Fields ‘ahead of the pace’ learning offense, impressed OC Getsy originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
LAKE FOREST – Justin Fields’ growth will be the defining topic of the first year of Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus’ Bears’ rebuilding.
The Bears went on defense with their top two picks in the 2022 NFL Draft and only selected an 11-pick wide receiver. Poles and Eberflus have said all the right things about Fields, and it’s fair to assume they believe the dynamic signal caller will make a leap into Year 2 simply by transitioning to offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s friendly quarterback system.
Getsy, who trained with Matt LaFleur in Green Bay, plans to build his offense around Fields’ strengths. Given that LaFleur hails from Shanahan’s tree, you’d expect plenty of outfield runs and bootlegs that set Fields in motion and play what the young QB does best.
Learning a new offense is a process, but Fields is further along than expected at this point in the offseason.
“We’re working on it step by step,” Getsy said the Sunday after the final day of the Bears rookie minicamp. “You know we’re making sure that we’ve mastered it, to be able to master our craft, we have to master every step. So we’re just, we’re staying on track. I think he’s, if anything, ahead of pace.” .”
Much of the talk surrounding Fields’ growth this offseason has centered on the lack of talent in the Bears’ best wide receivers. Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle, Equanimous St. Brown and rookie Velus Jones Jr. are projected to be Fields’ top four wide receivers entering the season.
Not exactly a bomb squad.
Getsy understands fans’ anxiety over the receiver’s position and how it could affect Fields. But the Bears’ offensive coordinator sees it as an opportunity for guys like St. Brown to up their game. For Getsy, the biggest problem facing the Bears’ home team is not a lack of talent, but a lack of chemistry with Fields. This is something that is being worked on religiously.
“I think we’ve got enough guys on this team who’ve played a lot of ball in the league,” Getsy said when asked about problems with receivers hampering Fields’ growth. “I think it’s just that experience of playing with the quarterback and teaching him the body language, the signals you want to send him when you’re ready to take a break. You can see that happening every day, it’s so much more comfortable these days. guys are getting it.
“Justin is hooking up with these guys. So I’m excited. It’s getting better every day. I’m excited to see where these guys can go.”
The most important thing for Getsy and Fields is to be on the same page as the quarterback and the play-caller. That’s where the offensive coordinator saw a leap from the young quarterback this offseason.
“The play caller and quarterback need to have a great relationship, and that’s important,” Getsy said. “We have to be on the same page, always. That’s when I felt like he grew up, he’s communicating with me so well now, the things he’s feeling, the things he sees, and so that part just turned out to be tremendous. , for a young person to be able to do that.”
Poles, Eberflus, Getsy and Fields have a lot of work to do as they rebuild the Bears.
There are several ways to design a successful rebuild. But any architect will tell you that you must get the most essential part right if you want to complete the rebuild – the quarterback.
“I was super impressed with him. I really was,” Getsy said of Fields. “There is no one in this building who works harder than he does. There is no one who cares more than he does. We started off well. He really accepted this challenge.”
It will be a tough climb for the Bears to get back into legitimate playoff contention. It starts with Campos. Having a first-in, last-out quarterback sets the tone for the entire franchise and is a critical building block in crafting a successful new offense.
So far, so good for Fields and Getsy. But the real work is just beginning.
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