It is unfair to put so much pressure on a single player, but the Chicago Bears legitimately may have saved their franchise with their selection of Justin Fields in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. This was a team that seemed to have no hope for the future and most figured they would be stuck in mediocrity for the foreseeable future. After trading up to select Fields, everything has changed for the Chicago Bears.
Justin Fields was nit-picked throughout the 2021 NFL Draft process, as teams seemed to take issue with his decision-making ability. That being said, he is arguably the most physically gifted quarterback from this class and is also arguably the most accurate.
Fields’ physical skill-set consistently stands out on tape. He has tremendous natural arm talent, and is a big, strong and athletic quarterback who can create with his feet when needed. Fields is a naturally mobile quarterback who also has the arm to hit any throw on the field.
While his physical tools are impressive, Justin Fields also shows the ability to read through his progressions well and place the ball with pinpoint accuracy. He shows impressive accuracy to all levels of the field and has a knack for leading his receivers well to allow for run-after-catch opportunities.
Chicago Bears should start Justin Fields right away
When it comes down to it, Justin Fields is a tremendous quarterback prospect who undoubtedly has massive upside as an NFL quarterback. He never should have been available at No. 11 in the 2021 NFL Draft, but the Chicago Bears took advantage of his fall and found their guy.
Now, with Fields on board, the Bears must commit to his talent and give him a chance to shine immediately. Andy Dalton is a solid veteran quarterback who is nice to have around. However, no matter what the Bears’ Twitter account says, he should not be the starting quarterback of this team.
To put it simply, the future is now for the Chicago Bears. If head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace expect to keep their jobs, they need to start winning games. The natural playmaking ability and massive upside of Justin Fields gives them a much better chance to compete right now.