The Chicago Bears came into 2023 with a lot of hope. They retooled their roster around Justin Fields. DJ Moore was brought in to help the receivers. Tremaine Edmunds was supposed to anchor an improving defense. The offensive line was retooled to help protect the franchise quarterback. Everything went wrong on Sunday and Fields apologized to the fans after the game.
Chicago Bears Justin Fields Apologizes To Fans
Everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. While there were a couple of bright spots, the Packers dominated the game.
“It definitely hurts, not only because it’s the first game of the season and it’s a loss, but it’s a loss to them,” Fields said, per the Chicago Tribune. “Just want to say sorry to teammates and all the fans that were rooting for us. We’ll bounce back and be good.”
Fields remains optimistic about the rest of the season. It is just one game but the number of things that went wrong in this game brings up more concerns for the rest of the season.
A Laundry List Of Concerns
The offensive line looked terrible. It doesn’t matter what weapons a team has on offense if the quarterback doesn’t have time to throw the ball. The defensive line had the lowest pass rush rate since 2021 according to PFF. Chase Claypool looks like one of the worst trades in the history of the league. On top of that, the linebackers who they spent a boatload of money on gave up a huge day to running back Aaron Jones. For a team that is trying to show they are better, it looks a lot like 2022.
The Chicago Bears are going to need more Justin Fields magic if they are going to compete in 2023. The roster looks like a mess after week 1. Hopefully, they can figure some things out this week and bounce back in week 2.