And most of them revolve around Justin Fields.
The Bears managed to win a game without scoring a touchdown Monday night, defeating the Minnesota Vikings 12–10. The defense looked great, but questions remain about the offense and QB, Justin Fields in particular.
I tend to be an apologist for Justin Fields, but he made it hard Monday night, fumbling twice in the fourth quarter. He did, however, lead the Bears on a late fourth drive which lead to the game-winning field goal.
Fields 36-yard completion to D. J. Moore was the key play in the game. Will it be enough to keep him in Chicago? Probably not. Those two fumbles were killers. But something else disturbed me. On that final drive, he seemed to have happy feet in the pocket. More on Fields’ fate later.
Montez Sweat is making a difference
Sweat had 1.5 sacks Monday night. Kudos to Bears GM, Ryan Poles on that trade. In addition, rookie defensive tackle, Jervon Dexter Jr. provided pressure from up the middle. The defense line has gone from a weakness to a strength.
Jaylon Johnson had a great game
After dropping another pick six, Johnson now leads the league in that category, but despite that, Johnson looked like the best cornerback in the NFL. Johnson did hold on to one interception, and in general, was one of the best players on the field.
But there was another factor that led to the Bears’ success
The fact that Josh Dodds was the Vikings QB, certainly played into the Bears picking off four passes.
What was Luke Getsy thinking?
I was to the point of wanting to scream after about the 20th bubble screen. That was awful. I know that Justin Fields is flawed, but Getsy has got to let the man play. The combo of Getsy at offensive coordinator and Justin Fields at QB doesn’t mesh.
What to make of the Bears win
So much of the Bears future is uncertain. Justin Fields probably won’t be the Bears’ QB next season. To some extent, that may depend on where the Bears are drafting in the 2024 draft. If they have one of the top three draft picks, the temptation to draft Caleb Williams or Drake Maye may be too great to resist.
I’ve constantly harped on the need for the Bears to can Matt Eberflus. What I really think is he’s an excellent defensive coordinator, but I’m not sold on him as a head coach. At this point, it makes no sense to fire him until the season ends. He truly may be coaching for his job.
Ryan Poles has had a run of success recently. The trade for and subsequent extension of Montez Sweat looks really good. As does the trade for D. J. Moore. In addition, the Bears 2023 draft class has been extremely productive.
Perhaps the guy most under fire in the Bears organization is OC, Luke Getsy. He and QB, Justin Fields don’t seem to be on the same page. I doubt that both of them will be with the Bears next season.
And one final question
Were fourth quarter turnovers a mental thing for Justin Fields? If so, did that late drive put that anxiety to rest? I hope so. I like so much of what Justin Fields brings as an athlete and a leader.
He’s really been in a terrible situation, but has griped, or made excuses. He really makes you want to root for him. But those turnovers have to go.
As they say in pool, the game is on the table.