The controversy surrounding Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a long-running saga still unresolved. If Rodgers is indeed set to leave the NFC North, which has been rumored for some time now, is Justin Fields the best quarterback in the division? I think it’s safe to say the Chicago Bears aren’t ready to be ultra-competitive in 2022, but they have a solid foundation to build around Fields. I also think it’s safe to say that Fields is the best quarterback in the NFC North, no matter what happens with the Bears.
Aaron Rodgers is now a grumpy old man
We don’t yet know if Rodgers is officially leaving Green Bay, but speculation is rife. For now, let’s assume he doesn’t leave and plays next season in the ‘Waste-Management’ civvie. At The herd, Colin Cowherd compared Rodgers to Brett Favre and how well their careers have gone. Towards the end of Favre’s time in Green Bay, he constantly reflected on life outside of the Packers organization, and without a slew of playoff wins, it’s easy to see why.
This kind of dispute doesn’t mean the Packers will be bad next year, but they are in salary cap hell and their stars are unhappy. They could potentially lose Rodgers, Davante Adams and other key roster members.
Whatever is going on in Aaron’s head, we know his focus is slipping. He’s already on the Green Bay thinking train even if he plays there in 2022. That being said, his performance next year won’t be as close to the MVP level he achieved in 2020 and 2021. With the right pieces in place, Justin Fields will steal the QB throne from Rodgers in the NFC North.
I sincerely believe that there is fire behind all this smoke and Rodgers will leave Green Bay this offseason. Where he lands is a mystery, but it doesn’t matter to Chicago Bears fans as long as he’s out of NFC North. If that scenario plays out, Justin Fields is next in line to pave the way for quarterbacking excellence in the division.
Justin Fields: QB1 and King in the North
We know the names: Jared Goff and Kirk Cousins. Neither poses a significant threat to the throne with Fields’ name on it. The Vikings spent a lot of money on Cousins and look where that got them. Not much further than where they were with Case Keenum.
The Detroit Lions traded pride and joy with Matthew Stafford but got Jared Goff in return. His more than 3,200 passing yards in 2021 don’t scare me at all when Detroit has a “kneecap” at the head of the pirate ship. The secret is out: Dan Campbell can bark all he wants, but a sinking ship isn’t going to get very far.
So how will Justin Fields fare in his second season in the NFL? A big part of his performance depends on who the Chicago Bears bring in as offensive coordinator. Ryan Poles made a good decision hiring Matt Eberflus as head coach. This organization thrives on defense and has always been known to do so. They need to get back to that elite level, but having multiple defensive building blocks means the goal is close at hand.
Rumors surrounding who the Bears are bringing in as offensive coordinator offer hope. Will the Packers’ Luke Getsy come to Chicago and make Fields a top-five QB? It is certainly plausible and these possibilities are exciting.
We can’t crown Justin Fields just yet, but we can certainly set our expectations reasonably. Is he the best quarterback in the NFC North if Aaron Rodgers is out? Maybe or maybe not. But the future looks bright and greatness is on the horizon. Fields just needs the right person with the right card.
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