The Chicago Bears are hoping that quarterback Justin Fields takes a major step forward in his career in 2022.
If Fields can prove this season to be a franchise quarterback for the Bears, it will make general manager Ryan Poles’ job much easier.
It could also make his job harder in an unintended way.
If Fields makes significant improvements in 2022, it’ll likely turn Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy into an in-demand head coaching option.
Getsy previously served as the Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach. And if he works wonders with Chicago’s offense, it’s not out of the question that he’ll make a Matt LaFleur-like leap and go from top offensive assistant to head coach in just one season (LaFleur was the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator for one season before landing the Packers head coaching job).
The Athletic spoke to numerous coaches/executives recently to discuss the league’s quarterbacks. And one of those coaches/executives brought up the possibility of Getsy making the jump to head coach next offseason.
If Fields makes such a jump this season, one voter noted that the Bears’ new offensive coordinator, Luke Getsy, could become a head coach next offseason, introducing another unwelcome disruption for Fields early in his career. That would be a good problem for the Bears to have, better than other problems the team has faced at the position over the years.
That wouldn’t be an ideal situation for Fields, who hasn’t had much continuity early in his career.
Unfortunately, that’s the reality that Chicago faces. If Getsy is the real deal as an offensive coordinator, it won’t be long before another team scoops him up. He fits the profile of what most NFL teams are looking for these days in a head coach — young, comes from the Sean McVay coaching tree (via his connection to LaFleur), and he’s a former quarterbacks coach.
I think the Bears will get at least two years out of Getsy — which might allow them to promote someone to offensive coordinator instead of going outside the organization (this is still a scenario that Chicago fans should at least see as a possibility).
Ultimately, you want to see Fields progress as much as possible, but the Bears have to be prepared for what comes after Getsy when it comes to the offensive coordinator position.
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