Good NFL teams need “a dozen or so difference-makers,” Bears consultant Bill Polian said. The Rams and Bengals, who will play in the Super Bowl, have more.
Justin Fields wasn’t on Polian’s blue-chipper list, though he was careful to say that wasn’t a knock on the quarterback who played only 12 games as a rookie. Polian said he sees in Fields precisely what new GM Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus articulated when they were hired.
“The talent level — the arm talent, the athleticism, the size, the ability to move — you can see all those things,” he said. “That’s just the clay that has to be molded into a finished product. We don’t know what the finished product is gonna look like. And we won’t know probably for another two years, maybe three.”
He knows the expectations put on Fields. He doesn’t think they’re fair.
“They’ve gotta do it first,” he said. “That’s the problem — we put so much burden on these guys. They can’t even find their way to the dining hall and media is anointing them as stars. Goodness gracious, give him a chance to grow.”