The Chicago Bears have never really had a true franchise quarterback behind center. Sorry, Jay Cutler, but it is true. Now, the organization boasts one of the most exciting prospects at the position — Justin Fields.
Fields suffered from incompetent coaching as a rookie, including play calling that downright looked like sabotage. Former head coach Matt Nagy failed to play to the strength of Fields, instead trying to force the system already in place.
On top of that, the front office seemingly threw in the towel and didn’t surround the young signal-caller with any talent in Year 1. Luckily for the Bears fanbase, Nagy was sent packing last off-season. In his stead, former Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus took command.
With the help of general manager Ryan Pace, Chicago began mapping out its future around Fields. A questionable in-season trade for Chase Claypool was met with pushback, but at least the NFL world could agree on one thing: The Bears were trying.
After winning only three games in 2022, the franchise secured the No. 1 overall pick in a draft class featuring multiple high-end options. Rather than entertaining a restart behind center, Poles and Co. fully committed to Fields by trading down in the draft and landing wide receiver D.J. Moore on top of loads of future assets.
Bears: 4 Reasons Chicago Is On The Right Track With QB Justin Fields
Now, with the franchise fully in on building a winner around Fields, Chicago enters the upcoming NFL season with optimism for the first time in years. Will the Bears string together more wins than expected? Your guess is as good as mine. Here are four reasons the organization is on the right track either way.