The Bears did some good things against the Packers, but they certainly did more bad than good. And a lot of the bad -like the controversial 4th and goal call that essentially iced the game for the Packers- could have been avoided.
Another such example is the Bears’ decision to attempt just 11 passes on the night. Sure, the running game was working well for the most part, but at the same time, this 2022. Not 1942. The NFL is all about making plays through the air these days, but, the Bears took a completely different approach.
Coupling Sunday night’s lack of passing volume with Week 1’s 17 attempts (despite the weather) has many out there questioning what is going on with the Bears offense and rightfully so: The unit has scored 29 combined points and has two touchdowns through the first two weeks of the season.
There are a lot of reasons why the offense is struggling, but as with most things in life, there is catalyst or a factor that heavily influences how everything else plays out. Some folks, like NFL Network‘s Marc Ross, believes the catalyst for the Bears’ offensive struggles involves the relationship between Justin Fields and his coaches.
“That was the discouraging thing for the Bears offense, is that they were running the ball well, which should open things up for Justin Fields to throw the ball. Especially when they’re down,” Ross recently said on NFL Network’s NFL Now. “But it just seems as if they don’t trust Justin Fields to throw.
“[He had] only 11 attempts last night and he just looks uncomfortable and out-of-synch.”
Ross didn’t stop there. He doubled down on his suspicion regarding the Bears’ lack of trust in Fields moments later.
“He just doesn’t look confident and it doesn’t look as if the play-calling is confident in him to throw the ball,” Ross later continued. “When he was at Ohio State, he threw the ball a lot … He was prolific at throwing the ball and airing it out … and showed you all the things you needed.
“But right now, he looks like a completely different quarterback.”
It’s still Week 2, so it’s extremely early when it comes to figuring out the accuracy of Ross’ take.
For starters, there are circumstances involved, such as the dreadful playing conditions in Week 1. But Ross has a point when it comes to the Bears’ offensive play-calling against the Packers.
Fields dropped back just seven times in the first half. When the Bears started the second half down 24-7, Fields dropped back around eight more times.
That can’t happen. Yes, the Bears have a lot of questions up front on the offensive line and at receiver, but as Ross notes, it’s crucial to let a player develop.
The Bears can’t keep Fields chained down. Especially if their offensive game plan/decisions aren’t resulting in points. It makes zero sense and it’s only hurting this team in the long run, which is a terrible process when considering this coaching staff and front office is in this for the long haul.
And, the longer/more the Bears keep Fields pinned down, the more people are going to think the Bears don’t trust Fields.
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