With more talent around him and a year of experience in the offense under his belt, expectations are high for Fields, with the Bears counting on him to made strides as a passer in 2023.
Fields blossomed into an electrifying playmaker last season, rushing for 1,143 yards and eight touchdowns on 160 carries and throwing for 2,242 yards with 17 TDs, 11 interceptions and an 85.2 passer rating. His 1,143 rushing yards were the second most by an NFL quarterback behind only the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson’s 1,206 yards in 2019.
Fields also set a single-game record for rushing yards by an NFL quarterback with 178 against the Dolphins. In addition, he became the first quarterback with three TD runs of at least 50 yards, the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era with a rushing TD in six straight games and the first quarterback to rush for at least 70 yards in five consecutive contests since at least 1950.
Fields revealed that the one aspect of his game he’s working on the most this offseason is getting the ball out of his hands quicker.
“Just being more consistent with my quick game stuff,” he said. “I feel like down the field I’m pretty accurate. Just being more consistent with getting the ball out faster, being more accurate, giving my wide receivers, my running backs, tight ends a better chance to catch the ball and run for extra yards. I’m focusing pretty hard on that this offseason.”
Getsy is confident that the continuity he’s developed with Fields will pay dividends.
“I think any time you can be together with somebody and keep that consistency, there’s going to be growth,” Getsy said. “He has a lot more growth ahead of him and we’re excited to tap into that.
“Where he was at this time last year to where he is now, I think he’s just light-years ahead of where he was, and I feel like he has a ton more to grow forward. We’re excited to try to get the best out of him moving forward and keep working toward where we think he can go.”