Here is why Luke Getsy cannot succeed as an OC with Justin Fields

BY V. CARBONNEAU    DECEMBER 1, 2023  (11:02 PM)
As the NFL season enters its final stretch, the Chicago Bears are confronting their strategy head-on during their Week 13 break. Despite a narrow victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Luke Getsy, the Bears' offensive strategist, is under fire for his repetitive screen passes involving quarterback Justin Fields. Critics argue that Getsy's play designs have not consistently capitalized on Fields' dynamic arm and mobility.

In the last leg of the 2023 campaign, calls are rising from fans and commentators alike for a change at the offensive coordinator position. Many suggest that Getsy's approach may be stifling Fields' development by not tailoring the game plan to his strengths. There's a growing sentiment that the Bears' offensive game should pivot towards long-range passes to leverage Fields' powerful arm.

The central dilemma for Getsy arises from Fields' occasional delays in reading defenses, resulting in missed chances to execute Getsy's envisioned plays. The Bears' signal-caller has, at times, held onto the ball for too long, leading to either lost opportunities or sacks. This season has seen several instances where Fields has overlooked an open receiver, affecting the team's offensive momentum.

The recent matchup with the Vikings exemplifies the scrutiny on Getsy's tactics. Despite an emphasis on quick passes to counteract the Vikings' blitzing, many of Fields' incomplete throws were on plays meant to go downfield. The Bears' playbook seems to be at a crossroads, with fans noticing a pattern of cautious play-calling that may not fully harness the quarterback's full potential.


As the season winds down, the dilemma deepens for Getsy. While he aims to craft a strategy that plays to Fields' attributes, the execution on the field has not always reflected this intent. A standout instance was when Fields overthrew a pass to receiver Darnell Mooney, a moment that could have shifted the narrative on Getsy's play-calling strategy. Now, as the Bears recalibrate for their next outing, the focus will be on how Getsy can adjust his tactics to match the high stakes of NFL play and the high expectations of the Bears' passionate fan base.
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