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Here is What Justin Fields Should Have Taken from Finish in Loss vs Lions


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Vince Carbonneau
November 21, 2023  (9:08)
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The finger is being pointed at Matt Nagy for the Chicago Bears' loss this Sunday, with a key play serving as the focal point. Nagy, who instilled a "touchdown-to-checkdown" approach in his quarterbacks, influenced Justin Fields' decision-making. Fields, known for aiming for the end zone under Nagy's tutelage, chose a deep pass to Tyler Scott on a crucial third-and-9, overlooking DJ Moore, who has excelled in gaining yards after catches.

The media has scrutinized this play intensely due to its critical nature and the subsequent failure of the Bears' defense in the last two drives against the Lions. While the defense's inability to hold the lead was a decisive factor, this particular offensive play was also a missed opportunity.
Coach Matt Eberflus acknowledged the potential of the play if it had been successful, emphasizing the need for execution in such moments. However, it's debatable whether Fields should have even targeted Scott, given Moore's impressive performance and the fact that he had been a reliable option throughout the game.
The play's breakdown shows that Fields had a clear view and Scott had gotten ahead of his coverage. Yet, due to a slight deceleration by Scott, the pass missed its mark. Despite the open field, the throw was long, and the completion of such a play was not guaranteed. Additionally, Moore wasn't as open as some images suggested, with a safety closing in on him.
Thus, while the aggressive approach can be commended, in this instance, the Bears might have benefited from a safer, more strategic play that took advantage of Moore's catch-and-run capabilities, especially since he was already having a successful day on the field.
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