Terry Bradshaw on Justin Fields: 'If you can’t throw from the pocket, it’s hard to win in this league'


(670 The Score) Hall of Famer and longtime NFL on FOX analyst Terry Bradshaw is a big fan of Bears quarterback Justin Fields, but he’s also worried about what he has seen from Fields to this point in his career.

“Justin just looks like Justin,” Bradshaw said in evaluating Fields’ play in the Bears’ 38-20 loss to the Packers on Sunday. “He can run like crazy, and he needs movement to create his passing. The pocket stuff has not gotten there yet. I’m not quick to judge quarterbacks, but Jordan Love is in his fourth year, and look at what he’s done. You look at other young quarterback who are No. 1 picks that are having an impact on their football team. And while he’s a gifted young man and maybe (Luke) Getsy’s offense, maybe there still aren’t enough weapons, but I’m just sitting there wondering – I’m kind of lost. I want him to do so well, and it just doesn’t happen. He does incredible things, but from the pocket – look, I’m 75 years old, I am so old school, and I’ve done a good job of educating and moving myself to the modern era of the NFL, but if you can’t throw from the pocket, my friend, it’s hard to win in this league. I don’t care how talented you are.”

Fields was 24-of-37 for 216 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Bears’ loss to the Packers, which marked the first game of his third NFL season. Bradshaw then pointed out how with young quarterbacks, you usually know quickly whether they’ll turn into your franchise star.

“I’m not seeing that, I’m just not seeing it,” Bradshaw said of the 24-year-old Fields. “I don’t know that I’ll ever see it. I just don’t know if I’ll ever see it. I don’t know what the hold-up is. I’m not in the quarterback room.

“I’m not seeing the threat down the field, the medium (passing attack). I just don’t see the passing that I want to see from an NFL quarterback, I don’t care who it is.”

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