Boomer Esiason: Justin Fields 'can't see a blitz coming from a mile away,' 'is not ready to play'


(670 The Score) Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields had the worst game of his young NFL career Sunday, going 22-of-32 for 184 yards with three interceptions and two fumbles lost in Chicago’s ugly 38-3 loss at Tampa Bay.

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It continued the trend of Fields’ rookie season, as he has posted a 16.7 QBR that ranks dead last in the NFL among qualifying players. And while Fields is working behind a poor offensive line and in a scheme that has come under heavy scrutiny for failing to put him in the best position to succeed, he’s simply not ready for a starting job in the NFL yet in the mind of NFL on CBS analyst and WFAN host Boomer Esiason.

“I understand the frustration of the fans, but I don’t know what to tell you,” Esiason said on the Parkins & Spiegel Show on 670 The Score on Monday afternoon. “Do you want two guys out on the route and then they’re going to be covered by four guys in the secondary and then nobody is getting open and it’s never the kid’s fault? I’m just telling you – they’re hamstrung by the kid’s inexperience. That’s all I’m telling you. I’m not telling you he can’t play in the future. I’m not telling you any of that. I’m just telling you right now, he is not ready to play. And everybody is force-feeding him. And they’re trying to do the best they can, and then of course they lose their right tackle to the COVID concerns right before the freaking game. These are the adverse things that happen in the NFL on a weekly basis. But I’m just telling you, when the rookie quarterback is out there running for his life and can’t see a blitz coming from a mile away, you know, I don’t care what the hell protection you’re calling, he’s going to end up putting himself in a really bad position. And I just think that’s basically what’s going on right now, man. It’s pretty simple – he’s not ready to handle it. That’s all there is to it.”

Fields has been sacked an NFL-high 22 times. He has played in all seven of the Bears' games, including starting the past five.