The Chicago Bears wide receiver group is constantly talked about as a problem for this team. The national media has talked about it. Local media has talked about it. It’s all over social media and even a large portion of BearGogglesOn has talked about it — including me.
Skepticism is warranted when it comes to the Chicago Bears and that is because they have not done late enough. We saw a glimmer of hope among the fan base after the 2018 season and that came crashing down once Vic Fangio left and the defense fell from a historically dominant defense in football to a top 10 unit that could not generate takeaways. Matt Nagy’s offense was never able to find his way out of the bottom third of the league. That hope quickly resolved.
Now, with a new regime, a new quarterback, and what looks like a completely different roster, hope is back on the horizon. This does not mean that hope and skepticism can’t coexist. Right now is the time of year when hope is allowed for every team in the NFL — even if unjustified. In fact, even Lions fans come out to start their trash-talking until they see the product on the field in September.
We have no idea what to expect from this team, there have been too many changes. What we do know is that the offense will look completely different. In fact, even the defense will look completely different, but that’s a different story for a different time. This is about the wide receiver group that consistently gets bashed as not good enough to help Justin Fields take the next steps in his career. The thing is, my opinion, your opinion, and even the national media’s opinion mean little compared to one person — Justin Fields.
Justin Fields’ opinion of the Chicago Bears WR group is all that matters
The Chicago Bears wide receiver group currently consists of these players:
- Darnell Mooney
- Byron Pringle
- Velus Jones, Jr.
- Dante Pettis
- Tajae Sharpe
- Equanimeous St. Brown
- David Moore
- Dazz Newsome
- Nsimba Walker
- Chris Finke
- Isaiah Coulter
- Kevin SHaa
In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Justin Fields was asked about this wide receiver group and this is what he had to say:
“We don’t have an Odell [Beckham Jr.] or a Cooper Kupp on our team, but at the end of the day I think if everybody is on their P’s and Q’s, and we’re on top of everything and not making mistakes, the players we have right now are good enough,” he told Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview. “The front office thinks that, too. The fans outside of the facility, they don’t know what’s going on at practice. Just because we don’t have a big-name guy, doesn’t mean those guys aren’t talented. I have plenty of confidence in myself and my teammates that we’re going to get the job done.”
Look, I don’t think Justin Fields or any quarterback is going to bash his own teammates, especially at this point of the season. That said, in the grand scheme of things, Justin Fields’ opinion matters more than any Chicago Bears fan or analyst.
Outside of fields, the coaching staff and front office are the others whose opinions matter most. And honestly, from what we are hearing, Pringle and Jones have looked very good in camp. Is it possible Ryan Poles is building a non-star-studded group that compliments each other in ways that help Fields more than we thought? Fields seems to believe so and that again is what matters most.