Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus is setting a high bar for Justin Fields for the 2022 season after the quarterback's roller-coaster rookie campaign.
“I said last time in public that the development of him for the second year should be a big jump,” Eberflus said at the NFL owners meeting earlier this week. “It should be. That's what we're looking for. We're looking for better technique, better fundamentals, better decision-making, better timing, everything.
“He's all on board on that. He's excited about where he is and he's been working his tail off. That's what we want, just that big jump from year one to year two.”
Fields had his fair share of up-and-down performances in his rookie season last year. He battled against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football, but he also had dismal showings over the campaign, including his three-interception outing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It is quite difficult to pinpoint the entirety of the blame on Fields for his underwhelming debut season in the NFL. He was sacked 36 times in 12 games played, and the receiving corps did rank at 10th in the league with a 5.5 percent drop percentage.
With a unique offensive system in place coupled with the new faces on offense, much expectation sure will be on Fields to excel in his sophomore campaign with the Bears. More so, Fields could see multiple new additions on the offensive side of the ball over the 2022 NFL Draft.