“I think he’s getting better every week”
LAKE FOREST — While many people aren’t thrilled with the performance of the Bears’ No. 1 quarterback in one quarter of the 2022 season, the first to come to defense is Justin Fields, his new offensive coordinator.
When asked about the signal caller’s tough month during his press conference at Halas Hall on Thursday, Luke Getsy had a rebuttal.
“I don’t think he’s had a rough month,” Getsy said. “I think he’s gotten better every week. I think he’s grown enormously. It’s not easy, we’re playing against good football teams. It’s not easy becoming the level of quarterback that he wants to be and I know he can become.
“The most important thing is that we stay focused, keep an eye on this process and make sure we’re getting better every week and I think we’re in that phase.”
Certainly there are many changes for Fields that have contributed to his slow start to the season through the air. With a new pattern, a new offensive line and a host of new receivers, the quarterback has completed 34 of 67 passes for 471 yards and two touchdowns compared to four interceptions.
The 97.5 passing yards per game is the last in the NFL and has already raised some questions about Fields’ ability to be the Bears’ long-awaited successful franchise quarterback.
Getsy isn’t one of them, nor does he spend his time worrying about it as he continues to work on the Bears’ overall offensive.
“We have a lot more going on at the moment than just the Justin Fields assessment. That’s easy, that’s what everyone wants to evaluate, the quarterback all the time, right? I understand it’s all good. This is a process for all 11,” Getsy said when asked if it’s a matter of time before Fields finds form or if they are still evaluating if he can reach his potential. “There are so many factors at play in what’s going on around Justin, just to sit here and say, oh, we’re just focusing on ‘is this guy going to be the guy or not,’ that’s literally not even in my mind or I don’t know I don’t think it’s on anyone’s mind in this building.
“We are in the process of getting better. How can we get every man in this building to get better every week and as long as we keep improving we are going in the right direction and we believe in that.”
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