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Is it time to press the panic button on Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields?

2RW7WR7 Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) is sacked by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka (9) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Audette)

We are getting perilously close to pushing the panic button on Justin Fields as the starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears after two weeks into his third NFL season.

The Bears seem intent on never letting us get a completely clean evaluation on Fields, but what we have seen is worrying and, if anything, getting worse rather than better.

Complicating Factors

Fields is averaging 6.5 yards per attempt and has more interceptions (three) than touchdowns (two) after two weeks. His average depth of target is just 5.3 yards, the second lowest at the position, and a league-low 22.7% of his passing attempts have traveled beyond the first-down markers. By any objective measure, Fields has looked terrible to start the season as a passer — the biggest area of focus for him and the Bears this season.

But it’s not all him. A Chicago offensive line that was bolstered in the offseason has been poor. The group has earned a 52.8 PFF grade, even as Fields makes it look worse than it actually is with his pocket presence and tendency to hold the ball.


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