When speaking to the media on Wednesday, Bears’ offensive coordinator Bill Lazor made an interesting comment regarding Justin Fields and his readiness.
When asked about Justin Fields, Bill Lazor firmly believes that the Ohio State product is “ready for whatever’s thrown at him”. However, he doesn’t mean that ahead of Week Two or Week Four, Lazor meant after the preseason he felt that way about the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
With that said, is Justin Fields ready? Do fans and media value Matt Nagy’s words over Lazor’s? The real question now becomes: do the Bears have a conflict within their coaching staff?
It’s no secret that Justin Fields is talented. In minimal snaps on Sunday night vs. the Rams, Fields look composed, prepared, and electric on the field. The small sample size already has Bears fans in a frenzy and calling for Andy Dalton to be benched. However, Nagy is very firm that Justin isn’t going to play right away and needs to wait.
Why Wait if Your Job is on the Line?
Why? Does a player such as Fields really need to sit on the bench? The ideology that a rookie quarterback needs to be seasoned is a dying thought process. In fact, some of the most successful quarterbacks in the last decade started immediately as rookies. Good Morning Football’s Kyle Brandt explained it perfectly this week.
Brandt’s clip exploded on the internet over the last 24 hours. Part of the reason for that is because he’s right. Fields played against some of the best competition that you can in college and yet he sits. On the other hand, a small program quarterback like Zach Wilson is already playing in a major market. So why is Justin Fields the quarterback who “needs to wait”?
Perhaps Matt Nagy firmly believes that having Fields wait is the right move. However, after attempting only one pass of more than 15 yards on Sunday, Nagy is clearly playing conservative in multiple facets. His play-calling is once again awful and he’s sitting on the golden ticket that may allow him to remain the Bears’ head coach past this season. Its no secret that there is a conflicting opinion when your OC says what he said to the media.
Nothing has happened yet, but it feels like some locker room turmoil could be in the Bears’ future. Players such as Marquise Goodwin have already shared their displeasure with the lack of an attack downfield. When Bill Lazor called the offense, the offense had the most success fans have seen since 2018. Perhaps Nagy needs to look in the mirror regarding a lot of decisions, otherwise he may be the first coach fired in the 2021 campaign.
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