GM Ryan Poles: Bears are ‘all-in’ on QB Justin Fields

Ahead of last week’s NFL Draft, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus explained that the team’s new offense “will be very quarterback-friendly” for 2021 rookie Justin Fields, and Fields later remarked that he was making changes to his footwork in an attempt. to limit the number of bags he will take in the future.

The Bears left some scratching their heads, however, when they used their first two draft picks to select cornerback Kyler Gordon and safety Jaquan Brisker instead of bolstering their offense via those assets. According to Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith, Chicago general manager Ryan Poles defended the move earlier this week, and the Poles assured anyone listening during a Friday appearance on ESPN 1000 that the team always viewed Fields as a long-term answer to the sport that mattered most. position.

“We’re all-in on Justin,” Poles said, according to PFT’s Josh Alper. “I believe in Justin. Our coaches believe in Justin. Like I said from the start, we’re going to set him up for success.”

Fields was inconsistent, at best, in his first pro campaign. As indicated by ESPN stats, the 23-year-old finished the regular season last among all eligible flaggers with a total QBR of 26.4. Given how the so-called quarterback carousel has turned out this offseason, it’s no exaggeration to say that Fields could find himself playing for his job just two years into his tenure in Chicago.

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