The Chicago Bears have looked like the most undisciplined team in the NFL over the past several weeks. Matt Nagy’s squad is heading in the wrong direction after another disappointing showing in Week 15. Justin Fields isn’t a fan of the mental errors and overall lack of discipline shown by his teammates. The rookie signal-caller has a suggestion on how to fix the problem.
Justin Fields is frustrated with the Bears’ lack of discipline
The Chicago Bears suffered yet another disappointing defeat, this time at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.
The loss seemed marred by lack of effort and several costly mental mistakes. In a recent press conference, Justin Fields opened up on Chicago being an undisciplined football team in crucial moments of games.
“That’s been the story of the year,” Fields told NBC Sports Chicago. “It’s just shooting ourselves in the foot, and once we eliminate those penalties, sacks, fumbles where I should just throw the ball away, we’ll start seeing more points on the board and more success for the whole team.”
On several occasions, Bears players garnered penalties for lack of focus or just plain losing their cool. Fields has seen enough and believes it’s time for a change.
“It’s frustrating at this point, especially with the false starts,” he said. “Just everything. We’re going to have to come up with something during practice, run a lap or something. That’s what we did at Ohio State. Offsides? You’re running a whole lap. I don’t care who you are. Even had me running laps if I did something wrong. We’re going to have to do something to fix that.”
Well, college football is an entirely different ball game. While that probably wouldn’t fly in the NFL, the Bears are definitely in need of a culture change.
Chicago seems to be packing it in for 2021
The loss to the Vikings pushed the Chicago Bears to 4-10 and well out of playoff contention. The team hoped to improve on their 2020 campaign, in which Chicago finished with an 8-8 record and a wild-card spot.
However, the 2021 season has been a roller coaster ride for the Bears, one with more downs than ups.
Recently second-year cornerback Jaylon Johnson spoke out and revealed that some players in the locker room have already given up on the season.
“You have a little bit of both,” said Johnson per Yahoo Sports. “You have the side of the locker room that is starting to go into the tank. And you have the guys that are still trying to fight and figure out how we can get better.”
Lately, it’s seemed more like the Bears are tanking. Whether they are or not is one thing, but the on-field product has been pathetic.
Chicago has talent on both sides of the ball, but the team has been unable to put it all together this season. Head coach Matt Nagy is most likely on his way out at the end of the season. He doesn’t appear to have good control of the locker room, which is why the undisciplined behavior continues.
Justin Fields and Jaylon Johnson want to keep competing to hopefully end the season on a positive note. Unfortunately, not everyone has gotten the memo.
The Bears need to put the rookie QB in a better position to succeed
The Chicago Bears drafted Justin Fields with the No. 11 overall pick for a reason. The front office saw something in the Ohio State product that made it feel like he could be the quarterback of the future.
Fields’ journey to becoming the starting quarterback wasn’t nearly as smooth as it was for guys like Mac Jones, Trevor Lawrence, and Zach Wilson. The Bears mishandled the situation with Fields and Andy Dalton.
When the 22-year-old has been on the field, he’s shown flashes of what he can do on the football field. His play has been far from flawless, but look where he’s playing. Chicago clearly has a lot of issues at hand.
Fields has all the talent in the world, but he’s been trying to make lemonade without lemons. The offensive line’s poor play could get him seriously injured. Inconsistent play-calling also stalls the offense and keeps it from reaching its full potential.
In the offseason, the front office must make changes to put the young quarterback in a better position to succeed. The Bears have something to work with as far as skill players go. David Montgomery, Allen Robinson II, Darnell Mooney, and Cole Kmet make for a solid core. However, this unit has been unable to find its rhythm together.
It would be a shame for this franchise to waste such a promising talent. Perhaps, once the team changes the culture, it can start winning more football games.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.