Chicago Bears: Justin Fields
It’s hard to look at the Chicago Bears’ situation in 2021 and not give Justin Fields the benefit of the doubt.
Yes, he was bad as a rookie in 2021. There’s no denying it.
Fields showed flashes but he made far too many mistakes and just generally really bad decisions with the football.
With that being said, the Bears’ top priority in their search for a GM and head coach has to be to give Fields the best possible chance of success. This is not a team that anyone anticipates pulling what the Cardinals did with Josh Rosen in 2019 when they scrapped his development and drafted Kyler Murray.
More teams might need to be willing to do that, but in the case of the Bears and Justin Fields, I think this one is worth at least a couple of years of solid development.
The Bears will be an attractive hire because the coach will know his QB situation coming in and a player like Fields should, in theory, give you a lot of options offensively.
The Bears will likely sneak in a veteran contingency at the position, but the perception from the outside looking in will be that Fields is Plan A for 2022, as he should be.