The rest of the season for the Chicago Bears will be about quarterback Justin Fields.
He has five more games to prove he is the answer to the franchise’s seven-decade-long problem at quarterback.
Chicago Sun-Times beat reporter Mark Potash put together a list of what Fields must accomplish over his prove-it tour that started two weeks ago against the Detroit Lions.
Potash forgot to add protect the football so that makes 11 things Fields must prove for the rest of the season.
Against the Lions, he regained his legs. He led the Chicago Bears to a comeback victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings might be a playoff team. So, he checked off three boxes there.
He also fumbled twice in the fourth quarter against Minnesota which led to Fields having to rally the team back in the first place. Fields has also been inconsistent in the other criteria.
That means we still do not have a clear idea of Justin Fields being the franchise quarterback.
Time is running out.
General manager Ryan Poles faces a tough decision in the offseason on Fields for two reasons. The first reason is he must decide on picking up Justin’s fifth-year option. The second is the team owns the rights to the Carolina Panthers first-round pick and as of now, it is slated to be the No. 1 overall pick.
That gives Poles the chance to draft a potential generational talent in USC quarterback Caleb Williams or a stud passer in North Carolina’s Drake Maye. Also, this is a quarterback draft class that has the chance to produce a couple more franchise QBs. More importantly, it gives the Poles to draft his guy at quarterback.
We know at least half the fanbase is out on Justin Fields because of his glaring flaws. We also know half the fanbase is on Fields because of his immense potential and dynamic playmaking ability.
The only opinion that matters is Ryan Poles. Well, team president Kevin Warren might also have a say.
It is going to be a choice that will define his legacy with the Chicago Bears.
Five factors could make things easier for him.