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"Ex-Bears Coach Critiques Justin Fields, Calls Him 'Hard to Watc'


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Vince Carbonneau
May 12, 2024  (4:21 PM)
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The quarterback roster from the 2021 NFL Draft is shaping up to be a one-man show starring Trevor Lawrence, with the others falling short of expectations. Lawrence stands alone as the only quarterback among the five first-round picks of that year to have his fifth-year option picked up this offseason—a subtle nod to the overall underwhelming performance of his draft class.

Among those under scrutiny is Justin Fields, currently a backup quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Initially drafted by the Chicago Bears as the 11th overall pick, Fields was envisioned as the cornerstone of the franchise. However, fast forward three seasons and the Bears have parted ways with him, opting to start afresh with Caleb Williams, the latest No. 1 overall pick.
Fields's tenure as the Bears' starting quarterback was marked by controversy and mixed reviews. According to NFL writer Tyler Dunne, Fields struggled with vision and decision-making on the field. "Watch his eyes. He tries to see the whole thing and doesn't see anything. His eyes are all over the place and it's just really hard to watch. It's just bad football," said one former Chicago coach.
While not exactly a glowing review, this perspective is not unexpected. Fields did showcase moments of brilliance, particularly when leveraging his athletic prowess, but the Bears consistently failed to optimize his capabilities within their strategy.
Looking ahead, it remains uncertain how much Fields can improve this season while serving as Russell Wilson's backup in the revamped Steelers offense, or whether he will even have significant playtime.
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