The Chicago Bears take on the New York Giants this Sunday in a strange matchup. The Bears are without their first-round draft pick in the 2022 NFL draft and that pick is owned by the Giants. Theoretically, the Giants want to lose to the Bears to improve their own draft pick. Now that Matt Nagy's job is on thin ice more than ever, he will undoubtedly want to win the final two games of the season. That's fine, but they need to do it with a different quarterback. The Bears need to shut Justin Fields down for the remainder of the season.
Justin Fields in 2021
It's no secret, Justin Fields had a rocky start to his NFL career. In twelve games, Fields threw for over 1,800 yards, seven touchdowns, and ten interceptions. He sports just under a 59% completion percentage and has also rushed 72 times for 420 yards and two touchdowns.
The number of times Fields was sacked is staggering, especially in only twelve games. He took 36 sacks this year with an awful twelve fumbles on the year as well, losing eight of them. Needless to say, the numbers are a reflection of his ability and the offense surrounding him. Matt Nagy's incomprehensible offensive "scheme" isn't helpful to any young quarterback. When the cameras on television catch Nick Foles saying "the offense doesn't work", no quarterback can save it.
Shut Justin Fields down
The Bears have nothing left to play for. Practice reps under a head coach who likely won't be here next season will only hinder the progress Fields made. The offensive line hasn't been good enough to protect him. Teven Jenkins is still getting used to the NFL. So, his final two games can be very beneficial, but at what cost? Sacrificing, or at the least putting in jeopardy, the health of the franchise quarterback is not a price the Bears should be willing to pay for offensive line practice reps.
Thursday Injury Report
The Bears' Thursday injury report has some positive news and some negative. Unfortunately, their franchise QB is still dealing with an ankle injury, in addition to some of his fellow teammates. The good news is, the Bears don't need him in order to play this meaningless game against the Giants.
Matt Nagy and the Bears limited Fields and offensive lineman Jason Peters today. It's not likely that Peters will suit up again for the Bears as his ankle injury is still causing him issues. Marquise Goodwin and J.P. Holtz also did not practice at all today.
Darnell Mooney, Andy Dalton, Eddie Goldman, Cairo Santos, Teven Jenkins, and the Pro Bowl return specialist Jakeem Grant Sr. all practiced in full today. It's specifically good news that kicker Cairo Santos is returning to full strength. He's been a bit of a safety net for the Bears lately after their kicking woes in previous years. Mooney and Goldman are solid pieces of this team going forward
The Bears host the New York Giants on Sunday before they travel to Minnesota in January to finish the season. For the first time in his head coaching career, Matt Nagy's squad will end the year below .500.