubisky after 2018 and the thud that was the opening game of the 2019 season highlighted how wrong they were.
That is not to say that Fields will have a similar fate.
Chicago Bears fans should caution their expectations for quarterback Justin Fields.
That is to point out that Fields has to first reach the surface level of being a consistent passing quarterback before he should be considered a legitimate candidate to win the MVP award. The flashy 60-yard runs from Fields last season certainly makes him an electric player but the flaws in his passing game last season are still present during practices this season at training camp.
Fields has not been stacking together stellar performances during training camp practices and by all accounts, is still struggling with getting the ball out on time. As was the case last season for Fields, at this point, the hype does not match the reality but the potential is there.
Instead of preparing for nothing less than an MVP season from Fields, let’s hope that we see Fields reach the 3,000 passing-yard mark on the season. Let’s hope that we see Fields routinely hit on his mechanics. Let’s hope that Fields reaches the surface level of an average passing quarterback in the NFL.