Patrick’s weekly recreation previews are changing into a deal with for me. Not simply because it takes one thing off my plate each Friday. But each week, I see an perspective Patrick takes that I didn’t have a runway to take myself. This week, it got here in his dialogue level in highlighting Justin Fields as one of his Three Bears to look at.
Fields is off to a crummy get started … via any requirements. It’s dangerous. Even via conventional Bears quarterbacking requirements the place the bar is so low that it hasn’t been lifted since Sid Luckman laid it down upon his retirement in 1950. But let’s give it some point of view. Let’s extrapolate Fields’ numbers via 4 weeks throughout a complete 17-game season:
- 144/285 (50.75%), 2,002 passing yards, 8 TD, 17 INT, 58.7 ranking; 144 carries, 625 dashing yards, 4 TD.
It’s only one month. Four video games. That’s all. So, shall we chalk some of it to a small pattern in a brand new gadget with a number of misfit toys masquerading as blockers and pass-catchers. Nevertheless, that stat line is merely now not excellent. And there is no means round it.
And but, Bears Offensive Coordinator Luke Getsy had an oddball means of speaking via it. Here’s what Getsy needed to say, as transcribed via reporter Chris Emma:
“I don’t think he’s had a rough month. I think he’s gotten better each week. I think he’s grown tremendously. It’s not easy. We’re playing good football teams. It’s not easy to become the level of quarterback that he wants to become, and I know he can become. The important thing is that we stay focused, keep our eyes on that process and we make sure we get better each and every week. I believe we’re in that phase.”
On the only hand, Getsy’s phrases are strange. Who frames a quarterback’s efficiency in this fashion? Especially when the attention take a look at and the numbers would verify Fields is off to a coarse get started. What is there to realize? These press availabilities are an excellent spot to lend a hand bridge the distance and for coaches to position into phrases that others can comprehend to evaluate the location. But how is that rationalization useful in serving to us know the way he were given right here in the primary position? Or when he’ll get out of it to the opposite finish? I don’t need to examine Getsy to Matt Nagy this early in his tenure as lead play-caller. But my struggles to wrap my thoughts round his phrases take me to a dismal position.
But however, I guess there is an issue to be made for Getsy’s phrases being low-key sensible. Fields is dressed in it at the box with the entire sacks and hits he is taking. So, I believe listening to out of your trainer that the sky isn’t falling has to return with some sense of aid. Often, sure reinforcement is usually a extra treasured educating device than the continuing berating of some extent when issues aren’t going swimmingly. Perhaps this is Getsy’s means of publicly telling Fields I were given your again! with out explicitly the use of the ones phrases. And, good day, possibly it really works out in the top? Bonus issues for creativity, I guess.
I think as though the underlying message in Getsy’s press convention has much less to do about the place Fields is at the moment and as an alternative has extra to do with build up the quarterback one step at a time. There is an terrible lot of agree with going right into a procedure with a second-year quarterback and first-time play-caller. But enlargement is hardly linear, so shall we nonetheless be in for some tough weeks forward. However, if a couple of tough months will pay off in extra important strides down the stretch, then the juice may well be well worth the squeeze.
You can watch Getsy’s complete press convention underneath: