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Justin Fields gets vote of confidence from GM Ryan Poles

New Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles announced on ESPN 1000 Friday that the team is fully behind second-year starting quarterback Justin Fields moving forward following the conclusion of the 2022 NFL Draft.

“We’re all in on Justin. I believe in Justin. Our coaches believe in Justin,” Poles said. “As I said from the beginning, we’re going to set him up to succeed.”

Like the majority of other quarterbacks from the 2021 NFL Draft, Fields struggled a lot during his rookie season, leading fans to wonder whether or not Fields can be the franchise quarterback that the bears have spent 35 years looking for since Jim McMahon retired following the 1985 NFL season.

Fields finished his rookie season with a -3.9% Completion Percentage over Expectation (59% overall), 1,870 total yards, seven touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and an astronomical 11.8% sk%.

While some of the blame can attribute to a Bears roster devoid of offensive playmakers outside of Allen Robinson and Cole Kmet in 2021, Fields did have an average of 2.91 seconds of throw time on passing attempts in the 2021 NFL season, which ties for the sixth-highest time to throw window amongst all quarterbacks in the NFL.

With Allen Robinson now a member of the defending Super Bowl Champion, Los Angeles Rams, it’s puzzling that the Bears only selected two offensive skill players amongst their 10 draft picks.

While Velus Jones Jr. and Trestan Ebner might be helpful pieces for the Bears down the line the decision to pass up on an array of talented receiving prospects, including Alec Pierce, David Bell, John Metchie, and Skyy Moore, does not really scream that the Bears are 100% behind their second-year signal-caller.