For Chicago Bears fans who were hoping to see a breakout season for quarterback Justin Fields, it was a slow burn to start the 2023-2024 NFL regular season.
Fields struggled through the first three games of the Bears’ season and it seemed like a near certainty that the team would be eyeing USC’s Caleb Williams with the first overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft.
While two games may not permanently discard that idea, Fields appears to be breaking out as a passing quarterback.
The offensive scheme that the Bears utilized against the Denver Broncos this past Sunday and the Washington Commanders last night is the scheme that fans were expecting to see at the start of the season. The idea of getting Fields on the edge and allowing him a better look downfield to determine whether he can hit his first or second read or take off in the event that he does not get the matchup that he is looking for.
It has been an encouraging sign and a reminder that Fields could certainly still be the answer for the Bears at the quarterback position.
Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields appears to be breaking out after throwing 8 touchdown passes in his last two games.
In fact, after totaling eight touchdown passes over the course of his last two games, Fields is now tied with Kirk Cousins for the league lead. Fields has 11 passing touchdowns on the season and his 17-game projection would indicate the breakout that fans were expecting to see.
Those are Josh Allen-type numbers that Fields is on pace for.
Quarterback development is not linear and there certainly may be another hurdle or two in the way before Fields arrives at his final destination as a quarterback in the NFL but if the third-year quarterback continues the pace that he is on, there is no longer a debate regarding what the Bears should do at the position.