David Carr Advocates Against Bears Playing Justin Fields

David Carr doesn't think the Bears should play Justin Fields.
David Carr doesn't think the Bears should play Justin Fields. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

As the NFL Preseason comes to an official close, fans of the Chicago Bears are still clamoring around the performances of franchise quarterback Justin Fields. Despite his strong preseason, the Bears are likely to have veteran Andy Dalton start the year under center.

One former NFL quarterback, David Carr, recently weighed in on the situation and advocated for the Bears to hold off on naming Fields the starter. A former first-round franchise quarterback talent, Carr explained why he thinks Chicago is better off with Dalton to start.

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The former No. 1 overall pick back in the 2002 NFL Draft kept his explanation short and simple. And, it all related to the Bears' offensive line.

"Do we want to put Justin Fields behind the Bears offensive line that I've watched the last three weeks? Absolutely not. I've been in that situation."

David Carr

Clearly, Carr is one quarterback who understands the struggles of playing with a bad offensive line. Once thought of as the next sure-thing at quarterback, Carr is now considered a huge bust. But, he didn't have it so easy early on in his career. Playing for the Houston Texans in their inaugural season, Carr kicked off his career as a day-one starter. The result? He got hit hard and got hit often.

In five seasons as the Texans starter, Carr led the league three times in sacks. This included a whopping 76 sacks during his rookie campaign. By his sixth NFL season, Carr was no longer a starter and by year 10 he was out of the league.

The Bears definitely don't want to recreate a situation with Fields like the one Carr experienced in Houston. Chicago's offensive line isn't the same level as awful, but it still finished middle of the pack with 36 sacks allowed in 2020 (16th).

Currently, the Bears own just +200 odds to make the playoffs on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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