As many rookie quarterbacks do, Bears first-round pick Justin Fields took way too many sacks in 2021.
Whether it be because Fields was holding onto the ball too long, missing reads or there was just an overall lack of protection; Fields held the highest sack rate in the NFL (11.8).
And it wasn't all that close.
Fellow rookie Zach Wilson was second in that category, getting sacked on 10.3 percent of his dropbacks; as both first-rounders dealt with their share of growing pains in year one.
But one of the goals Justin Fields has set for himself in his second season is to reverse that. Telling reporters:
There’s stuff in the film last year where you could see that ... it was my fault that I got sacked. ... It just comes to limiting those mistakes and getting the ball out and not taking those sacks. Last year I had my right foot forward in the gun so I’ve been working a lot on having my left foot forward in the gun.
One of the points of emphasis in Matt Eberflus' offense will be to get the ball out of Fields' hands faster. If the young QB can start to do that and marry it with his running ability Chicago could have their long-awaited franchise quarterback.