Putting one foot in front of the other: How the Chicago Bears are positioning QB Justin Fields to succeed – Chicago Bears Blog

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The leap as a sophomore the Chicago Bears hopes to see in quarterback Justin Fields began with him making two step changes this offseason.

Left foot forward, right foot back in his shotgun stance.

It’s perhaps no coincidence that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is also putting his left foot forward, considering that Bears first-year offensive coordinator Luke Getsy has been Rodgers quarterbacks coach for the past three seasons.

“It’s exactly what they do on offense,” Fields said. “It fits better with the routes and stuff like that, that’s why we’re doing it.”

footwork. Timed coordination. Pocket Presence. These are some of the areas where the Bears are looking to help Fields improve as he heads into his second NFL season.

Like many high drafted quarterbacks, Fields — ranked No. 11 overall in 2021 — is expected to make a jump in his sophomore year. But as he adjusts to a new coaching system, an offensive line with four new starters, and a receiving corps with a proven goal, it might be more realistic to expect Fields to take a few steps forward rather than one giant leap.

His next test is Thursday night in Seattle against the Seahawks (8 p.m. ET, ESPN). Starters are expected to play at least two series – anywhere from six to ten games.

“Last year, I think people said footwork, but there really wasn’t any meaning behind it,” said Fields’ personal quarterbacks coach Quincy Avery. “But I think when this new coaching staff is talking about putting an emphasis on footwork, it’s because some of the drops are a little different or the timing of the footwork doesn’t necessarily line up with things they did last season , and a lot of the play-action concepts they have are a little bit different.”

The Bears are also hoping better footwork will lead to improved pocket presence and fewer sacks. Fields was sacked 36 times in 11 games last season, the highest in the league.

And he admits that one of the reasons is that he held the ball too long. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, fields averaged 2.91 seconds from the pass last season (sixth-highest — NFL average was 2.77 seconds).

“At our level you have to listen to your feet a lot more,” said Getsy. “And when your feet are telling you a guy isn’t open, it’s time to move on and leave.” You can’t hold on

“That’s the biggest thing. I think it’s just the pace, it’s the time clock that we fucking train with. I think he’s starting to do a really good job with it.”

Fields was sacked twice in the Bears’ opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, but progress — for the entire offense — needs to be measured incrementally, especially given the massive changes from last season.

“Last year I had to learn a new offense, and coming into this year I had to learn a new offense,” Fields said. “That was definitely the biggest challenge.”

One challenge he’s not facing this season is trying to earn the starting job. Fields, 23, became a starter in Week 3 of last season after Andy Dalton was injured. Fields played through Week 11 and then dealt with injuries in the final few weeks.

It’s his team this season, for better or for worse.

“I mean, he’s 23, right? You can only get that [improvement] through play,” Getsy said. “And training is great, but it’s not a game.

“Pocket presence is not easy to teach. But he has the tenacity and the courage to do it. When evaluating quarterbacks, that’s one of the first things I look for—someone who’s willing to stand there, take your throw with your feet on the ground, and take a punch in the jaw. He definitely has.”

Fields did this against the Chiefs, delivering a 19-yard shot to wide receiver Tajae Sharpe while getting hit. But on another game, Getsy thought Fields cleared the pocket too quickly on a scramble when he rolled to the right and slipped in vain to avoid getting hit.

That was the one game Getsy said he wanted back because Fields backed out on his progress on the second read.

“I love the way he reacted after that game,” Getsy said. “He didn’t let the last piece affect the next piece, which we’ve been working on really hard since spring. Whenever he threw an interception or something that spring, the next play was bad as well. He didn’t have that show at all [against Kansas City]. So that was good.”

It was early in the offseason when the coaches and fields analyzed the film to know what habits and techniques they needed to deconstruct.

“It was just figuring out how we want things to be and how we want to play with the appearance, the balance and whatever we want,” said Andrew Janocko, Bears quarterbacks coach. “I don’t think we’ve ever really said, ‘Hey, we’re going to fix this, or we’re going to look at something you’ve done before and change it completely.’

“We just said, ‘Hey, that’s what we want to be. This is how we think we can be successful.”

And Fields bought into the new system.

“For me personally, I have more confidence going into this season,” Fields said. “Year 1, you really didn’t know what to expect.”

Expectations for Year 2 aren’t much different. Right now it’s just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other.

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