Justin Fields is entering his second season as a Chicago Bears quarterback. His first was… not great. The Bears were 2-8 when he started. He completed less than 60% of his passes and threw more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (seven).
But that was as a rookie. Fields is now a veteran with a new head coach in Matt Eberflus and a new offensive coordinator in Luke Getsy. And things are going very well. Sure, training camp is still a few weeks away, but the teammates look like they’ve had four beers and like what they’re seeing.
This is tight end Cole Kmet. Going through ESPN:
“You just feel it in the group,” Kmet said. “He doesn’t just rehearse the game, he tells you the game, and there’s a difference in that. It gives me confidence as a player on the pitch. He talks to every guy. It’s not just a game rehearsal, it tells us a game, which is a difference.
You have to listen to the plays he does not call. And it’s not just the guys on offense who have noticed.
“He’s got commanding leadership on the field, a legit field general,” defensive tackle Justin Jones said. “He pisses the guys off, gets the guys going.”
Justin Fields is the “my bumps” NFL quarterbacks. And he’s focused and going to be awesome. Just ask his receivers.
Fields is even bracing for that infamous Chicago Wind.
“There was a day when it was very windy and he was upset because the wind was blowing at around 30 miles an hour. He’s there like throwing balls after practice. It’s definitely something he’s been working on, and it shows.
The pre-season stories really are the best. When else could you hear someone talk so enthusiastically about someone throwing a ball into the wind? Now we’re just waiting for someone to say Fields is in the best shape of his life.