Justin Fields made his NFL debut when the Chicago Bears arrived at FirstEnergy Stadium for Week 3 of the 2021 season at the Cleveland Browns.
What followed was one of the worst hits in the NFL in recent memory. No, really. The Bears averaged 1.1 yards per play in their 26-6 loss to the Browns, the second-least loss of any team this century, per CBS.
Chicago’s 47-yard foul was also the team’s worst offensive record in 40 years, according to USA Today.
Fields was fired nine times at a loss, and he had to race for his life all afternoon. The Browns had 21 close runs and 15 QBs, and they lived behind the scenes, surrendering just 1.1 yards per charge while scoring eight winning tackles. Myles Garrett has a franchise record of 4.5 volleys for Cleveland, while Fields has 68 yards of passes for 6 of 20 attempts and 12 dashes.
According to the coach who has worked with Fields for more than a decade, the Bears’ specific plan for that game – or ultimately their lack of one – frustrated the rookie quarterbacks.
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During an appearance on the Parkins & Spiegel Show on April 1, Ron Veal, a QB coach who has worked with Fields since the 23-year-old midfielder was in sixth grade, made some revealing remarks about the start. Fields’ first in Cleveland.
“I’m glad I didn’t (to the Browns game) because he was beaten that day,” Veal said. “But, yes, at the same time it’s a bit crazy and weird. Why did you leave those two (attacking balls) unaided? “
The Bears – particularly former head coach Matt Nagy and former offensive coordinator Bill Lazor – have been criticized for their game plan for Fields, which featured tons of five-man defense with a poor front line against a Cleveland d-line is extremely difficult. Fields, who is known for his moves, didn’t see a play-action pass or a designed demo called until the third quarter of that game.
Now, months later, we’re learning how Nagy’s inability to tailor offense to Fields’ strengths – especially for the Browns game – bothered rookie QB at the time.
“I know he’s a bit upset about it, but I didn’t get an explanation, and I really didn’t ask because I knew he was in a situation where he was really angry about it.”
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New Bears OC Luke Getsy wants to build crime around fields
Fields completed its rookie campaign with a completion rate of just under 59%, 1,870 yard throws, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 12 games and 10 starts. He also has 420 yards of dash and two points. Nagy and his coaching staff were dismissed at the end of the season, which could prove exactly what Fields needs to take next.
According to PFF, Fields only had 27 designed runs and 353 backs last year – not ideal numbers for a mobile and precise player like him.
New Bears head coach Matt Eberflus and his offensive coordinator, Luke Getsy, have stated that they are committed to designing an offensive style that builds on Fields’ strengths.
“We’re going to build this around this quarterback,” Getsy said in February at its introductory press conference. “We want this to be ours,” Getsy added of the Bears’ new offense. “This will not be someone else’s or someone else’s imitation. This will be ours. We all have our experiences and we’re going to put them together and we’re going to build this thing together. “
It must be music to Fields’ ears.
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