This is not going to be your standard article as there is an important discussion that Chicago Bears fans need to have.
But, this is not even for Bears fans out there.
This is for myself and the Bears’ starting quarterback Justin Fields.
I was wrong.
In recent weeks, I was writing with a sense of finality concerning what the Bears were going to do at the quarterback position after the season. It was clear to me that Caleb Williams was going to be the starting quarterback of the Bears at the start of the 2024 season.
What hasn’t been clear to me in my entire existence as a Bears fan was quarterback development. Whether it was Rex Grossman, Kyle Orton, Jay Cutler, Mitch Trubisky, or Justin Fields; I’ve experienced what quarterback development should look like.
That is why, with a possibility of change for something else, I elect for change whenever speaking about the Bears’ quarterback position.
But, Sunday’s Bears’ victory over the Detroit Lions made me realize something. The Bears have their answer at the quarterback position and it is Justin Fields.
Fields is the most exciting player that the Bears have had on their roster since Devin Hester. That is not news to me as that was clear last season. But where I was wrong is I fell for the banana in the tailpipe. My inability to understand what quarterback development should look like blinded me to the progress that Fields has been making.
That progress was on full display on Sunday. Fields totaled 281 yards and 2 touchdowns while completing 19 of his 33 pass attempts. When Fields needed to make a big throw, he made the throw.
When the big pass play was not there, Fields made the play with his feet.
This is not only what quarterback development looks like, this is what it looks like when a quarterback is coming into his own as a franchise quarterback. I see that now.
There should only be one decision this off-season–who is the team that Bears’ general manager Ryan Poles will trade the 2024 first-round draft pick. I’d rather it be to a team that is drafting high enough to allow the Bears to take Marvin Harrison Jr. But what is clear is that the Bears do not need a quarterback. Not only do I realize that now but I embrace that fact.
If you were wrong like me, join me in the movement of owning up to the mistake and realizing that Justin Fields is the Chicago Bears’ quarterback moving forward.