Let’s take a look back to Week 1, when the Chicago Bears faced off against the Los Angeles Rams and had a particularly uninspiring offensive performance. Andy Dalton’s longest play of the night, and ultimately of his 2021 season before injury, came on a short pass to Marquise Goodwin, going for 19 yards. The passing chart looked like this:
It should come as no surprise then, if that was Dalton’s longest play of the season, that he didn’t have any successful deep passes. In fact, of his 50 pass attempts, he didn’t even try a deep ball down the field — either that, or the Bears weren’t willing to let him do so, or both.
The same can’t be said about rookie quarterback Justin Fields, regardless of whether he’s been the epitome of success out there on the field. One telling stat proves this to be the case, as the Bears are certainly letting him go for it in an effort to get the offense going. As it turns out, no other quarterback has thrown a higher percentage of deep balls, which may also be attributed to how the playcalling has changed.