Justin Fields offers an honest assessment of the Bears’ offensive progress

Justin Fields offers an honest assessment of the Bears’ offensive progress

LAKE FOREST – June is generally a time of optimism in the NFL. For rosy visions, franchise doesn’t matter.

Justin Fields delivered a dose of reality Tuesday at Halas Hall after the Bears’ first mandatory minicamp practice.

“Uh, no. I’m not ready for the start of the season,” Fields said Tuesday. “I’m the type of guy who would like to know I’m ready. So right now I’m just being honest, we’re not ready to play a game right now. And when that time comes we will be ready. , so, now, no, not ready to play a game.”

Tuesday was another tough practice for the Bears offense. Fields was picked twice and endured a tough three-game streak near the end of the session in which he threw a pick-six to Jaylon Johnson, received an assist and another incomplete pinfall.

However, Fields found a few plays with Equanimeous St. Brown and Darnell Mooney. The sophomore quarterback felt he and the offense had a decent day overall as they continued to learn the system from Luke Getsy.

“I think it all went well, of course,” Fields said, assessing his day. “Right now they’re throwing us a lot. They’re throwing pretty much the whole playbook at us, which is good right now, but of course there’s going to be mistakes, but we’d rather the mistakes come right now. time until later in the fall or at camp, so they were just talking about the fact that right now they’re putting a lot on us, which is good.

“So we’re learning everything and learning from our mistakes and things like that. It’s definitely…I think it went well. I mean, sure, it could have gone better, but it’s what is the use of tomorrow.”

Head coach Matt Eberflus noted how early the offense is in the facility. The Bears will break after the next two days of minicamp, and Fields is focused on building rapport with his receivers and fine-tuning his mechanics.

Despite the Bears’ current offensive issues, Fields remains confident in what the unit can be once they get up to speed. For Fields, the potential is there.

“With the concepts that we have, with the players that we have, I think everyone gets the hang of it pretty quickly,” Fields said. “As I said, they’re throwing a lot of them at us right now, so as long as we manage to do everything right, or do almost everything right and not make the same mistake again, I think we’ll be just fine when that time will come.”

Helping to bolster Fields’ confidence in the offensive potential is his bond with Getsy, who does everything in his power to keep everyone up to date and comfortable on offense.

“He’s a smart coach. He’s as cool as the other side of the pillow,” Fields said of Getsy. “He’s just brilliant. He’s always ready to make videos for us and make everything easier for everyone on offense, whether it’s putting up videos that we can watch at home. He always does going the extra mile to make sure everyone is good for the next day. I love him, and he’s a really great guy.”

It’s only June, so Fields and the offense have time to get comfortable and settle in. But they don’t have much time. Training camp will be here in less than two months, with a Week 1 date against the San Francisco 49ers soon to follow.

Right now, it looks like Fields and the Bears offense have a big mountain to climb to be fully operational when the 49ers come to town on Sept. 11. This journey begins and ends with Fields mastering a system designed to leverage what he does best.

“I think for me it’s just not about making the same mistake twice,” Fields said. “If you make that one mistake on a game, don’t make it again. If you end up improving and continuing to grow, there will be fewer mistakes every day, and of course you’ll be where you want to be.”

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