Bears QB Justin Fields Comes Up Just Shy Of This Huge NFL Record

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Outside of Justin Fields, the Chicago Bears haven’t had much to get excited about during the 2022 season. They are currently riding a nine-game losing streak and are well on their way to a likely top-two pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

When Ryan Poles took over the front office from Ryan Pace and hired Matt Eberflus to be the team’s next head coach, replacing Matt Nagy, they knew how tall of a task they were undertaking. The Bears had one of the worst rosters in the league that would take more than one offseason to overhaul. 

That process began with multiple veterans in Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith all being traded. But, Fields is the one player that Poles and Eberflus inherited that looks like the real deal.

Fields has some work to do when it comes to the passing game, but he has made strides throughout the season. Improving the talent around him, as the Bears’ offensive line is a mess and they have arguably the weakest wide receiver group in the NFL, would go a long way to helping him.

We have seen plenty of young quarterbacks take that next step in their development when the wide receiver group improves. Ask Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa how much having a legitimate No. 1 receiver helped.

Until they can find that, the Bears can take solace in the fact that this offense can move the ball with a dominant run game. Fields is at the heart of that attack as well, as he has 1,143 rushing yards on the season. 

That puts him only 63 yards short of the single-season rushing record that was set by Lamar Jackson in 2019. Unfortunately for Justin Fields, he won’t have the chance to break that record as he will miss Week 18 because of a hip injury.

That is certainly a tough blow as the Bears would have likely done everything they could to get him the record. It would have been a nice cap on what has otherwise been a difficult season in the Windy City. Alas, brighter days look to be on the horizon.

Justin Fields looks the part of a franchise quarterback, already possessing elite skill with his rushing ability and athleticism. If the passing game continues to develop, this Bears offense could be a tough one to stop in 2023.