No quarterback around the NFL is getting sacked like Chicago Bears rookie Justin Fields.
In fact, it is not even close.
Fields was sacked four more times in Sunday’s 38-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs, bringing his total to 22 times he has been sacked this season, which makes him the league leader ahead of Ryan Tannehill, Sam Darnold and Lamar Jackson — all with 21.
But that does not even paint the full picture.
Fields has attempted just 131 pass attempts, which ranks 30th in the league. He has been sacked 14.4% of the time he has dropped back to pass. No other quarterback in the NFL eclipses the 10% mark, according to Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.
This is the result of a perfect storm of a rookie quarterback learning to read the pass rush and get rid of the ball quickly while working behind a shoddy offensive line.
Some may even say the play-calling isn’t helping matters, either.
Fields, whom the Bears traded up to select with the 11th overall pick in the draft, has not performed well since he was named the starting quarterback following a Week 4 win over the Lions.
The rookie has thrown for only two touchdown passes in five games started and has six interceptions on the year, plus two lost fumbles, in addition to all the sacks.
Head coach Matt Nagy said Fields had earned the starting job over Andy Dalton, who was injured in Week 2, at the time of his decision.
Either Fields was not ready or he was put in a situation to fail behind a lackluster offensive line. Regardless, it does not bode well for Nagy or the Bears if they can’t resolve these issues sooner than later.