On Tuesday, Matt Eberflus and company began voluntary minicamp workouts. To no surprise, the leader of the Chicago Bears' offense, Justin Fields, was in attendance at Halas Hall.
Upon meeting with reporters, Fields already sounds like a different player. Overall, he radiated an increased sense of confidence in his ability to lead his team.
Reporters got right to the point by asking him about his first season. When asked if he was put in a position to succeed in 2021, Fields responded, "I don't know. But at the end of the day that doesn't matter. You have to handle what you've got and try to make the best out of it."
It seems he has moved on from last year's tribulations whether or not he feels the old regime is to blame for it.
But the second part of Fields' response will likely apply to his second NFL season as well. He will have to handle the pressure -- quite literally -- behind a new and somewhat inexperienced offensive line. And as the Bears roster currently stands, Fields must also navigate not having a true No. 1 wide receiver. Furthermore, the tight end room is full but doesn't have a long-term answer.
The Bears are looking big picture and the 2022 season will surely consist of growing pains. But the question Fields needs to answer while handling such circumstances is an extremely important one: does he fit in Luke Getsy's offense?
Justin Fields' On-Field Adjustments
It seems the relationship between Justin Fields and Luke Getsy is off to a productive start. The Chicago Bears' signal-caller addressed a change in his mechanics with help from his new offensive coordinator.
Getsy has Fields putting his left foot forward to help speed up his timing.
Last season, Fields was the 10th most sacked quarterback (36 times) mainly due to a bad and inexperienced offensive line. Despite Fields' elusive ability with his feet, the pocket collapsed far too often. Altering his footwork should shorten Fields' release time and help keep him off his back.
Of course, these developments are just the infancy stages of the new regime's impact. But planting the seeds early to ensure the proper process is in place could pay off long-term for Fields and the Bears.