The Chicago Bears are entering a new era following the official hiring of former Indianapolis Colts DC Matt Eberflus as their new head coach. While there were various contestants in the mix for the Bears’ job, Eberflus was chosen to fill the vacancy left by Matt Nagy. During his introductory press conference at Halas Hall on Monday, Eberflus revealed his plans for the Bears’ offense, particularly to do with franchise cornerstone and quarterback of the future Justin Fields. Via Chris Emma, Eberflus told reporters that he plans to construct an offense that plays to Fields’ strengths.
“We’re building the offense around the quarterback. … You start with the running game and build the pass concepts off what he can do well. Let’s do that, and then let’s grow and grow and grow."
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Eberflus told reporters that he plans to rebuild the Bears offense around Fields, indicating he would be constructing pass concepts tailored to Fields’ strong suits, while straying away from concepts he feels the former Ohio State product would struggle with.
While Eberflus is a defensive-minded coach, he understands that the franchise will succeed or fail with Fields. There’s no longer any debate as to whether Fields will be the starting quarterback going forward, as the organization has made it abundantly clear that he’s their guy in 2022.
Eberflus made an important first step in hiring former Packers quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy as the Bears’ new offensive coordinator, showing just how closely he plans to be monitoring Fields’ development.
“That’s building the offense around him and his strengths…” Eberflus said regarding the Bears’ points of emphasis this offseason. “We’re building the offense around the quarterback, and that’s what you do. You start with the running game and build the pass concepts off what he can do well. Let’s do that, and then let’s grow and grow and grow.”
Last year, Fields earned the starting role in Chicago over Andy Dalton just a few weeks into the season. The rookie started 12 games for the Bears, completing 58.9% of his pass attempts for 1,870 yards, seven touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Additionally, the No. 11 overall pick rushed 72 times for 420 yards and two touchdowns.