The Chicago Bears were once again blown out on a national stage on Sunday night as the Los Angeles Chargers had the game over by half-time last night.
For all the praise that rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent drew for earning the victory in his first career start last week, Sunday night showed the true ceiling that Bagent likely has in the NFL. That is if you weren’t paying attention to the NBC broadcast of the game featuring Mike Tirico and Chris Collinsworth.
From the second that Collinsworth appeared on the television screen, it was clear that he was operating with an agenda. The agenda is the Bears’ getting the message out on why Justin Fields is not their long-term answer at the quarterback position.
The Chicago Bears had an agenda for their game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday and it had nothing to do with who was on the field.
It was clear that the Bears wanted the message out of what Bagent does right and why that is a problem moving forward with Fields. Whether it was praising Bagent’s quick release, on-time throws, ability to step up in the pocket and process his reads, it was clear that the Bears wanted the messaging out there of how far Fields is from the team thinking he is the answer at the quarterback position. Collinsworth even went as far as to say that the Bears want Fields to watch Bagent and understand that this is the type of offense they want him to run.
To recap, the Bears scored only 13 points on Sunday night while Bagent had 2 interceptions and 1 fumble.
While Fields’ stats this season are largely due to his performances against the Denver Broncos and Washington Commanders, let’s not forget that Fields was on pace to surpass 35 total touchdowns and 4,000 passing yards prior to his injury this season.
If there was any doubt prior to Sunday that the Bears’ front office was out on Fields, Collinsworth’s commentary provided that confirmation.