The Chicago Bears, led by Justin Fields, are preparing to face the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday, amidst a 12-game losing streak that extends back to the previous season.
With Fields facing challenges in his first two starts of the season, notably with two interceptions and a pick-six in the recent game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, questions about his performance have been inevitable.
Addressing the media in his weekly press conference, Fields provided some candid insights into the challenges he’s been facing on the field. While acknowledging his tendency to overthink during games, Fields also subtly hinted that the team’s coaching could be a factor in his less spontaneous playing style.
Luke Getsy, the Bears’ offensive coordinator, has been under scrutiny for his strategies and their potential impact on Fields during his budding career. The statistics, unfortunately, don’t paint a rosy picture. Out of 27 games with Fields as the starter, the Bears have managed only five victories. Fields’ record includes 24 interceptions, 31 fumbles, and an alarming 101 sacks.
Backing up Fields’ concerns, an unidentified NFL executive weighed in on the quarterback’s performance, highlighting several areas of concern, including protection, response to pressure, and lack of rhythm in the offense. The executive pointed out, “There’s no rhythm in the offense right now because the quarterback can’t see it.”
Tensions within the Bears’ camp are not limited to Fields. Questions have arisen about the current status of defensive coordinator Alan Williams, who is currently absent from the team for undisclosed reasons. Head coach Matt Eberflus remained tight-lipped, not only on the reasons for Williams’ absence but also on whether he remains the team’s defensive coordinator.
These are indeed tumultuous times for the Chicago Bears, a team desperately seeking to break a 12-game losing streak.