Justin Fields faced a lot of pressure in the Week 5 loss to the New York Giants
It’s no secret that Wink Martindale doesn’t shy away from calling blitzes and the Bears saw that a good amount in Sunday’s game. But they also allowed pressure without a blitz.
Per Pro Football Focus and Lorin Cox, Justin Fields was under pressure on 51.4% of his drop backs against the Giants. But when he was kept clean in the pocket, Fields was really good as he completed 10 of 14 attempts for 168 yards:
Justin Fields was under pressure on 51.4% of his dropbacks against the Giants.
On plays where he was kept clean, he went 10-of-14 for 168 yards, with a PFF grade of 90.3
— Lorin Cox (@CoxSports1) October 3, 2022
The biggest culprit in this might be center Sam Mustipher. Of the 14 pressures the Bears allowed in the game, Mustipher was responsible for 7 of those pressures. YES, SEVEN. That’s half of the pressures allowed.
Look, Fields hasn’t played well this season and there is a lot of blame to go around for the woes of the offense. But until they can solidify a good starting offensive line, we are going to continue to see struggles from the offense and more from Fields as well.
This might become a throwaway year in a hurry for the Bears and building towards the future should include investing more in the offensive line.
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