Matt Nagy held off so long as he may, however Justin Fields acquired an opportunity to function because the Bears’ main quarterback within the second half of Chicago’s Week 2 sport agianst the Bengals.
Andy Dalton endured a few accidents throughout the contest. First, he suffered a non-contact damage working out of bounds. He was in a position to return to the sport earlier than injuring his knee , which rendered him questionable and later uncertain after halftime.
Fields served because the Bears’ prime quarterback after halftime due to Dalton’s damage. His first prolonged motion was a curler coaster, containing some strong flashes and a few brutal reminders that he is nonetheless studying concerning the NFL sport.
The Bears have been main 20-10 with 4 minutes left when Fields threw a very dangerous interception. He failed to identify the Bengals’ linebacker Logan Wilson drop into protection and delivered the ball proper to him.
That arrange the Bengals with a primary and aim. On the following play, the Bengals scored and made the sport 20-17.
Nevertheless, on the following drive, Fields made a superb play that successfully helped to seal a win for the Bears. On a third-and-9, he was in a position to break a sort out and scramble for a first-down conversion.
That virtually sums up Fields’ day. There have been moments of brilliance and ones that includes painful errors. In the end, he was inconsistent, and maybe no play encapsulates that higher than a strip-sack he suffered on his first drive of the second half.
Fields let the strain get to him on the play. He was pulled down for the sack and stripped. It regarded just like the Bengals have been going to have a straightforward scoop-and-score alternative on the play. Nevertheless, Fields managed to worm his means towards the ball. That saved the Bears, then main 7-3, from falling behind and allowed them to flip the sector with a punt.
The strip sack wasn’t a reasonably play from Fields, however he managed to salvage it by way of his fast response to the fumble.
Total, Fields ran for 31 yards on 10 carries and went 6 of 13 passing for 60 yards and an interception. That mentioned, Fields had a few good throws on the day that weren’t accomplished. He hit Darnell Mooney within the fingers on the primary drive of the second half, however Mooney wasn’t in a position to convey it in. Later, Allen Robinson did not catch a cross that Fields had thrown proper to him downfield. It went proper via Robinson’s fingers, hit him within the chest and fell harmlessly to the bottom.
In fact, Fields wasn’t excellent on each throw. Most notably, he led Mooney barely too far on a possible TD that will have prolonged Chicago’s result in at the least 20. As an alternative, they needed to accept a subject aim.
Fields additionally had an issue with penalties. He was whistled for 2 false begins throughout the contest, as he was utilizing a bit an excessive amount of movement when signaling for the snap. That backed up the Bears twice, and made it troublesome for him to transform on first downs. It is a part of the explanation that the Bears had simply 83 complete yards of offense after halftime.
How did Fields really feel about his efficiency? He wasn’t pleased about it, however vowed to enhance sooner or later.
“I do not assume I am happy with how I performed in any respect,” Fields mentioned after the sport, per ESPN. “I believe there’s much more in me that I’ve to indicate. That is going to return with time. I do know it is not going to occur in a single day, so I am simply going to maintain grinding, and it doesn’t matter what occurs, I do know I am meant for this. I am meant to be right here. My path right here has been loopy. After I was youthful, I by no means thought I might be right here on this place. I am right here for a purpose. And I undoubtedly assume I can play higher. I simply assume that that is the start. I am undoubtedly excited for the longer term and excited to get again to observe on Monday, Tuesday.”
Fields was definitely rocky in his prolonged motion, however maybe he’ll be higher in Week 3 if Dalton cannot play and the workforce prepares Fields to start out towards the Browns. Cocach Matt Nagy appears to be assured that he can belief Fields if Dalton does must miss time.
“Like I’ve mentioned with Justin, he is in all probability additional alongside than we thought at this level proper now,” Nagy mentioned. “If that is the case [and Dalton has to miss time], we be ok with it with Justin. He has labored actually, actually onerous to get up to now.
“We’ll see the place every little thing goes and the place it is at, however Justin has finished every little thing we have requested him to do and we really feel good with him.