Pressure is on Chicago Bears starting quarterback Justin Fields.
There was no doubt that Fields, during the middle portion of the 2022 NFL season, showed that he has the tools to be a special quarterback in the NFL. The problem with that is the Bears did not see the progression from Fields as a passing quarterback that they may have been hoping for.
With Fields entering his third season in the NFL, second season under offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, there is no doubt that this will be a decisive season for the Bears’ quarterback.
Bears’ general manager Ryan Poles has pushed the chips to the middle of the table in regard to Fields.
Poles spent the off-season ensuring that Fields has support around him on offense. D.J. Moore will give Fields the first true No. 1 wide receiver that he has had in his time with the Bears and the offensive line has been stabilized on paper with the drafting of Darnell Wright in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft and the signing of veteran guard Nate Davis.
It is put up or shut up time for Fields.
Ideally, it would have been nice for Fields to ease into this season with a game against any other team instead of the Green Bay Packers.
Justin Fields is the clear storyline to follow for the Chicago Bears as the 2023 NFL season begins.
Instead, the Packers will line up across from Fields on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.
The Packers are in strange territory as for the first time in 30 years, they are entering the season with uncertainty at the quarterback position. Jordan Love is now the signal caller for the Packers and that brings added pressure for Fields.
Regardless of the outcome of the games, Fields is going to be compared to Love. If the Bears lose but Fields shines and outplays Love, then that will be an encouraging sign moving forward. If the Bears lose and Fields looks like the quarterback that we saw during the first four games of the 2022 season, it may be a long season for the team.