Chicago Bears Restate Commitment to Quarterback Justin Fields

It appears more and more likely Justin Fields will remain the Chicago Bears' starting quarterback for at least one more season. Speaking with reporters Tuesday, Bears general manager Ryan Poles said that the team currently plans on Fields starting the 2023 season.

Though hardly a ringing endorsement, Poles' words indicate the Bears don't currently expect to nab a new starter with the first overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft. The Bears drafted Fields 11th overall in 2021 and are clearly not yet willing to write off that investment.

Fields was an exhilarating player in 2022; he came within 64 yards of setting a new record for rushing yards in a single season by a quarterback. However, that doesn't necessarily mean he was an effective quarterback. The Bears finished with the league's worst record because they ranked last in the league in passing yards per game (130.5), sack rate (13.3%), and interception rate (4.0%).

Fields isn't necessarily to blame for those miserable numbers. It's possible he could flourish as a passer if the Bears can improve the talent around him. Trading the first overall pick or using it on an elite prospect could help the team create a credible supporting cast and really test Fields' potential. If he bombs, they'll likely have a chance at a premium quarterback prospect in next year's draft, anyway.

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