3. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
Justin Fields will give the Chicago Bears a tough choice in the offseason. They are likely to receive a top-two pick from the Carolina Panthers, putting themselves in position to draft either Caleb Williams or Drake Maye. But should they?
Fields has shown potential this season, even with Chicago's coaching staff continuing to hold him back. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy is being overly conservative with the play-calling. Unlike the Packers, who are giving Jordan Love every opportunity to throw downfield to fully evaluate his play, the Bears keep calling short passes.
Despite the Bears not helping their young quarterback, Fields has shown potential throughout the season. He led a game-winning drive against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. In eight games this season, Fields has thrown for 1,587 yards, 12 touchdowns, and six interceptions while rushing for 400 yards and a touchdown. He has two four-touchdown performances this year.
The Bears need to let Fields play to his strengths in the final five games. Maybe it doesn't work out and he struggles. But at least they will have a better idea of how good he can be. And what do the Bears have to lose? They are 4-8.
Fields can become an excellent quarterback, but if he stays in Chicago in 2024, the Bears need to upgrade their coaching staff.