Justin Fields

Justin Fields listed as one of NFC’s biggest Pro Bowl snubs

Chicago Bears fans aren’t used to their starting quarterback being a Pro Bowl snub, let alone a Pro Bowl player. Sure, Mitch Trubisky backed his way into the game in 2018, but does anyone really think he deserved to be there?

Jim McMahon earned Pro Bowl honors in 1985, but that was a different era of football. He wasn’t slinging the rock all over the field, and his trip to the all-star game that year didn’t jumpstart a Hall of Fame career. He was the Punky QB, and he’ll forever be a Chicago legend. But it’s been nearly 40 years (yes, I’m hearing the old woman’s voice from the Titanic, too) since the Bears can legitimately say they’ve fielded a Pro Bowl quarterback.

It appeared there was a chance for that to change this season. Justin Fields is closing in on Lamar Jackson’s single-season rushing record for a quarterback, and he’s become a weekly highlight show for fans around the country. His passing stats are consistent with a young second-year starter (i.e., not great), but he’s getting better week after week.

But when the NFL revealed the NFC Pro Bowl rosters Wednesday, it was again devoid of a Bears player on the quarterback depth chart. Fields was snubbed, and NFL.com agreed.

Fields’ ultimate place in (Bears fans’) hearts remains undetermined, but his breakout in 2022 has been nothing short of fantastic for the QB-starved franchise.

Some might argue that Fields has room to grow as a thrower, but he’s taken big leaps in that department, completing 68.1% of his passes with 10 TDs and four interceptions in his past six games. That included a strong showing in a loss to the Eagles. Considering his supporting cast, Fields’ passing growth has been admirable.

But we all know why Fields is here, first and foremost. He’s become one of the most dangerous runners at the quarterback position, recently joining Michael Vick and Lamar Jackson as the only NFL QBs to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. In fact, he’s currently on pace to break Jackson’s single-season rushing record (1,206 in 2019).

Eric Edholm, NFL.com

Perhaps, we’re a year early for Justin Fields’ Pro Bowl campaign. Maybe, the 2022 season is serving as an appetizer for the main course, which will come in 2023 and beyond. And then? It’ll be undeniable. No voter, whether player, fan, coach, or media member, will be able to keep Fields from the Pro Bowl roster. His passing stats will be better from Week 1 on. His rushing stats will remain atop the quarterback rankings. And the Bears will win more games because of it.

Justin Fields can use the 2022 Pro Bowl roster as motivation this off-season. That’ll be bad news for NFC defenses, which already can’t find a way to stop the Chicago Bears’ franchise quarterback.

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