The Chicago Bears offense is turning into one of the most exciting offenses in the NFL, thanks to Justin Fields and his ability to make game-changing plays.
Fields’ mobility -or sheer athleticism- is what makes him so special and so dynamic. He can turn what looks to be a sack into a 70-yard touchdown run in the blink of an eye thanks to his elite blend of size, speed, and instincts.
The Bears have been taking full advantage of Fields’ abilities over the last month or so and why wouldn’t they? The results have been a nearly-unstoppable offense that’s averaged 31 points per game since Week 7.
But one has to be careful when taking advantage of a quarterback’s mobility and one has to be especially careful when doing so in the manner we’ve seen with the Bears.
“I think you’ve got to be smart,” head coach Matt Eberflus told reporters Sunday when asked about the sustainability of utilizing Fields’ mobility in the fashion the Bears have. “I’ve used the terms “wisdom” and “discernment” as he goes through there. There was a couple times where he took a couple shots today, but he also slid and got himself out-of-bounds a couple times.
“Again, when you’re an athlete like that, he’s got to use that wisdom when he’s in that part of the field to make sure he gets down or gets out of harm’s way.”
Fields couldn’t get out of harm’s way on the final play of the game, however, as he was sacked on the final 4th and 8 that handed the Detroit Lions its third victory of the season. Granted, Fields wasn’t running. But, he was scrambling around trying to avoid Lions defenders before he was ultimately taken to the ground.
And, still, the overall point stands that the Bears need to make sure Fields is hit as little as possible.
To make things worse, Fields was hurt on the play to the point where he required stitches after the game.
“There was just a gash in the back of my ear, so it was dripping pretty bad, so I had to get a couple of stitches in the back of my ear,” Fields said after the game.
That’s good news for the Bears, but Fields was also feeling the aftereffects of his 14 carries against the Lions.
“Yeah, I’m hurting pretty bad, not really from hits but just my legs are kind of sore,” said Fields. “But other than my legs being sore and of course my ear, I’m fine.”
The Bears need to be careful with their star quarterback as he continues to flourish. This isn’t telling Luke Getsy and co. to stop running Fields, by any means. But, it’s clear based off his soreness comment that he is human, after all, and that every precaution needs to be made in order to prevent him from getting hurt.
Because, eventually, he will start to feel sore from the hits, not just from his legs.
It’s a good thing the Bears have a heady coach in (no pun intended) in Eberflus. He sees the big picture and it seems like he’ll step in if Fields starts to shoulder too much of a load.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Bears continue to use Fields and how Fields develops over the coming weeks.
Something tells me it’s going to be a ton of fun to witness.
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