3 Reasons Why Justin Fields Did Not Work Out for the Bears

The Chicago Bears are moving on from the quarterback as he was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal
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The Justin Fields era is over. The Chicago Bears traded the 2021 first-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a conditional 2025 Day Three pick.

So much for the Bears getting a second-round pick back for Fields. The free agent market worked against the Bears as teams chose to go with just giving up money to address their starting quarterback issues.

In Pittsburgh, Fields will get to learn behind a player he has modeled his game after. If Russ continues the decline he has been on, it is just a matter of time before Justin is back on the field.

Before Caleb Williams takes over, it is worth going over why Fields, with all his talent and dynamic playmaking ability, failed to finally be the team's franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman retired in 1950.

3) He was still inconsistent as a pocket-passer

Justin could do amazing things with his legs. The 2022 campaign was a special season with Fields running all over the place. The finished 3-14 but you still tuned in to see what Fields would do next.

The problem was defenses finally figured out how to contain him. As long as defenders did not turn their back on him, big gains could be limited. That meant Fields had to play from the pocket.

That is where his game needed a lot of work, and he could never develop a consistent game in that area. Part of the issue was he was hesitant to rip the ball when a receiver had an ounce of daylight. He needed to see his wide receiver wide open before delivering the ball. That may work in college, but not in the NFL.

Too many times that led to missing out on big plays. It was reasonable to question whether he was properly seeing the field. He got better at reading defenses and understanding his protections. Not throwing with anticipation is what doomed him.

Fields also held onto the ball too long. That resulted in taking unnecessary sacks which is another reason he must take some blame for his tenure failing.

His passing numbers in the fourth quarter were not great either. The Justin Fields truthers always blamed everything else (we will get to that in a bit), but this is the area where Justin has to take responsibility for things not working out.