This is it, Chicago Bears fans. This is the vision. This is what we’ve been waiting for.
Ever since the beginning of 2019, Bears fans have suffered through an odyssey of bad football. Yes, we made the playoffs in 2020, but we weren’t a good football team; we were a .500 team that stumbled into the playoffs and was quickly shown the door.
The point remains that it’s been a long time since the Chicago Bears inspired hope for the future through good football on Sundays. That is why it is both relieving and thrilling that December 10th, 2023, may well be looked back on as the day that the Monsters of the Midway finally returned.
Those who have been optimistic despite their hopes being crushed nearly every week finally have evidence that their optimism was not in vain. The takeaways from the 28-13 beatdown of the Detroit Lions are the most positive takeaways all year, and rightfully so.
The Chicago Bears finally woke from hibernation to provide these five big takeaways after their 28-13 shellacking of the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
1. Justin Fields is the guy.
I know I’m setting myself up a little here as the season is not over, but I can only go off what I’ve seen. For a while, it was easy to dismiss Justin Fields’ significant improvement following Week 3 as it was a small sample size. This is no longer the case.
For most of this season, Justin Fields has been playing like a franchise quarterback. Full stop. End of story.
He is the franchise quarterback we’ve been waiting for.
Are there still plays that give Bears fans fits? Sure. But if the trade-off for Justin Fields taking bad sacks and holding the ball too long is the generational ability and talent that he displays far more often than not through elite throws and runs, then I’m here for it.
No quarterback is perfect. If you’re expecting Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, or Peyton Manning, then I believe your expectations are far too unrealistic. Now that his defense is playing complimentary football, we’re seeing that Justin Fields can do what we all want: Win.
The simple fact is that Justin Fields is outplaying other quarterbacks who are deemed to be franchise guys, so why aren’t we considering him one? Justin Fields has outperformed guys like Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence, and nobody is calling for their departure.
Toss everything we’ve seen before this season out the door. This is the first season where Justin Fields was given enough weapons to shine. Can you imagine what he might do with Marvin Harrison Jr. and Brock Bowers? With an even more improved defense?
It’s okay to be excited, Bears Nation. Justin Fields will undoubtedly have bad games in the future, but I believe we’re just scratching the surface of what he’s capable of, and that’s a beautiful thing.