Matt Eberflus seems pretty pleased with what he’s seeing from second-year quarterback Justin Fields, thank you very much.
The Chicago Bears head coach appeared on the April 13 episode of The Cris Collinsworth Podcast, and he had some encouraging remarks about the second-year signal caller.
Realizing that quarterbacks typically take a decent-sized leap in Year 2, Collinsworth asked Eberflus where he thinks Fields stands now, and the Bears coach says the team’s new offense, will designed by freshman offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, will help the 23-year-old QB improve his game in many areas.
While some analysts, such as Sports Illustrated’s Conor Orr and Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, have cast doubt on whether Fields belongs or is wanted in Chicago, Eberflus has taken the opposite route. again.
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Getsy’s offense will help his decision-making fields, says Eberflus
“I think he’s in a great position,” Eberflus told Collinsworth of Fields. “He is meeting with the offensive team staff and he feels very comfortable in this offense. This is a rhythm and timing offense. It’s based on West Coast offense, and I think it’s going to be very friendly for him, and it’s been a friendly quarterback to a lot of guys in the past. “
Fields had some difficulty adjusting to pro play as a rookie last season, which can be expected. He was sacked 36 times in the 12 games he appeared in; The only game he didn’t get fired was Week 1, in which he didn’t start and only threw two passes.
While many of those errors were due to lackluster attack, some of them were also the fault of Fields, who sometimes kept the ball too long. Eberflus says Getsy’s offense helps with that.
“The rhythm and timing of the game will really help him understand when to get off the ball, what his strides are… are they zero – whatever may happen – for him. going to have a clear understanding of what that’s an offense,” Eberflus said, adding: “He’s really doing a great job of taking that and helping teach it to other players, so we’re here. I’m glad where he is. ”
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Eberflus on Fields: ‘This is his football team’
Perhaps the most solid statement Eberflus made about Fields was acknowledging the young QB’s ownership of the team.
“He was very excited to start,” Eberflus told Collinsworth. “This is his team, and he’s happy to be with you and you can feel it.”
The field has 27 design runs called for him last year, gaining 53 yards on it, according to PFF. He also scrambled 45 times, hitting 367 yards, and it was encouraging to hear Eberflus say the team’s new offense will be designed to help his QB, who has shown promise as a coach. way is a whole runner:
And as a passerby:
It was also good to hear Fields’ bell of approval amid all the rumours and noise. Now, QB only has to show some improvement on the pitch.
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