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The Crossroads of Fields and Futures

On Sunday, the (3-10) Arizona Cardinals are on the road against the (5-9) Chicago Bears. In a match-up of teams who may have different starting quarterbacks next season.

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The Fields Dilemma

The Chicago Bears drafted Justin Fields with the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. They traded up to get make that pick.

The Bears traded up to the 11th pick from the 20th pick. The New York Giants were willing to go back to number twenty after the Bears traded the 20th pick, a fifth round pick from that draft and a 2022 first and fourth rounder.

Chicago truly believed that Fields was going to break the curse of Bears quarterbacks of the past. They have never had a quarterback that passed for more than 4,000 yards in a season.

Fields unfortunately has not lived up to the high expectations. He has shown flashes of being special. Last season he ran for 1,143 yards but the passing has not matched that production.

In his three seasons he has passed for just over six thousand yards with a completion rate of 60.2%. He has 38 touchdown passes and 29 interceptions.

The lack of production has led to the Bears and fans not being sure if he is the future. Plus the Bears own the Carolina Panthers first round pick for this upcoming draft.

The Panthers are currently 2-12 and on pace to have the worst record in the NFL. Which will give the Bears the first overall pick. So, Chicago will have a chance to get who they believe is the best quarterback coming out of college or use that pick to improve the team around Fields.

The Bears may have already made up their mind on what they will do in the off-season but there may still be a chance for Fields to show that he is worthy of being a franchise quarterback. For Chicago or another team.

This will start against the Cardinals on Sunday. The Cardinals defense has been very inconsistent this season. If Fields can take advantage of that, it may be a step in the right direction of saving his career as a starting NFL quarterback.

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