Fields Talks Misses, Harry Goes to Work, Let Teven Cook, and Other Bears Bullets

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Fields Talks Misses, Harry Goes to Work, Let Teven Cook, and Other Bears Bullets

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The Chicago Cubs put a bow on the 2022 regular season with a 15-2 win against the Cincinnati Reds. And here I am wondering how in the heck the Bears are going to score 15 points, something they failed to do done far too often for my liking in recent years.

  • N’Keal Harry’s return isn’t going to turn the Bears into an offensive juggernaut overnight. But his presence could be helpful. With that being said, it was nice to see Bear Report’s Zack Pearson share this clip of Harry working in individual drills:
  • Have the first four games been a slog? Yes, absolutely. No argument here, even if the 2-2 record is better than what some were expecting in the early going. Are we looking for something that can be fun to follow? Definitely. No one wants to follow a slog all year. So, in a year where the Bears are working from the ground up, I am finding myself rooting for good stories to develop. And there aren’t many that would rival Harry’s breakout after all he has been through. If you’re looking for something fresh to root for, it’s Harry.
  • With that being said, there is no reason to rush him back. It has been a little more than 7 weeks since the surgery. And even though there will be a temptation to shove Harry into the lineup because of the human desire to get an immediate return on investment, rushing a guy back from injury is a recipe for disaster. But that Harry is participating in individual drills is a nice start. The Bears have 20 days to activate Harry from IR.
  • Win or lose, there is nothing like a solid episode of Mic’d Up:
  • On the other side of the line, I’d like to see more of Teven Jenkins:
  • And maybe we’ll get it with Cody Whitehair landing on IR with a knee injury. Then again, I hate the idea that it took an injury to the team’s longest-tenured offensive lineman to get the blocker with the most upside into a larger role.
  • Here’s hoping Jenkins had a good practice yesterday:
  • We can talk about line moves until we’re blue in the face. But until Justin Fields starts hitting the receivers in the few chances he gets, then this offense is going nowhere. It isn’t much, but I take solace in Fields at least understanding what’s going wrong. His explanation as to why he didn’t hit a wide-open Darnell Mooney (via NBCS Chicago) is somewhat refreshing:

“Mooney ran how we ran that play last year,” Fields said. “The number three receiver, if we get that coverage he takes the middle of the field last year. But this year we are getting over to the other side of it, like it would be 2 out of 2 and then just hit that same landmark from 3 by 1 but that play, that coverage most likely thinking one on one with the back check down and of course I’m scrambling. I was just doing what I was told.”

  • That Fields makes mention of the difference in the route this year compared to last year tells me that this group still has work to do in acclimating itself to the new offense. Particularly in the passing game. And specifically when it comes to how Fields should be reading the field. Old habits die hard. And that missed opportunity goes to show how much work he (and the offense as a whole) have to do to be better moving forward.
  • These tweets will surely elicit calm and level-headed takes from Bears fans:
  • Firstly, I’m not ready to write off Fields just yet. Secondly, the evaluation process is still ongoing. There are still 13 games to play this season. And while I don’t believe we’ll have all the answers to our questions about Fields as a franchise quarterback, I believe we’ll have more clarity by the time January rolls around than we do now.
  • Finally, if the Bears front office members aren’t doing their due diligence on quarterbacks, then they aren’t fully doing their job. Quarterback is the most important position in the game. And arguably the most important position in all of American professional sports. Getting that position right is disproportionately more critical than any other spot on the field. Just like good baseball organizations are always looking for more top-of-the-line starting pitching, good football teams should always be on the lookout for quality quarterbacking. Full stop.
  • The Sun-Times, Tribune, and Bears were reflecting on the passing of Jerry Vainisi — the general manager of the Super Bowl XX championship-winning Bears.
  • It is nice to see some of the people working behind the scenes get some limelight:
  • Having worked in the industry has made me cynical in some areas, but even I feel as if this is good news for Sun-Times readers, writers, and newsies all around:
  • A man in a Packers hat risks it all to catch a ball:
  • I assume Draymond Green and Jordan Poole getting into it at practice was a direct result of a way-too-intense game of Pickleball:

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.