Is Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields primed to be the next Joe Burrow?
It’s probably not fair to ask that question, considering what we saw from Burrow last year was far from normal.
Fields, however, has the physical talent to be a great quarterback in the NFL.
And more importantly, Fields possesses the same trait that makes Joe Burrow a potential Hall of Fame quarterback.
Burrow isn’t the most physically gifted quarterback in the NFL. Far from it. But he’s an incredible leader. Maybe the best since Tom Brady.
Fields, according to Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, has that same amazing ability to lead.
“That’s what’s so special about him,” said Getsy this week (via ChicagoBears.com). “Forget the athletic part. That guy, the way he attacks every single day and his approach and leads by example, doesn’t ask anybody to do anything he doesn’t expect of himself. That guy’s a natural born leader-type of guy, so we’re lucky to have a guy like that leading this thing.”
Fields showed some of that leadership on Saturday during an interview with NFL Network. Instead of talking about himself, the former Ohio State quarterback spent a significant portion of the interview talking about his teammate, wide receiver Darnell Mooney.
“Fields: “JUST HIS (Mooney) WORK ETHIC. WHAT HE PUTS IN, DAY IN AND DAY OUT. HE GETS IT ALL OUT. EVERY TIME HE GETS DONE WITH PRACTICE, HE’S ON THE JUGGS. AFTER MEETINGS, LATE AT NIGHT, HE’S ON THE JUGGS. HIS WORK ETHIC IS UNMATCHED. HE’S AWESOME. AN AWESOME LEADER AND AN EVEN BETTER PERSON. I HOPE TEAMS CONTINUE TO SLEEP ON HIM SO, YOU KNOW, THEY LEAVE HIM ONE-ON-ONE, BUT HE’S DEFINITELY AWESOME.”
True leaders make those around them better. And I think it’s clear that Fields, via his great leadership abilities, is doing that in Chicago.
Fields doesn’t quite have the weapons that Burrow had last season, so it’s unlikely that Chicago makes a Cincinnati Bengals-like run to the Super Bowl this season. But it might not be far-fetched to suggest that Chicago could be competing for a Lombardi Trophy in the next couple of years, thanks to the presence of Fields.
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