There’s no mistaking the Bears’ goals when they traded up to draft Justin Fields in last month’s draft. They want him to be the team’s franchise quarterback and lead the way for a Lombardi trophy (or several Lombardi trophies). It seems safe to say that’s Fields’ goal for his NFL career too. But heading into his first professional minicamp, Fields isn’t even the presumptive starter in Chicago. And so he’s set some shorter-term goals for the weekend.
“Just to be crisp with the huddle call,” Fields said. “Making sure I’m precise with my reads and stuff like that. Really taking command of the huddle and show the guys out there that I am leading the offense. That’s pretty much the list of short-term goals I have down for this weekend.
“It’s just you know calling the play call with confidence, having a loud voice and just really taking control over the whole offense and really showing your teammates and the people who are out there on the field with you that you’re the guy out there – that you have full confidence not only in yourself but in your teammates. Even if you do make a mistake, you make it at full speed. I think that’s a couple ways to show that you’re the guy out there and you’re doing all you can to get better.”
Whether or not fans want Fields to impress over the offseason and win the starting job right away, Fields himself knows that likely not in the cards.
“I’m not oblivious,” Fields said. “I know I’m not gonna come out here and, you know, be mistake-free. Mistakes are gonna happen as a rookie. It’s just learning from those mistakes and getting better each and every day. And just progressing.
“I’m just taking it day by day. Focusing on each day, each period, each play, on just perfecting that play and getting better. That’s what I’m going to focus on. I’m going to take it little by little and not look too far ahead and take it day by day.”
Fields reiterated that Matt Nagy has set a plan for his development, so he’s just going to put his head down, get to work, and follow that plan.
“I think it’s very important for the players to trust the coaches and the coaches to trust the players. Whatever coach Nagy has planned for me is what I’m going to do and what I’m going to follow.”