Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy knew he had a ton of work to do if he was going to help Justin Fields rise as a quarterback. Already during their first months working together, it’s obvious that the young coach knows what he’s doing. His first order of business was changing Fields’ footwork, learning how to take his drops, and how to mix in the pocket properly. Then he moved on to the throwing motion, teaching the QB how to speed up the process until he could get the ball out fast enough to dodge passers.
Now it looks like the Bears coaching staff are adopting more comprehensive methods. It was evident during Friday’s training camp practice. The defense wore scout team jerseys, meaning they operated with specific looks the Bears expect to see from their opponents this year. Doing this less than two weeks into camp is unusual. Beat writers Adam Jahns and Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic admitted it was by far the first they had ever seen. Getsy explained during her presser why it was done.
This is a minor comment but carries significant weight.
It shows the Bears coaching staff is already looking ahead to what’s to come this season. Most important of all is how seriously they take NFC North games. They know the division determines the success or failure of a regular season more than anything in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, their two biggest rivals, both have 3-4 defenses. It makes perfect sense for the attack to train against these looks as often as possible.
Other opponents like the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons will also run it. It’s been seven games since the Bears will likely see a 3-4 lineup. Seven games can change the course of a season, especially if a team comes in unprepared.
Luke Getsy has a plan for Fields, and it’s slowly unfolding.
This may seem unusual to foreigners. Of course he has a plan. He’s a trainer. That’s what they’re supposed to have. They do not understand. They did not live the last four years of Matt Nagy. It became apparent so many times during that time that the former head coach had no real plans for his quarterbacks. The lack of preparation during those years was appalling and a major reason the offense consistently ranked among the worst in the NFL.
It’s already evident that Luke Getsy is much better prepared for this job than Nagy was. Having extensive experience in several different offenses plays a big part in this. He’s seen how other coaching teams go about cultivating the quarterback position. Now he’s applying those lessons to Fields, and the early signs are positive.
The young QB already looks sharper and more efficient.
There will be bumps in the road ahead. Learning a new offense takes time. Errors occur. The goal is to steadily limit them until the good far outweighs the bad. Getsy is above it all, which is exciting.
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