While Justin Fields has received accolades this offseason for his consistent work toward his development, the coaching staff deserves some love, too.
New offensive coordinator Luke Getsy has set up an offense designed to exploit Fields’ strengths with his legs and throwing on the move. The playbook was proof of that notion last Saturday against the Browns.
As RGIII pointed out, the games are all about gameplay action, bootlegs, and Fields getting in motion.
It’s obvious that the pieces Getsy draws are designed for quick reads of Fields. Since Fields’ decision-making in the pocket is still a work in progress, it’s important to detail the plan. Getsy also doesn’t depend on the offensive line to give Fields time in the pocket.
The offense is designed to allow Fields to make a quick decision or get out of pocket. Clearly, the intent of the offense in his wide receivers is also clear. Most of the wide receivers on the current roster are fast, like Darnell Mooney and rookie Velus Jones Jr., who ran below 4.40 in the 40-yard dash.
The plan came to fruition on Saturday. Fields led an impressive first half against the Cleveland Browns in the team’s final preseason game. He finished with 14 completions on 16 attempts, throwing for 156 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.
Griffin III rightly gives his cap to the Bears coaching staff for giving Fields a system he can thrive in without having to play outside of his comfort zone.
Despite the inevitably tough season ahead for the Bears offense, Fields and other long-term players should be excited about the offense in place. Lots of credit goes to Getsy for the plan.