Ultimately, Justin Fields goes to be the beginning quarterback of the Chicago Bears. The Bears traded their 2022 first-round decide (amongst different issues) to maneuver up from the No. 20 slot to No. 11 and land Fields within the 2021 NFL Draft, and you do not make that sort of transfer except you are going to hand the reins to your focused participant eventually.
If ex-Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was the one making the choices, although, “ultimately” would most likely come later, reasonably than sooner. As an alternative, Cutler would have Fields appearing as Andy Dalton’s backup early on.
“I would not play the child to begin,” Jay Cutler stated throughout an look on Waddle & Silvy this week, based on the Chicago Tribune. “That is the place I would begin. I would let him watch. I feel it is only a robust spot to simply throw somebody on the market, particularly in Chicago. And I feel Andy is greater than serviceable. I feel they’ll win video games with Andy and sort of pull the ship alongside till [Fields] is prepared.”
It is unclear what Cutler considers a tricky spot, but it surely’s price noting that the Bears do start the season on the highway in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams, who’ve one of many NFL‘s greatest defenses, and two of its perfect defensive gamers in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey. In addition they play the Browns, Packers, Buccaneers, 49ers and Steelers previous to their Week 10 bye. Cutler acknowledged that Fields has expertise taking part in in opposition to high-level competitors, however drew a distinction between these video games and what he’ll face within the NFL.
“Everybody’s totally different. I’ve simply at all times been on the aspect of, what’s 10 video games? What’s a season [of sitting] within the grand scheme of this child’s profession? If you happen to consider he is the man, get all the things arrange in order that when he is thrown in there, he is supported and he could make issues occur the way in which he ought to as a substitute of battling by all these items and seeing ghosts 5 years from now or three years from now,” Cutler stated. “He got here from Ohio State. He has performed in huge video games earlier than. So I do not assume he’ll thoughts it a lot. However I’ll say this is not Ohio State. This is not faculty soccer. The taking part in discipline will get leveled actually rapidly within the NFL. You are going to get humbled. Unhealthy issues are going to occur. You are simply going to should take care of it.”
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If dangerous issues are going to occur and you are going to get humbled and simply going to should take care of it, that would appear to level towards taking part in Fields early and letting him take these sorts of lumps sooner reasonably than later. However Cutler appears to have some points with the present roster surrounding Fields, and thinks the Bears might put him in higher place to succeed.
“He is clearly proficient,” Cutler stated. “He can transfer. He can throw. He gained loads at Ohio State. He appears to have a bit chip on his shoulder, which I do not assume is a nasty factor. However like we have talked about quite a few instances, whenever you’re taking part in quarterback (within the NFL), there are numerous transferring elements. They should get the road [stabilized]. They should get some weapons. … And I actually like [head coach Matt Nagy]. That is by no means been a problem in my thoughts. I feel he’ll put collectively a plan.”
Chicago launched longtime left deal with Charles Leno earlier this offseason, and seems set to maneuver second-round decide Teven Jenkins, who principally performed on the best aspect of the road in faculty, to Fields’ blind aspect. The Bears additionally shouldn’t have a lot in the way in which of depth at broad receiver past Allen Robinson, who isn’t signed past this yr. There’s an argument to be made that the Bears must improve the infrastructure with which they’re going to encompass Fields, however that appears to be extra in regards to the roster than Fields himself. But it surely’s troublesome to argue that he is not as able to play as a rookie quarterback may be, given his expertise and ability set.