Bernstein: Luke Getsy, what the hell were you thinking?


(670 The Score) The quarterback already doing the most with the least was clearly ailing and needed something more from his coaches than that.

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Justin Fields and the Bears had the ball at their own 25-yard line down 27-24 to the Falcons with 1:47 left Sunday. That would end up the final score after offensive coordinator Luke Getsy called a pair of designed runs to start the series, with both plays ending in a big hit on Fields, including a late and unflagged head shot. Fields' final play was a jump pass off the fingertips of teammate David Montgomery that was intercepted by Jaylinn Hawkins.

It looks like this will be another week of misplaced and ill-considered narratives that rely on the hoariest of football canards: "learning how to win" and the like. But all that really matters is how hurt Fields is now and why he was asked to do what he was. It made no sense.

Fields was first seen stretching his legs on the sideline while lying on his back, later getting Theragun treatment on his hamstring while lying face down. He left the game holding his left shoulder too, perhaps the most unnerving development of all. He was shown still doing so after being X-rayed.

He rushed for another 85 yards, completed 14 of 21 throws and became the second player in NFL history to record both a rushing and passing touchdown in five straight games. Even when at something less than his full athletic ability in the second half, Fields orchestrated a game-tying drive as only he can. His elusiveness and awareness bought time for a gorgeous 32-yard pass to Montgomery, and then an impossible scramble on 3rd-and-12 opened up a throw to Equanimeous St. Brown that moved the Bears into position to score.

More help would be nice, if he's even OK.

His offensive line struggled in the absence of their typically overwhelming run game. Missing Khalil Herbert with Fields banged up conspired to lessen the Bears' sizzle, with Trestan Ebner showing nothing and right guard Michael Schofield reminding us why he was initially benched in preseason. Why Teven Jenkins didn't play also must be addressed, because he was healthy enough to have a spot on the active gameday roster.

The Atlanta defense played a mostly smart and physical game too, choosing the option of coverage instead of pressure against Fields, keeping more sets of eyes on him. If this starts to build conventional wisdom for how to contain his explosiveness, the response would be to employ route combinations of verticals and overloads downfield, if the Bears think they can create and hold a representative pocket from which he can work. It looks like a big ask with this line.

Get Fields all the ice, rest and anti-inflammatories he needs. Get him as many medical opinions as possible to be smart about the next steps. Get him better protection up front and more open receivers down the field. Get him officials that recognize a late hit to the head.

And ensure that his coordinator doesn't do that to him again, ever.

Dan Bernstein is the co-host of the Bernstein & Holmes Show on middays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on 670 The Score. You can follow him on Twitter @Dan_Bernstein.

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