Now 8 weeks into the first season under the new regime it would appear the Bears are finally starting to find themselves on offense. The first several weeks of this 2022-2023 season were rocky for the Bears offense to say the least, but now after back to back solid performances by Fields and company it looks like things could be on the up and up.
Coming off of a decisive win in New England where the Bears put up 33 points they headed to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. Now while the game ended in a loss, the offense did continue to show growth. Against Dallas Fields went 17/23, 151 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 60 yards rushing, and a rushing touchdown. Stats like that tell me he is starting to mesh with Luke Getsy’s system and vice versa. And though his passing numbers may not be anything too spectacular his work on the ground has got things moving in Chicago.
Over the last three games Justin Fields has not had below 60 yards on the ground. Between designed QB runs and his impressive ability to scramble he has been able to pick up crucial third downs and extend plays. This all coupled with the one two punch of David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert has led to the Bears rushing for 200+ yards in each of the last three games, and that’s who the Bears are at the moment. The Chicago Bears are a running football team. That may not be too much of a surprise to many Bears fans because, well they’ve pretty much always been a running football team.
To me though, this looks like a new run style by the Bears. Fields involvement in the ground game is something new to Chicago. While mobile quarterbacks have been around for a little while now, guys like Lamar Jackson, Jalen Hurts, and Justin Fields are a new breed. These are guys who can get you damn near 100 rushing yards in any given game. Their mobility adds a whole new threat for defenses to watch out for, and that is something that Eberflus, Getsy, and the offensive staff are seeing and taking advantage of.
In the coming weeks I hope to see the Bears continue to develop their offensive style. Keeping teams on their toes with the ground game will begin to open up big plays for the passing game. That looks to be the Bears identity on offense. They run the ball all over you and take the deep shots when they open up the defensive backfield. The deep shots need some work but, as with anything they should come along with practice and time. With their identity found things are shaping up for Justin Fields and the Bears offense.