The Chicago Bears made a big move up in the 2021 NFL Draft to select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. This offseason, the franchise was in for more major changes, as general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy were both relieved of their duties.
In their place, Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus were hired. Poles has his work cut out for him in getting the salary cap in check and infusing talent onto the roster. But, a teardown was needed first as there are a lot of veterans that left Chicago this offseason.
This isn’t a roster that is ready to contend for much in 2022 as Poles and Eberflus have to get all their schemes in place and then find the players that fit the mold of what they are looking for. That will take some time, putting Fields in a tough spot.
The former Buckeye has arguably the weakest group of wide receivers to throw the ball to in the NFL. Darnell Mooney is his No. 1 option, followed by free-agent signings Byron Pringle and Equanimeous St. Brown. They didn’t select a wide receiver until the third round, taking a raw prospect in Velus Jones out of Tennessee.
It has led a lot of people to question the team’s approach, as they aren’t doing anything to help Fields’ development this season. But, the organization is committed to him. When recently talking to ESPN, Poles said, “We’re all in on Justin. We’re going to set him up to succeed.”
That certainly doesn’t seem like the case right now, as Fields will be playing behind a shotty Bears’ offensive line with very few weapons at his disposal. But, the new regime knew this would take some time so they tore it down and started building it back up in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Fields likely saw the work that other franchises did that selected quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft, such as the New York Jets with Zach Wilson and New England Patriots with Mac Jones. He has to hope his time to benefit from aggressive offseason moves and a revamped roster is coming soon, otherwise, he is being set up to fail by the franchise.