Luke Getsy backs Justin Fields' play: 'He's grown tremendously'

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy doesn’t share the viewpoint that most pundits have in assessing second-year quarterback Justin Fields’ performance in the first four games of the season.

Getsy on Thursday offered an endorsement of Fields’ performance early on, explaining that he sees marked improvement despite the poor production on the stat sheet.

“I don't think he's had a rough month,” Getsy said. “I think he's gotten better each week. I think he's grown tremendously. It’s not easy. We’re playing good football teams. It’s not easy to become the level of quarterback that he wants to become and I know he can become. The important thing is that we stay focused, keep our eyes on that process and we make sure we get better each and every week. I believe we’re in that phase.”

Fields has completed 50.4% of his passes this season for 471 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions in four games. His 26.2 QBR is the second-worst mark in the NFL, as it’s only better than that of the Panthers’ Baker Mayfield among qualifying quarterbacks. The Bears rank 32nd in passing yardage and 31st in total offense and scoring offense.

Getsy pointed to how Fields has missed some opportunities that would’ve improve his individual performance while expressing pride in how he has battled this season.

“It takes a lot,” Getsy said. “The toughness that kid has to be able to handle and deal with what he’s dealing with, it’s impressive that a young man can be that strong and that tough. To take hits that he takes week in and week out and to extend back up there, that speaks volumes of that young man.”

The Bears (2-2) visit the Vikings (3-1) on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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