The Chicago Bears officially introduced Ryan Poles as the team’s new general manager and Matt Eberflus as the club’s new head coach on Monday, and while the pair certainly offered plenty of quotable moments, the biggest takeaway from the press conference didn’t come from either one of them. Instead, it was Justin Fields. “I really just like the way he carries himself, just his demeanor,” Fields said of Eberflus on Monday. “I feel like his presence … he’s confident when he talks. He knows what he wants to do. He has a plan set in stone, and I’m just ready to lead with him and just get ready for next year.” Fields’ excitement to work with Eberflus is encouraging, but what’s even more important is the fact that his opinion mattered enough to the Bears’ new regime to be included in Monday’s presser. It’s the kind of commitment to the team’s young franchise quarterback that was missing under Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy, who left Fields to spar with Andy Dalton for the leadership role in the locker room in 2021. “I think last year was kind of weird, just me not starting the season being the starting quarterback,” Fields said. “It was kind of a weird leadership role. I think me and Andy would kind of switch off. But now that I am starting off the season as a starting quarterback, I think I’ll be more comfortable playing that leader role. There’s no more, ‘Oh, he’s a rookie, this and that.’ It’s time now, so I’m excited … and I can’t wait to get to work.” Fields beginning year two as the unquestioned leader of the Bears will have a significant trickle-down effect on not just the offense, but the entire team. And having a defensive-minded head coach who won’t prioritize his offense over his quarterback’s development is a positive, too. “Being on the offense, you kind of know what the defense is doing, but you don’t know what fully they’re doing,” Fields said. “You know they’re running a certain type of coverage, but when you have a defensive head coach, he’s able to explain to you what their jobs are, what their certain assignments are in a certain coverage, so I think that’s one plus on having a defensive head coach.” So much for that narrative of the Bears missing the mark by not prioritizing a young offensive-minded coach to develop Fields. Instead, they’ll trust new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy with that responsibility. “(The Packers) had a pretty good offense for the last few years — really, the past I don’t even know how many years,” Fields said. “I’m just glad he’s here, and (I’m) excited to get to work with him.” Excitement is a good way to describe the feeling around Halas Hall right now. There’s an aligned vision at the three most important roles in the franchise: general manager, head coach, and starting quarterback. Monday’s press conference was evidence of that. Whether that excitement will turn into wins on the field is now the responsibility of those same three guys. And with how they presented themselves in their first media appearance, there’s good reason to be confident in their ability to get that job done.
- Oct 02, 2023
- Oct 02, 2023