When it comes to revitalizing the Chicago Bears offense, the biggest changes – at this point in the offseason – have centered around who sets up/calls plays instead of who actually executes them on the field. .
To be fair, both areas needed to be addressed as the schedule moved from 2021 to 2022. But as there was no added impact in terms of player personnel on the attacking side of the ball, there is a natural focus on what new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and his scheme can do to elevate quarterback Justin Fields.
And while we won’t see what that will look like until training camp, practices and games, head coach Matt Eberflus opened up a window into what that offense was all about in a podcast interview with Cris Collinsworth. .
Here is an excerpt from Eberflus describing the breach:
“It’s a foul of pace and timing. He’s based on the west coast system. I think it’s going to be very friendly for him. He’s been friendly to the quarterback for a lot of guys in the past And you can see the way he’s trained in. The pace and timing of the passing game is really going to help him understand when to get rid of the ball, what his progressions are – if they’re pure progressions, if they’re yes-no progressions, whatever. He’s going to have a clear understanding of what offense is, and he’s doing a really good job of understanding that and helping to teach it to other players as well.
It’s encouraging to hear how Fields reacts to the start of Getsy’s system. Specifically, how comfortable Fields is right now (especially with the mention of Fields teaching offense to his teammates). Diving into a new offensive system is one thing. But being a quarterback who can get the information, understand it and pass it on to others is very important. It won’t always be sunshine and rainbows as Fields transitions from offense to offense, but it looks like Getsy-Fields’ effort is laying a solid foundation. I guess that’s what happens when you give your full attention to your team’s quarterback and a full roster of reps.
We’re going to get into the nitty-gritty of what this offense is and what it can be in due course. Just as you have to crawl before you walk, before Fields starts dropping pennies to receivers, it’s important that he learns the intricacies of the offense. And it looks like he’s doing it to his head coach’s satisfaction.
We’ll share more of the podcast later. But for more on Eberflus now, you can watch the full interview below: