Bears rookie Justin Fields is out to take the souls of his opponents
Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields is already earning rave reviews from members of the organization and media alike.
Fields’ talent was on full display during Wednesday’s practice. He made a number of impressive throws, including one Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune deemed a “nice bomb.”
The former Ohio State quarterback has always garnered praise for his physical gifts. However, Bears head coach Matt Nagy hinted he has been even more impressed with Fields’ competitive mindset:
“He has that mentality of rip your heart out,” Nagy told reporters, via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.
Sounds something like Shang Tsung from the Mortal Kombat series, as if Fields is out to steal his opponents’ souls. The real question, though, is if Fields’ mindset will help him win the starting job.
Bears coaches and management have pretty consistently stated veteran quarterback Andy Dalton will be the starter under center when Week 1 rolls around. However, fans in Chicago might be clamoring to see Fields before long.
General manager Ryan Pace paid a fairly steep price to draft Fields. The Bears moved up nine spots from No. 20 to No. 11, trading (along with the 20th pick) a 2021 fifth-rounder as well as first- and fourth-round picks in 2022. It was the kind of aggressive play one might expect from a franchise desperate for a legitimate franchise quarterback.
Whether Fields can beat Dalton out for the starting job is another question entirely. The Bears appear content to let him sit and learn for a year.
That said, Fields already appears to have the attention of his head coach.