It has been an admittedly tough start to the season for the Chicago Bears and quarterback Justin Fields but the team is rallying around each other.
General Manager Ryan Poles tried to put a calming stamp on things in a press conference ahead of Thursday’s practice. He also echoed head coach Matt Eberflus and offensive coordinator Luke Getsy in support of Fields on the heels of the quarterback’s comments about his slow start.
In the locker room, it’s circle-the-wagons time.
“We always try to, if somebody’s struggling – anybody, it could be me struggling – the other guys are gonna pick me up,” rookie right tackle Darnell Wright said on September 21. “Justin may pick me up if I’m struggling. And he makes a bad play, so I’m gonna go pick him up. That’s just kind of how we are. … I feel like that’s how you gotta be to try to improve if you want to get better.”
Bears Looking to Pick Each Other Up Amid Early Struggles
Bears Rallying Around Matt Eberflus’ Message
This is not some accident, either. Backup quarterback Tyson Bagent said that head coach Matt Eberflus preaches togetherness amid adversity, especially like the Bears are currently facing.
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Bagent said the conversations in the quarterback room have been business as usual. He also noted that he has not said anything to Fields regarding the comments because the latter handles everything like a professional.
Still, Jaquan Brisker shared his message for the embattled passer.
“That’s my guy,” Brisker said. “Just really just be himself. I played him in college so I know what it’s like to study against him and things like that. I just told him, ‘You been throwing the ball since you was a baby’. So ain’t nothing new. Just be him, and just continue to just stay focused and work on his craft.”
Fields is completing more of his passes for more yards and the offense has scored more points than they did through two games last season.
But the team’s struggles are undeniable as they try to navigate inconsistency on both sides of the ball, ongoing rumors surrounding the departure of former defensive coordinator Alan Williams, and a slew of injuries, again, on both sides of the ball.
They will just have to control what they can control.
Tough Time for Bears to Visit Chiefs
Kansas City’s offense is still finding its footing, ranking 22nd in scoring after leading the league in 2022. But quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 69.7% of his passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran twice, tallying another score on the ground.
The Bears’ defense ranks 31st in points allowed and 25th in passing yards allowed through two games. They have also struggled to generate consistent pressure on the quarterback.
Chicago has just one sack on the season and has struggled to get off the field defensively.
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“Really just positive,” Brisker said about his mindset going in. “Just make sure that we’re keeping the team together, make sure I’m still doing my job. And just focus on today, see where my feet is. … I been leading, so that’s nothing new. But just make sure that we’re on top of everything … and make sure we stay together. That’s it.”