3 Bears takeaways from Justin Fields’ nightmarish first NFL start vs. Browns
The Chicago Bears had an atrocious performance against the Cleveland Browns in Justin Fields’ first NFL start. The Bears traded up to select Fields with the 11th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and started him for the first time in Week 3.
Fields was not expected to start right away, but he was thrown into the lineup due to Andy Dalton’s injury.
The offense could not get anything going against the Browns, as they lost 26-6. It will be difficult for the Bears to recover after starting the season 1-2. They have many holes that need to be fixed to give them a shot at a playoff run.
With that said, here are three Bears takeaways from Justin Fields’ nightmarish first NFL start against the Browns.
3. The Bears need another weapon
Over the past few years, the Bears’ struggle has been their offense. Year after year, Chicago’s defense is elite, but the offense has always been inconsistent. One of the offensive problems is the lack of weapons. They have Allen Robinson and David Montgomery, but not much outside of them.
Robinson is one of the best receivers in the league, but the organization has failed to pair him with another good receiver. Darnell Mooney is the second wideout on the depth chart. He’s been decent since being drafted, but he is more suited for a wide receiver three role.
Montgomery has been a good running back for the Bears, but the lack of weapons around him has limited his production. If the Bears want to compete, they need to add another weapon to the offense.
2. This isn’t a playoff team
Through the first three weeks, the Bears have shown that they are not a playoff team. They have been blown out twice in three weeks and only won by three points in their lone victory, despite forcing four turnovers. The fact that it took the Bears’ defense forcing four turnovers to win a close game against the Cincinnati Bengals shows that they are not a playoff team.
Chicago isn’t in a tough division but still lack the offensive talent to make a run. Their division has one elite team in the Green Bay Packers and two zero-win teams in the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions. With the current state of the Bears, they will join the Lions and Vikings as non-playoff teams.
1. The Bears must improve the offensive line
The most significant issue on the roster is their lackluster offensive line. Rookie quarterback Justin Fields was sacked a whopping nine times in the loss to the Browns. This was the main reason for Fields having a nightmarish performance in his first career start.
Fields completed six passes for 60 yards and no touchdowns. He had a low completion percentage of 30 percent, which is far below the league average of last season at 65.2 percent. Fields was a star quarterback in college at Ohio State, but he always had great talent around him. This horrendous offensive line will be the demise of Fields and the Bears if they do not improve it.
Bears fans should not give up on Fields just yet, as he has so much talent. Fans will have to face the harsh reality of waiting for their team’s front office to make moves. Fields will not be able to succeed in his career with the current state of the Bears protection. Look for Fields and the Bears to face a lot of scrutiny this week and miss the playoffs this season.