Chicago Bears Q&A: Might the Jaylon Johnson scenario lead to a commerce? Will Justin Fields be the franchise’s 1st 4,000-yard passer?

The Chicago Bears are inside the midst of their first week of organized employees actions, nevertheless not everybody appears to be present at Halas Corridor for the voluntary durations. Cornerback Jaylon Johnson’s absence Tuesday raised numerous eyebrows, and Brad Biggs’ weekly Bears mailbag begins with a question about that state of affairs.

Are we headed for a further Roquan (Smith)-type state of affairs with Jaylon Johnson? I get the sense Ryan Poles would barely switch on from a participant who rustles contract feathers than reward them. I can envision using him as a commerce various for a necessity midseason. — @obsidianarcade

I really feel you’re possibly overreacting to the data that Johnson, for the second yr, has not reported for the voluntary portion of the offseason program. Would the Bears select Johnson was there? Certain. Will missing OTAs — and contemplate, Johnson might current up any day — impact his 2023 season? In all probability not. Some players determine and choose after they want to current up, and that’s their correct. It’s notably their correct within the occasion that they don’t have a train bonus tied to attendance by the offseason program.

Smith was present for the offseason program a yr previously, and I don’t assume that’s an apples-to-apples comparability. He was going to command a contract at or near the best of the pay scale for off-the-ball linebackers, and I don’t assume Johnson shall be in that class for cornerbacks. Johnson may want to be in that rich neighborhood, nevertheless I’d be shocked if the Bears price him at that stage. Johnson turned 24 ultimate month and nearly has been the employees’s most interesting cornerback since arriving. The Bears added rivals inside the draft with Tyrique Stevenson inside the second spherical and Terell Smith inside the fifth to go together with Kyler Gordon, a second-round determine a yr previously. Good teams always have a gradual of top of the range cornerbacks.

Maybe Johnson’s absence is tied to his need to receive a contract extension, nevertheless he moreover skipped voluntary elements a yr previously when he wasn’t eligible for a payday. The Bears actually would want some stage of low value within the occasion that they extend Johnson with a yr to go on his contract, and Johnson would want market price that free brokers command. We’ll must see the place this goes, nevertheless judging by Poles’ unprompted suggestions about Johnson on draft weekend, I really feel he’d want to maintain the participant he inherited spherical.

“Jaylon, I hope he’s a man we get to maintain right here for some time too,” Poles acknowledged after Day 2 of the draft. “So I’m enthusiastic about that group, inside and out of doors, and the depth of it as properly.”

With the additions on offense and expectations for a vastly improved passing offense, will this be the season the Bears lastly have a 4,000-yard passer? Is Justin Fields the particular person to carry out that feat? — Dennis S., Countryside

You’re talking about considered one of many statistical anomalies that comes with the Bears franchise and the invention of the forward transfer. The Bears are the one NFL employees to not have a quarterback transfer for 4,000 yards in a season. They’re moreover the one employees to not have a quarterback with 30 touchdown passes in a season. Fields averaged 149.5 passing yards per recreation ultimate yr and would want to frequent larger than 235 in a full 17 video video games to attain that plateau this season.

It undoubtedly seems doable — and the addition of enormous receiver DJ Moore stood out at Tuesday’s OTA that was open to media — nevertheless Fields should keep healthful and be far more productive. The Bears have had solely 11 3,000-yard passers of their historic previous, the ultimate one Mitch Trubisky in 2019 and the first Invoice Wade in 1962. Erik Kramer acquired right here closest to 4,000 yards in 1995, when he accomplished with 3,838.

The Bears had agency with the Philadelphia Eagles until Carson Wentz grew to change into their first 4,000-yard passer in 2019. A whole of 217 quarterbacks have reached 4,000 yards in a season, the first being Joe Namath with the New York Jets in 1967.

The addition of a seventeenth regular-season recreation should make it easier to realize, nevertheless the small sample dimension doesn’t current a bump however. Listed below are the 4,000-yard seasons since 2016:

  • 2022: 9 (17-game season)
  • 2021: 10 (17-game season)
  • 2020: 12
  • 2019: 9
  • 2018: 12
  • 2017: 8
  • 2016: 12

And proper right here’s an inventory of every franchise’s first 4,000-yard passer by decade:

Nineteen Sixties: 1

Seventies: 1

  • Chargers: Dan Fouts, 1979

Eighties: 8

  • Browns: Brian Sipe, 1980
  • Packers: Lynn Dickey, 1983
  • Chiefs: Invoice Kenney, 1983
  • Cardinals: Neil Lomax, 1984
  • Dolphins: Dan Marino, 1984
  • Giants: Phil Simms, 1984
  • Commanders: Jay Schroeder, 1986
  • Rams: Jim Everett, 1989

Nineteen Nineties: 11

  • Titans: Warren Moon, 1990
  • Broncos: John Elway, 1993
  • 49ers: Steve Younger, 1993
  • Vikings: Warren Moon, 1994
  • Patriots: Drew Bledsoe, 1994
  • Falcons: Jeff George, 1995
  • Lions: Scott Mitchell, 1995
  • Ravens: Vinny Testaverde, 1996
  • Jaguars: Mark Brunell, 1996
  • Panthers: Steve Beuerlein, 1999
  • Colts: Peyton Manning, 1999

2000s: 7

  • Payments: Drew Bledsoe, 2002
  • Raiders: Wealthy Gannon, 2002
  • Bengals: Carson Palmer, 2006
  • Saints: Drew Brees, 2006
  • Cowboys: Tony Romo, 2007
  • Texans: Matt Schaub, 2009
  • Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger, 2009

2010s: 3

  • Buccaneers: Josh Freeman, 2012
  • Seahawks: Russell Wilson, 2015
  • Eagles: Carson Wentz, 2019

It’s worth noting Corridor of Famer Moon (Titans and Vikings) and Bledsoe (Patriots and Payments) had been the first 4,000-yard passer for two franchises.

Do you assume the model new third quarterback rule impacts who the Bears maintain as QB3? — @gucasliogito

It shall be really fascinating to see how teams technique roster administration. The brand new rule the league permitted, which the Detroit Lions proposed, will allow teams to embellish a third quarterback who obtained’t rely in opposition to the game-day roster. Nevertheless, it’s important to note this QB can’t come from the apply squad, so teams ought to carry three QBs on their 53-man roster to designate the emergency man. Many organizations have gone to carrying solely two QBs on the 53-man roster as a technique to maximize flexibility at totally different positions, so that shall be fascinating to hint.

The rule was proposed after San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Brock Purdy and Josh Johnson had been knocked out of the NFC championship recreation, forcing the employees to utilize working once more Christian McCaffrey as a wildcat quarterback.

The emergency third quarterback will be utilized offered that the first two quarterbacks are sidelined by accidents. It shall be fascinating to see what variety of teams revert to what was commonplace — three QBs on the 53-man roster — to take advantage of this rule. As far as a result of it affecting the Bears, rookie Tyson Bagent is an prolonged shot to make the employees coming from Division III Shepherd. However you in no way know.

How do you see the start line of protection going into Week 1? Left to correct, DeMarcus Walker, Andrew Billings, Justin Jones and Trevis Gipson? Suppose any second-teamers like Rasheem Inexperienced or the two rookie defensive tackles can win a job in camp? — @themaxconnor1

That seems to be like correct to me, nevertheless there could also be loads work to do on the sector — with full pads — in teaching camp that somewhat loads can change. If I wanted to wager, I’d wager Ryan Poles supplies a defensive end in some unspecified time sooner or later. Does that indicate the newcomer is usually a starter inside the base safety? Maybe. It’s moreover doable a newcomer is usually a delegated transfer rusher, mainly a starter inside the nickel package deal deal.

Rookies Gervon Dexter and Zacch Pickens can have a chance to push for a starting job, nevertheless which can not happen immediately. The important thing for them is having fun with time. As prolonged as they’re part of the frequent rotation, their snap counts shall be based mostly totally on effectivity. The upper they play, the additional movement they’re going to get.

I’ve checked out every Tribune article referring to the Bears stadium switch and I’ve in no way found an answer to this question: In the event that they get the placement, funding and OK to assemble, what’s the seating functionality anticipated to be? When the city provided to assemble the indoor stadium away from the lake, the aptitude quoted was spherical 83,000. — Kevin, Chicago

If the Bears have shared a ballpark decide for seating functionality of their proposed domed stadium in Arlington Heights, I’ve not seen it. I’ve written about this topic numerous events after speaking with Marc Ganis, president of Chicago-based sports activities actions consulting company Sportscorp, who’s an skilled on these points. His projection is one factor positively greater than Soldier Discipline, which has the smallest functionality inside the NFL at 61,500. However he doesn’t envision one factor as huge as some have hoped.

“I doubt they are going to go that enormous,” Ganis acknowledged of the 81,441 functionality at Lambeau Discipline in Inexperienced Bay, the second-largest inside the league. “Excessive 60s will be the becoming amount. There’s an odd value subject associated to the geometry of the stadium. The most expensive seats to assemble are the seats furthest away from the sector as you improve the setting up. As you enhance the aptitude, it’s a should to extend the size of your full setting up. So that you add 5 rows on the prime of the stadium in order so as to add one different few thousand seats. These are the costliest seats to assemble whereas being the seats that generate the underside revenue.

“Is it 66,000? 69,000? Have they got a capability to have standing room to get it to 72,000? That’s the common vary.”

Right here’s the seating functionality for NFL stadiums constructed as a result of the Cardinals moved into State Farm Stadium in 2006:

  • Rams and Chargers, SoFi Stadium (2020): 70,000
  • Raiders, Allegiant Stadium (2020): 65,000-*
  • Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium (2017): 71,000-*
  • Vikings, U.S. Financial institution Stadium (2016): 66,655-*
  • 49ers, Levi’s Stadium (2014): 68,500
  • Giants and Jets, MetLife Stadium (2010): 82,500
  • Cowboys, AT&T Stadium (2009): 80,000-**
  • Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium (2008): 67,000
  • Cardinals, State Farm Stadium (2006): 63,400-*

* dome, ** retractable roof

Presently, 16 stadiums — along with Soldier Discipline — have a listed functionality beneath 70,000. Fourteen are between 65,000 and 69,596. It’s noteworthy that the Buffalo Payments, who’re setting up a model new venue to change Highmark Stadium, can have a smaller setting up. Highmark Stadium’s functionality is 71,608. The brand new open-air stadium reportedly can have a functionality inside the neighborhood of 62,000.