Bears quarterback Justin Fields completed the common season with a 2-8 file because the group’s starter. He threw 7 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, finishing simply 58.9 p.c of his passes and averaging simply 6.9 yards per try.
There have been some shiny spots although. Fields rushed for 420 yards on the season. He demonstrated a blossoming reference to younger extensive receiver Darnell Mooney. Additionally, regardless of being one of the pressured quarterbacks within the NFL, Fields had a 73.2 passer rating under pressure — larger than fellow rookies Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson.
If Bears followers wish to take a look at these positives and really feel excited, then by all means, go proper forward. One factor you completely shouldn’t base the success/failure of Fields’ rookie season on although, is his following on Instagram.
Look what the Bears have achieved to their followers. That is what 12 years of Jay Cutler and Mitch Trubisky does to individuals. It turns them into slobbering messes on the lookout for any motive to defend Ryan Tempo’s draft day choices. I imply, Instagram followers? Actually? I imply, if that’s how we’re doing issues then the Raiders made an enormous mistake by cutting Will Compton for the second time in a week. That man has 130 thousand followers on Twitter — greater than Aaron Donald, Shaq Barrett, Fred Warner, and Eric Kendricks. CLEARLY, the Raiders simply reduce one of the valued and revered NFL gamers, proper?
Or…and simply hear me out on this one. Possibly the Raiders reduce a mediocre soccer participant who has amassed a considerable social media following as a result of they perceive how you can use social media. Hmm? No, that may’t probably be proper. In any case, Johnny Manziel had 1.7 million followers earlier than deleting his entire Instagram page in 2019, and everyone knows how revered he’s within the NFL.
Clearly, that is an abysmal option to measure respect in any sport. Should you perceive social media in any respect, it is smart why Fields has gathered such an enormous following after only one yr within the NFL. For one, he performed at one of many prime faculty packages in America and, regardless of by no means profitable a nationwide championship, is taken into account among the best quarterbacks to ever play at Ohio State. Fields was drafted to one of many NFL’s most historic franchises and started a quarterback controversy earlier than ever taking a snap for the Bears. The Bears have all the time been a proud franchise, however have by no means had a real star quarterback.
Of their historical past in the course of the Tremendous Bowl Period, just one quarterback drafted by the Bears has ever made 100 profession NFL begins: Jim McMahon. Whereas McMahon was undoubtedly a pivotal a part of the Bears’ victory in Tremendous Bowl XX, he was additionally by no means an elite quarterback within the NFL, incomes his championship ring whereas being carried by an all-time nice protection and a man named Walter Payton. Fields is the subsequent in line to attempt to break the streak, and the US’ third-largest market is placing all of their religion in him. That’s going to attract loads of consideration.
All of that mixes right into a quarterback who’s going to get loads of appears to be like on social media. Positive, he’s not probably the most energetic, posting possibly as soon as every week at most, however that’s not going to matter given every thing else I’ve mentioned.
who has zero social media following within the NFL? Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Justin Herbert, Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers, and lots of different well-respected present and former NFL quarterbacks. I perceive there’s a distinction between having a small following on social media and never being on social media in any respect, however these guys simply go to point out that what number of on-line followers you’ve doesn’t dictate how good a soccer participant they’re.
You must by no means decide a person on imaginary web factors whether or not it’s constructive or unfavourable. Fields confirmed some promise in 2021. Now, he’ll get a full offseason with a hopefully competent head coach, who may also help springboard him into superstardom subsequent yr. Or possibly he’ll flounder in his sophomore season and end final place within the NFC North. We’ll see what number of followers are bragging about his social media following then.