Ryan Poles: Bears' belief in Justin Fields is 'sky high'


(670 The Score) The Bears didn’t use their most precious draft capital last weekend to support the offensive side of the ball, but those decisions weren't in any way related to their view of second-year quarterback Justin Fields, general manager Ryan Poles said.

Poles shared high praise for Fields during an interview on the Mully & Haugh Show on Friday morning.

“My level of belief is sky high,” Poles said. “And the one thing you can tell, the way this guy is moving around the building right now, is he is locked on. He is focused. And he wants to be great. He’s a first-in, last-out type guy. Not even type guy – he is that guy, and he’s pulling this team together. You can tell the (trust) he has with other people. All these guys, they’re showing up, they’re going to work. They’re doing extra with him. He’s locked in with (offensive coordinator) Luke (Getsy).”

Fields, 23, completed 58.9% of his passes for 1,870 yards, seven touchdown and 10 interceptions in 12 games as a rookie in 2021 while posting a 73.2 quarterback rating. Poles believes he’s now set to take the next step, in part because of his strong work ethic.

“It’s really cool to see,” Poles said. “His presence is showing up, and he’s starting to take over. Obviously, we got to get to camp and we got to get to preseason games. There’s a long journey here, and there will be some ups and downs, especially with a new system that he’s got to get through. I know he’s cleaning up some techniques. So it’s not all going to be perfect, but it’s coming. And my belief is sky high with him.”

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