Trust the Process: Justin Fields Believes in the Bears’ Developmental Plan
Just as he intended before the events of 2020 pushed it all aside, Matt Nagy’s 2021 preseason plan is to give his starters and regulars an ample work load. And, yes, that means Justin Fields figures to get a ton of work.
There are 50 days between now and Chicago’s first exhibition contest. And while I’m angsty thinking about getting to that date, I find comfort in knowing Fields is on board with the developmental plan that is already in motion, but will take on new life once he takes game snaps.
“If I don’t believe in it then it’s not going to work out,” Fields said, via WGN’s Larry Hawley. “So my job is strictly to get better, to be the best quarterback I can be, and help my team win. That’s what I’m going to do, whether it’s starting or sitting, I’m gonna do whatever is going to help us win.”
On the one hand, what else is Fields going to say?
I don’t imagine a rookie quarterback is going to cause a kerfuffle to start his pro career. But on the other hand, Fields perspective on the matter is what opens my eyes. Rather than focus on not being QB1 out of the gate, Fields is turning his attention to making himself better for whenever his time comes. Between work outs, film study, and meetings with coaches, Fields has the offseason blueprint in place to grow without the immediate pressure that comes with slapping on the QB1 label. And that Fields says he is showing up to camp two weeks early shows how much he wants to work on his craft.
No one has quite spilled the beans regarding the precise details of Fields’ development plan. But having a plan in place is a good start. And having a quarterback dedicated to working through it helps a ton. That it’s someone as talented as Fields only sweetens the pot. If I had a fast-forward button, I’d be tempted to push it forward 50 days. Instead, I’ll trust the process and let things play out. After all, if it’s good enough for Fields, then I guess it’s good enough for me.