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Chicago Bears Make True Feelings on Justin Fields Crystal Clear

This offseason is going to be chock full of the hottest takes with many pundits set to suggest that the Chicago Bears use the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft (April 27) on a quarterback and move on from Justin Fields. In fact, former New York Jets general manager Mike Tanenbaum has already said he would do just that for Bryce Young of Alabama.

Sitting in the pole position of the annual selection process does come with its fair share of perks. Not the least of which is the ability to take the best passer in the class if need be.

And yet, there was Bears general manager Ryan Poles to all but shut the door on that.

“We’re going to do the same as we’ve always done we’re going to evaluate the draft class,” Poles asserted before hedging. “I would say this, I’d have to be absolutely blown away to make that type of decision.”

Ryan Poles Sends Strong Message On Justin Fields’ Future With Chicago Bears

Justin Fields ‘Did a Good Job…Has to Improve’

Some may hear that Poles is still on the fence about Feilds. But he could also be playing it close to the vest. The more teams that think he may take a quarterback, the higher the asking price for the pick.

Of course, that is not to say that the No. 1 pick will not be used to take Young or another quarterback in Will Levis of Kentucky or Fields’ fellow Ohio State alum C.J. Stroud. It just did not sound like the Bears are too keen on being the team that does it judging from Poles’ comments on the quarterback he inherited.

“I thought Justin did a good job,” Poles offered. “I thought we changed a lot we adapted, we tried to put him in a position to be successful. He showed the ability to be a playmaker, be impactful. He can change games quickly. Does he have room to grow? He does. He has to get better as a passer and I’m excited to see him take those steps as we move forward.”

Fields and the Bears set good and bad records this season both breaking the franchise single-season rushing record and producing its fewest passing yards since 2005.

The second-year passer and former 11th overall pick threw for 2242 yards with 17 passing touchdowns to 11 interceptions. As was evident on the field, his season can be split in half at the Bears’ Week 6 12-7 loss to the Washington Commanders.

Fields spoke of being “tired” of the offense getting close and not finishing.

He went from averaging 144 passing yards per game on 54.8% completion over the first six weeks with four touchdowns and five interceptions to 162 yards per game on 67% completion with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions over his next eight starts before the wheels fell off the offense in Week 17 against the Detroit Lions.

Signs of Justin Fields’ Growth

Even more encouraging for Poles and fans is that more than one-third of Fields interceptions came in two games. Two came in a Week 3 win over the Houston Texans and two more in the Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Fields did not have any other multi-interception games, though fumbles remained an issue.

He led the league with 16 fumbles but he only lost two and had just five in the final eight weeks of the season despite sustained heavy use in the run game.

“I’m excited for the direction he’s going,” Poles said. He knows where he has to improve – I think he mentioned that the other day. So we’re excited about his development and where he goes next. He showed ability to be impactful with his legs, there’s flashes with his arm. Now, if we can put that together, I think we have something really good.”

How can Fields improve?

“Just for things to slow down mentally. And then, be able to react and anticipate quicker. Obviously, with that, we have to continue to build around him so that he can do that consistently as well.”

Ryan Poles Must Do His Part

The Bears spent less than any other team this season while carrying the fourth-largest dead cap hit. All of that has set them up to be major players in free agency if they so choose. They did send out a second-round pick for Chase Claypool whom Poles remains high on and Fields is giving them a reason to do whatever it takes to put even more weapons around him. That includes a front five that had just two members start more than 12 games.

Fields’ bad throw percentage dropped precipitously after Week 7 as his passing attempts rose, going from 4.0 bad throws in 19.9 pass attempts per game (20.1%) over the first eight weeks to 3.2 bad throws in 22.7 attempts(14.3%) across his final eight appearances.

That may be the best sign that his future is bright and that the game is indeed slowing down for him. But, as Poles stated, it is imperative that they put the proper pieces around him creating the proper environment for that to occur. And it doesn’t mean they will focus only on the offense in the draft or free agency.

The defense also allowed the most points in franchise history. This offseason was already critical to the organization’s success, potentially for the next decade if they do it properly.

Bears QB Justin Fields Sounds Off on Lamar Jackson, Ravens

The Chicago Bears had the NFL’s second-best rushing attack coming into their tilt on Monday Night Football. They left out with the best of them all. So, it wasn’t necessarily a renewed commitment to the ground attack that led to their rolling up 243 yards on the ground against the New England Patriots.

But they did alter their approach to that dedication that also had them fourth in attempts going into that game and sitting in second place now.

After the game, quarterback Justin Fields – who had a career-high 14 carries for 82 yards – provided a little insight into how the Bears took advantage of their bye week. He also revealed from where they drew inspiration for the shift.

Justin Fields, Bears Inspired by Lamar Jackson’s Ravens

Bears Highlight Fields’ Strengths

After the Bears’ narrow 12-7 loss to the Washington Commanders at home on Thursday Night Football, head coach Matt Eberflus said he would use the break to reassess everything. That included the lineup after miscues cost them back-to-back games late. It also included their offensive scheme that had ranked 28th in yards per game

That was mostly thanks to a moribund passing attack that still ranks 30th in touchdowns and dead last in attempts and yards.

What was the solution to generating offense and, in some ways, hiding the quarterback and line? The Bears were inspired by one of the most unique players in league history: former NFL MVP and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

“It just brings another whole element to our offense, stealing some plays from the Ravens,” Fields said after the game. “Yup-yup-yup. We got a couple of ones from them.” (h/t Mark Grote/670 The Score)

It certainly worked.

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Retired NFL Vets Sound Off on Bears’ Justin Fields

The NFL can be a fickle place as the Chicago Bears know all too well. Just a week ago they were under fire for dropping a close game at home against the Washington Commanders in primetime. Flash forward just 11 days and, while perhaps not fully sold just yet, folks are coming around to, not only quarterback Justin Fields but also the people in charge of getting the Bears out of misery.

And it’s all because they went into Foxboro and exorcised a laundry list of demons – some not even their own – and took down Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football with a 33-14 final tally.

It was a game that showcased the best of all three phases for a team that had previously gotten in its own way more often than not coming in.

No one embodied that more than the Bears’ second-year passer.

Robert Griffin III, Clay Harbor Sound Off on Bears’ Justin Fields

Bears, Justin Fields’ Big Day

Former NFL tight end-turned-analyst Clay Harbor took to Twitter to highlight a sequence by Fields. It was in the first quarter. The Bears led by three points and were already nearing the red zone around New England’s 34-yard line. In the first half of the clip, Fields goes through his reads before coming back to find former Patriot N’Keal Harry in the middle of the Field.

He followed that up with a scramble that saw him get down quickly rather than risk taking a big hit trying to fight for extra yardage.

After a David Montgomery run on the ensuing play, Fields took it himself for a three-yard score.

That put the Bears up 10-0. But they were far from in the clear as the Patriots scored back-to-back touchdowns following a change at quarterback from Mac Jones to Bailey Zappe and an interception from Fields.

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Triple Zeros: Alex Shapiro – Chicago Bears Season Preview

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Alex Shapiro – Chicago Bears Season Preview

Triple Zeros is happy to welcome Alex Shapiro of NBC Sports Chicago to the show to talk all things Chicago Bears. Training camp and the preseason are now over and Week 1 of the regular season is right around the corner.

Alex shared his thoughts on the differences between the new coaching staff led by Matt Eberflus and the old one led by Matt Nagy. He also spoke on the state of the wide receiving corps beyond third-year man Darnell Mooney and what to make of the chatter about Teven Jenkins getting traded while he’s manned the starting right guard position.

Things switch over to the defense as Alex gets honest about his expectations from the Bears’ pass rush. Will Trevis Gipson take another step? Can Robert Quinn turn in another signature season? What about the secondary with two rookies at cornerback (Kyler Gordon) and safety (Jaquan Brisker)?

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Happy to welcome Rob Schaefer (@rob_schaef) of NBC Sports Chicago and the "Bulls Talk Podcast" to the show! Rob shared his thoughts on the Bulls' surprising season-opening win on the road over the Miami Heat led by DeMar DeRozan's 37-point effort. He also shared his thoughts on the suddenly murky health status of Zach LaVine, the emergence of Ayo Dosunmu, and the quality additions of Goran Dragic and Andre Drummond. All of that and much more! Follow the show on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@JoshGBuck, @3ZerosPod, @ClockerSports), and check out ClockerSports.com today! Heavy on Bulls/Last Word on Pro Football/Soaring Down South — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/triplezeros/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/triplezeros/support
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Triple Zeros – Bears Preseason Catch-Up/Bulls Offseason Recap

Triple Zeros returns with a slew of updates from the Chicago Bears training camp. We’ll go over who the standouts have been, how the team has looked, and what to expect this coming season from the team and second-year quarterback Justin Fields.

We also recap the preseason opener – a 19-14 Bears comeback victory over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs – and get into how much we’ll see of the starters the rest of the summer.

Then, things switch to the Chicago Bulls whose offseason has gone from boring to action-packed. Their stars like Zach LaVine and young guys Dalen Terry have all made been making headlines for all of the right reasons including showing out in pro-ams and training together.

But there are some rumors that force us to ask the tough questions about head coach Billy Donovan and the future of this “win-now” roster after the Eastern Conference got better this summer.

We get into all of that and more from around the NBA and NFL!

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Triple Zeros: Kenneth Davis – Talking Chicago Bears

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Kenneth Davis – Talking Chicago Bears

Kenneth Davis of The Under Center Podcast and WARR Media joins Triple Zeros to talk about his journey and, of course, the Chicago Bears. We go over what to make of wide receiver David Moore’s arrest while making a run for the border. Also, are general manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus completely sold on quarterback Justin Fields? If so, have they done enough to support him? We also touch on why fans should continue to trust, not rush, the process and so much more.

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Triple Zeros: Shoot 3s and Win Championships

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Shoot 3s and Win Championships

Triple Zeros tips the cap to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. That makes four titles in the last eight seasons and seven overall. That and his first NBA Finals MVP should put the legacy talk to bed. Klay Thompson ethered Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. for something that happened during the regular season. Jayson Tatum may be the Boston Celtics’ best player. But he is far from the Kobe Byant replica he fancied himself to be. The latest Chicago Bulls rumor finally brings some positive news while Atlanta Hawks management is pumping the breaks on rumors of sweeping changes. How will Christian Wood getting traded from the Houston Rockets to the Dallas Mavericks impact the trade market this summer? Apparently, nobody wants to pick after the first three selections in the June 23 NBA Draft.

On the NFL side, second-year quarterback Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears wrapped an up-and-down mandatory three-day minicamp. Will the front office do more to surround him with weapons? They could always try to flip disgruntled EDGE Robert Quinn for a pass-catcher. The Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, and Washington Football Team were all fined for excessive hitting in offseason workouts. Chicago (this offseason) and Dallas (next offseason) both lost practices. The New Orleans Saints revealed their new alternate helmets. New York Jets rookie and 10th-overall pick, Garrett Wilson, got a reality check during his appearance on Ryan Clark‘s “The Pivot”. Deshaun Watson‘s camp is anticipating severe punishment from the league as the result of his 24 lawsuits for sexual misconduct.

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Triple Zeros – ‘This is Still Going 7 Games’

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This is Still Going 7 Games

This episode of Triple Zeros kicks off by updating the latest buzz around the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks. The Rudy Gobert rumors took a big blow with a report of the core expected to be back including Nikola Vucevic. But we did get an interesting nugget about their free agency plans. The Hawks have been linked to Utah Jazz center as well as Detroit Pistons forward, Jerami Grant. Will they move John Collins? Will Bogdan Bogdanovic‘s knee hold up after another surgery? Zooming out, Stephen Curry put on a Herculean performance in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. But he needs his co-stars to start co-starring going forward. Where will the next Boston Celtics or Golden State Warriors come from? Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns are negotiating in public. And if Phil Knight’s money is not good enough, who’s is?

On the NFL side, Chicago Bears quarterback, Justin Fields, has both impressed and struggled in camp. While that is expected, the team should do this one thing to help him out this season. Former Bears and new Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman, Akiem Hicks, took a shot at the quarterback history in Chicago. Man, was he spot on. Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp just secured the bag this offseason. Cleveland Browns quarterback, Deshaun Watson, is facing yet another allegation. That makes 24 now. Lamar Jackson‘s contract situation has devolved into a one-sided PR battle. Wal-Mart’s money is better than Nike’s apparently.

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Triple Zeros – He Keeps Doing Them Dirty

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He Keeps Doing Them Dirty

This episode of Triple Zeros starts by taking stock of the NBA Conference Finals, Jimmy Butler delivered on his promise. The Miami Heat took care of business in Game 3 versus Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics. Bam Adebayo and Jaylen Brown both had stellar performances on the evening. In the Western Conference Finals, the Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors just keep coming at Luka Docic and the Dallas Mavericks. Zach LaVine‘s future is becoming more of a debate than is comfortable. But are we just overreacting to the typical process of a first-time free agent?

On the NFL side, the Chicago Bears are starting to push back on narratives. Second-year quarterback Justin Fields came out in defense of his receiving corp. Will they catch some teams by surprise next season? Also, look for Robert Quinn to be a hot ticket item around the trade deadline. The Cleveland Browns took one option off of the board re-signing Jadeveon Clowney. The league also seems to be turning against Washington Commanders owner, Daniel Snyder. But will something actually be done, or is this just more posturing?

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Triple Zeros: Inherent Rookie QB Bias

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‘Rookie QB Bias’

This episode of Triple Zeros starts with some NFL talk with Week 2 of the preseason on tap, Urban Meyer doing the most, and Mitchell Trubisky facing the Bears. Speaking of, their rookie quarterback Justin Fields caught a lot of flack for doing more than the other rookies.

Things switch over to the NBA with the schedule being released on Friday. We go over the opening week and Christmas day games, and first-overall pick Cade Cunningham‘s choice for the G.O.A.T. Plus more Bears, Bulls, and Hawks updates.

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