The Chicago Bears had a disappointing season in 2021. They finished the year 6-11, in third place in the NFC North division. The organization decided to make a change at head coach, firing Matt Nagy after the season was over. Heading into 2022, the team looks to turn a new leaf and move in a positive direction.
Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields looked back at the year as a whole, but made a strong promise that should encourage Chicago fans.
Bears QB Justin Fields reflected on his rookie season, which was filled with highs and lows. But he promised “the best is yet to come.” https://t.co/YDzAyCQiu3
— Bears Wire (@TheBearsWire) January 18, 2022
While speaking of the future of the franchise, Fields said “The best is yet to come.”
During his rookie campaign, Fields had his good moments and his bad moments. But overall, it was a relatively successful year for a rookie quarterback.
Fields was the fourth quarterback taken in the 2021 NFL Draft, behind Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Trey Lance. You could argue that Fields performed better than any of them. But the recent success of rookie quarterbacks like Justin Herbert in 2020 have set a bar that is not attainable for most young players.
Fields mostly struggled passing the ball, posting seven touchdowns to 10 interceptions. But his rushing ability opened up the offense a bit. Fields ran for 420 yards and two more scores. He also only played in 12 games as he missed time with injury.
As the league continues to shift toward mobile quarterbacks, Fields showed he could be the answer in the future. But he will certainly need to improve his accuracy throwing the football. Fields completed just 58 percent of his passes this year.
Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney looked to be a legit wide receiver one as the year progressed. Tailback David Montgomery was really good once again. So Fields has some talent around him and it sounds like he is excited for what’s to come.