Over the past year, there has been a lot of talk about whether Justin Fields could be the next great franchise quarterback for the Chicago Bears. For former Bears passer Jay Cutler, he thinks Fields has what it takes to live up to the high expectations that have been placed on him.
Addressing the Chicago Sun-TimesCutler gave the former Ohio State standout his stamp of approval.
“If the Bears start winning…hopefully they will,” Cutler said. “And I hope Justin does, and I hope he’s the next big thing here and he’s the best quarterback to come out in Chicago Bears history.”
Fields is coming off a roller-coaster rookie campaign last year, as although there has been much speculation that former Bears head coach Matt Nagy would choose to name him the starting quarterback of the team for Week 1, Andy Dalton got the nod instead. Fields ended up making his first start of the season in the Week 3 road loss to the Cleveland Browns, and he finished the year with 270 total pass attempts in 12 total games.
Fields is expected to feature in an offense guided by head coach Matt Eberflus and offensive coordinator Luke Getsy. He’s already had the opportunity to work with both during the Bears’ OTAs.
Cutler, who played under six different offensive coordinators during his run in Chicago, sees the team need to formulate some stability around Fields.
“I like him…he has all the tools, but it’s the same problem the Bears have had for a long time: they’re changing coaches and OCs,” Cutler said. “It’s tough for a quarterback. You look across the league, and the guys who are really good at quarterbacking have the same coaches and the same systems every year.
“It’s like learning another language. It’s like if I say to you, ‘Hey, you have to learn Spanish this year, and next year learn Italian and the next year learn Chinese’, it’s not going to be easy.
Fields will then have the opportunity to deepen his understanding of Getsy’s offense during the team’s training camp schedule later this month.