(670 Score) Ron Veal, the personal trainer of Chicago quarterback Justin Fields, was scheduled to travel to Cleveland last September to see Fields make his first NFL start.
Instead, airline cancellations forced Veal to stay. He missed a horrible game in which Fields was sacked nine times and the Bears managed just 47 net rushing yards in a 26-6 loss to the Browns. Fields struggled in part because of an offensive game plan that didn’t prioritize his protection.
“I’m pretty glad I didn’t go because he took a beating that day,” Veal told The Parkins & Spiegel Show on Friday. “But, yeah, it was a bit crazy and weird at the same time. Why would you leave those two (tackles) unassisted?
“I know he was a little pissed off about it, but I didn’t get an explanation, and I really didn’t ask because I know he was in a situation where he was really pissed off at this subject.”
Fieldes completed 58.9% of his passes for 1,870 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a rookie last season. He started 10 games, the first against the Browns on September 26. The Bears fired general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy after last season, one in which Chicago went 6-11.
Fields, 23, has spent the past two months training with Veal, whom he has worked with since sixth grade. Fields went through 16 practices with Veal, and Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney and tight end Cole Kmet joined him for part of the time.
Fields and Veal emphasized specific parts of his game.
“We’re trying to speed up his throws a bit more,” Veal said. “We’re trying to speed up his delivery a bit more so he can kick the ball in time.
“A little more anticipation. Those are the things we focused on.”