Justin Fields Crashes in First NFL Start; Who is to Blame?


Chicago Bears fans were filled with excitement heading into Sunday afternoon's matchup against the Cleveland Browns, as they were finally going to see Rookie Quarterback Justin Fields make his first career NFL start. With Chicago's 2021 first round draft pick under center, Bears fans were hoping to see Fields usher in a new era of offence using his natural athleticism and his potential of being a game changing dual-threat quarterback which was all suppose to start on Sunday.

Instead the Cleveland Browns defense quickly spoiled the afternoons of many Bears fans like three time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade, sacking the rookie NINE times helping the Cleveland Browns pick up 26-6 win over the Chicago Bears.

Fields completed 6 of 20 passing attempts for 68 yards and only rushed the ball 3 times for 17 yards, struggling to spark any sort dangerous scoring opportunity or even a promising drive. Cleveland's 9 sacks was most in an NFL game since 2015, and to make matters worse, Fields had to have an x-ray done on his throwing hand post game.

Despite the brutal first start, the good news here is that Justin Fields and the Bears believe the hand injury isn't serious and shouldn't force the quarterback to miss any time, which will allow Fields to improve and learn in practice, something the young quarterback said he is looking forward to according to Chicago Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer

"You've just got to bounce back and come back better, and we each have got to get better as a whole. Me personally, I want to get back and work harder than ever and just try to keep getting better each and every day.

Most of the blame for Sunday afternoon's loss falls on Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy. The 43- year-year old is in his 4th season as Head Coach and has drawn some criticism even some calling for his firing after failing to make  adjustments and not utilizing Justin Fields skill set to its full capabilities.

The Chicago Bears will have lots of questions to answer before their next game like will Justin Fields get the start again or will Andy Dalton be healthy enough to return? Will Matt Nagy still be on the sidelines as the Head Coach? One thing we do know is that the Bears will have an easier task in Week 4 as they return to Chicago to host division rivals the Detroit Lions.  

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