Matt Eberflus: Bears believe Justin Fields will take a 'big jump' in 2022


(670 The Score) The Bears hope to have finally addressed their elusive void at quarterback with Justin Fields, who's now playing for a new regime as he enters his second NFL season.

Whether Fields becomes what the Bears believe he can be will depend in large part how he grows in his second year and how he adapts to the changes around him. With that in mind, new head coach Matt Eberflus is confident in what’s to come for the 23-year-old Fields.

“The development of him for the second year should be a big jump,” Eberflus told reporters Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Florida. “It should be. That’s what we’re looking for. We’re looking for better technique, better fundamentals, better decision-making, better timing, everything. And he’s all on board with that. He’s excited about where he is. He’s been working his tail off. That’s what we want, just that big jump from year one to year two.”

The No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Fields played in 12 games as a rookie. He completed 58.9% of his passes for 1,870 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Chicago was 2-8 in his 10 starts and 6-11 overall.

The Bears fired general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy at the end of this past season, replacing them with new general manager Ryan Poles and Eberflus.

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