When the Chicago Bears traded as much as draft Justin Fields with the eleventh total decide two years in the past, followers within the Windy Metropolis have been ecstatic, believing that their savior had arrived. All of the group wanted to do now was mentor him up, give him some safety and weapons, and let him fly. With lower than a month till the beginning of Fields’ second season, the Bears have completed none of that, opting to proceed constructing their protection — whereas on the identical time, neglecting the wants of their younger stars on that facet as effectively — and shoving their franchise quarterback to the facet.
“Hey, did you construct my receiving corps?” asks Justin Fields.
“We let Allen Robinson go, and we received you N’Keal Harry, Bryon Pringle, and Equanimeous St. Brown. Oh, we additionally drafted a receiver within the third spherical. You’re welcome.” replies the Bears’ entrance workplace.
“What about my offensive line?” ponders Fields.
“We used a fifth-rounder, two sixths, and a seventh on some depth items. The place’s our thanks?” exclaims the entrance workplace.
Wow, guys! You really did a bang-up job surrounding Fields with help, and you are actively attempting to buy second-year sort out Teven Jenkins as effectively, regardless of him being arguably your finest run blocker from a yr in the past? I do know you may have Riley Reiff now, however critically, he’s not even price contemplating maintaining round after you used a second-round decide on him? He’s that hopeless? Unimaginable. Your entrance workplace deserves the slowest of claps, the firmest of handshakes, and the fakest of smiles.
All the points followers thought the Bears would have this season have been on full show of their second preseason recreation towards the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks entrance seven is just not a dominant pass-rushing unit. The truth is, arguably their finest move rusher, Shelby Harris, didn’t play in any respect in Justin Fields’ lone drive. In all equity, a couple of of the Bears’ beginning offensive linemen didn’t play both. Neither beginning middle Lucas Patrick nor beginning proper guard Michael Schofield III have been on the road for that drive, however the line nonetheless consisted of rookie fifth-round sort out Braxton Jones, who wanted assist from Khalil Herbert or a decent finish with a purpose to deal with his task on most performs I watched; beginning left guard Cody Whitehair; backup middle Sam Mustipher; Teven Jenkins at proper guard; and backup left sort out Larry Borom at proper sort out. That’s three of your 5 starters, plus Jenkins, towards Quinton Jefferson, Al Woods, Poona Ford, and Darrell Taylor. That shouldn’t be as one-sided because it was, but the Seahawks protection was capable of get strain on, by my depend, three of eight move performs (37.5 %).
To place that in perspective, the Buffalo Payments received pressure on opposing quarterbacks on 30.8 percent of pass plays final yr, the very best charge within the NFL. Essentially the most pressured quarterback (percentage-wise) was the Jets’ Zach Wilson, who confronted strain on 30.6 % of his dropbacks. I do know it’s a small pattern measurement, however it’s nonetheless not a great look towards a weak, not even full drive, Seattle move rush.
Even worse, of the 5 performs the place Fields wasn’t pressured, two have been play-action rollouts to Fields’ weak facet (aka performs designed to offer the quarterback room to throw utilizing misdirection) and two have been designed catch-and-release throws to Mooney on a display screen and Herbert within the flat, the place the protection didn’t have time to create strain. That leaves one play, the very first move play of the evening for Fields, a decent finish display screen to Cole Kmet, as the one play the place Fields was not hurried or pressured with out scheming to keep away from the move rush.
Opposite to their personnel choices in recent times, I’d wish to assume the Bears need to maintain Fields round for a number of years. But, at this charge, I wouldn’t be shocked if Fields will get the Joe Burrow therapy. I perceive that could be a compelling actuality given Cincinnati’s success final yr, however belief me, the Bengals’ technique of opting to not defend Burrow and praying he doesn’t get harm once more, normally doesn’t play out in addition to it did, and wouldn’t you already know it, they opted to spend this whole offseason constructing a brand new offensive line to ensure Burrow stays standing this yr.
At the very least with the Bengals, they gave Burrow a fantastic vast receiver in Ja’Marr Chase. The Bears gave Fields… Velus Jones. Each alternative the Bears have needed to set Fields up for fulfillment, they’ve fallen flat on their face. This isn’t a great group. This gained’t be a great offense, and it’s a disgrace, as a result of regardless of dealing with fixed strain, Fields didn’t look unhealthy towards Seattle. He deserves higher.