Bears fans are searching for answers after the team’s offense put up a dud in a Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
It’s difficult to blame the fanbase, especially after parting ways with Matt Nagy at the conclusion of last season.
When it came to 2021 first-round QB Justin Fields, Nagy refused to take the training wheels off. Often times it looked like Fields was playing on a short leash while Nagy was dialing up plays with the fear of making a mistake.
In Sunday night’s loss it once again felt like the coaching staff was holding Fields back.
Justin Fields' first-half passing chart pic.twitter.com/y0frbeBcxx— Kevin Patra (@kpatra) September 19, 2022
After a touchdown on the opening drive the Bears offense stalled out, going three-and-out on four of their next five drives. The lone exception was a one-play drive as time expired in the first half.
Bears OC Luke Getsy is under fire after Fields finished with just 11 pass attempts in the loss. For a developing quarterback, live game reps are critical in finding out whether or not he is capable of leading the franchise for the foreseeable future.
Justin Fields after throwing just 11 passes: "Luke (Getsy) said before the game that we were going to run it down their throats. … My job is to run the play that's given to me the best that I can."— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) September 19, 2022
NFL Network’s Marc Ross is just one member of the media who was flabbergasted by the Bears’ offensive game plan.
“You get good at throwing by throwing. You get good at passing by passing, not by not doing it. So for Justin Fields, reps in practice is not gonna do, preseason is not gonna do. In these games they have to start opening up. If they just keep losing at some point you have to say ‘We have to change what we’re doing with this young man.’ Okay he makes mistakes, so what?”
Chicago only ran 41 plays on offense, and the running game was efficient behind David Montgomery. But, the Bears were down by at least two scores for the majority of the game. Turn Fields loose and start to find out what he can and cannot do.
The Bears ran 41 offensive plays total today— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) September 19, 2022
The Cardinals, Commanders, Giants, Buccaneers, Bengals, 49ers, Patriots and Dolphins all ran 41+ offensive plays in the second half of their games.
The Bears are not doing themselves, nor Fields any favors. After 12 starts in his career, the Bears have managed to learn next to nothing about the guy they drafted to bring the franchise back to Super Bowl relevance.
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