Things have not gotten any easier for Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields.
Now in his third season, it is essentially put up or shut up time for Fields, who struggled mightily in his first two years in the NFL after being selected with the 11th overall pick of the draft in 2021.
This past weekend, Fields went 16-for-29 with 211 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, one of which resulted in a devastating pick-six in a 27-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On the season overall, Fields has totaled 427 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions while completing 60.6 percent of his throws and posting a passer rating of 70.7.
Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky has certainly not liked what he has seen from Fields thus far, and he had some brutal criticism for Fields on the Pat McAfee Show this week, saying that the signal-caller either can’t read defenses or has no trust in what he is seeing.
One of the primary reasons why many quarterbacks fail in the NFL is due to their lack of field vision, and typically, that it not something that is easily learned.
The Bears have gone just 5-22 in Fields’ starts since he entered the league in 2021. In Fields’ defense, that record is also indicative of how poor Chicago’s roster has been as a whole, but generally, the quarterback will always take the brunt of the blame.
Fields didn’t help his case earlier this week when he pointed his finger at the coaching staff for his subpar play thus far this season.
The 24-year-old played in 12 games and made 10 starts during his rookie campaign, throwing seven touchdowns and 10 picks. The following year, Fields showed some progression, finishing with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 15 starts. He also displayed superb athleticism, racking up 1,143 yards on the ground.
However, Justin Fields has not impressed as a passer or as a rusher in 2023.
The Bears will aim to pick up their first win of the season when they host the Denver Broncos on Sunday.