Bears’ Justin Fields “has gotten better every week,” says OC – ESPN

Bears' Justin Fields "has gotten better every week," says OC - ESPN

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields ranks last in the NFL in completions (34), attempts (67), passer rating (58.7) and interception percentage (6). As a team, Chicago is 32nd in total passing and passing yards per game and is at the bottom of other statistical passing categories, including the fewest first downs gained by passing (17) and tied for the fewest touchdown passes ( 2).

The first four games of the second season of Fields with the Bears were difficult of some tension. But that’s not how offensive coordinator Luke Getsy described it Thursday.

“I don’t think he’s had a rough month,” Getsy said. “I think he’s gotten better every week. I think he’s growing tremendously. And you know, it’s not easy. We play good football teams, and it’s not easy to become the level of quarterback that he wants to become, and I know. that he can become

“The important thing is that we stay focused, keep our eyes on that progress or on that process and we make sure we improve every week and I believe we are in that phase.”

Fields is completing a league-low 50.7% of his passes and has been critical of his own performances in previous games, notably calling his outing against the Houston Texans in Week 3 “garbage.” The quarterback said he felt the passing game worked better in a 20-12 loss to the New York Giants in Week 4 but noted plays he wished he could have made.

Getsy agreed, pointing to the Bruins’ lack of red zone success (0-3) against the Giants as a point where Fields missed open receivers.

“We have to take the completions when they’re there,” Getsy said. “I think he missed some, you know cheap completions that get you into that second-and-3, second-and-4, which makes the gold zone a lot easier to go scoring. We’ve got to improve on that. We’ve got to go get those little cheap completions and then we’ve just got to execute better in the run game as well. We had some opportunities there.”

Getsy praised Fields for operating within the Bruins’ “process” and how the young quarterback is accomplishing what he’s asked. That’s where the offensive coordinator says his focus is through four games, not a longer-term evaluation of whether Fields is the answer for the Bears at quarterback.

“We have a lot more than just evaluating Justin Fields right now,” Getsy said. “… That’s what everybody wants to evaluate — the quarterback all the time — and I get it. It’s all good. This is a process for all 11. There are so many factors that are going on around Justin and just sitting here and say, ‘Oh, we’re just focusing on whether this guy is going to be the guy or not?’ that’s literally not even on my mind or I don’t think that’s on anybody’s mind in this building.

“We’re just in the process of getting better. How can we get every guy in this building to get better each and every week? As long as we keep getting better, then we’re going in the right direction.”

Meanwhile, running back David Montgomery returned to practice in a limited capacity Thursday after dealing with an ankle injury he suffered in Week 3.

Montgomery said his availability for Sunday’s game at the Minnesota Vikings will be a “game-time decision.” He said he’s not worried about suffering an injury during a contract year.

“I just want to get healthy and go out and play with the guys, honestly,” Montgomery said. “I’m not really into all the contract talk because I’m a firm believer in whatever works, works. That’s the way I see things.”

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