Ryan Poles Makes Stunning Comments About Justin Fields Returning to Bears

The Bears have a tough decision to make this offseason -- keep Justin Fields or draft a QB with the No. 1 overall pick.
Dec 24, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) in action
Dec 24, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) in action / Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears are in a unique position for the second straight year as they’ll have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Throughout the regular season, there has been a ton of talk about what the Bears should do if they obtain the top pick

Should they keep it and draft Caleb Williams, who is the consensus top quarterback in this year’s class? Or should the Bears move down to acquire more draft capital and build around young quarterback Justin Fields?

If you are Bears GM Ryan Poles, this is a great position to be in as you hold the keys to how the draft unloads, and you have a quarterback who has shown improvement this season.

On Wednesday, Poles was asked about Justin Fields’ future with the team and provided an interesting answer, which could give us some insight into what might happen this offseason.

Bears News: Ryan Poles Speaks on Justin Fields' Future

The Bears general manager said, “We’re in the information gathering mode right now,” per Kaitlin Sharkey of WGN Sports. “Justin got better, he can lead this team, at the same time there’s a unique situation, and we have to look at everything.”

It’s not shocking to see Poles take this stance, as it’s best for him to not tip his hand with the NFL draft still months away. He’s right, as they have to look at everything because they could get a ton of value again for the No. 1 overall.

But at the same time, it’s not often an organization lands the first pick in back-to-back years.

Fields showed tremendous leadership this season and made plays in the second half that got the fanbase’s attention and support. 

The third-year quarterback completed 61.4% of his passes for 2,562 yards, 16 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Fields was also a weapon in the running game, posting 657 yards and four touchdowns. 

There’s a possibility that the Bears keep Fields, especially since they kept Matt Eberflus as head coach. However, Chicago is looking for a new offensive coordinator after firing Luke Getsy, and that new OC may be more interested in starting fresh with a rookie than trying to teach Justin Fields another new offense.

Regardless of what the Bears do, it will be an interesting offseason in the Windy City.

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