Luke Getsy: I don’t think Justin Fields had a rough month
As pointed out by Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Bears quarterback Justin Fields currently ranks last in completions (34), completion percentage (50.7), interception rate (6 percent), and passer rating (58.7).
So it seemly raised a few eyebrows among the Bears’ beat when offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said the following during his Thursday press conference:
“I don’t think he’s had a rough month. I think he’s gotten better each week,” he said. “I think he’s grown tremendously.
“And it’s not easy. We’re playing good football teams. It’s not easy to become the level of quarterback that he wants to become and I know he can become. The important thing is we stay focused. We keep our eyes on that process and we make sure we get better each and every week. And I believe we’re in that phase.”
That prompted a reporter to follow up with, can you tell there’s a disparity in the way the team sees Fields and the way everyone else does based on the questions you’re getting asked?
“I know what I know, and I believe what I believe. And what we do in this building is what we pay attention to,” Getsy said. “The questions that you ask, that’s your right to ask whatever you want. And as long as we stay focused on what we know and what we believe in, we know that in the end, we’re going to get to where we want to get to.”
Getsy also cited Fields’ toughness as one of the quarterback’s top qualities when asked what might constitute struggling.
“[T]o be able to handle and deal with what he’s dealing with, it’s impressive that a young man like that can be that strong and that tough,” Getsy said. “To take hits that he takes week in and week out and stand back up there, that speaks volumes about that young man.”
Overall, Fields is 34-of-67 passing for 471 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s rushed for 147 yards with a TD while also taking 16 sacks.
Despite their struggles in the pass game, Chicago is 2-2 thanks to its defense and running attack. But unless Fields and the passing attack improve significantly, the Bears appear unlikely to win many games this season.