Jim O'Donnell: Is Justin Fields prepared for Bears fans to keep falling in and out of love with him?

  • Bears quarterback Justin Fields runs the show starting at noon Sunday in Cleveland against the Browns.

    Bears quarterback Justin Fields runs the show starting at noon Sunday in Cleveland against the Browns. Associated Press

Updated 9/25/2021 6:44 PM

IT'S A PRETTY SAFE BET Justin Fields has never heard of Pure Prairie League.

That means Chicago's Latest Sports Savior isn't familiar with the band's enduring standard "Amy."


And how well the tune's concluding line has served as a concise summary of the history of the relationship between the Bears fan base and the team's starting QBs:

Fallin' in and out of love

With you

That's it. And that roller coaster of flub is freshly greased and set to go when young No. 1 is slated to make the first start of his NFL career at Cleveland Sunday (Fox, noon).

THE FANBOY MEDIA HAS had its way with the Bears quarterback "drama" for four months now.

And all that most of that panting herd has proved is that it's as compliant and straightlined as U.S. Army recruits at Fort Benning.

Hot take: No gifted young quarterback should be starting on the road in Game 3 of his pro career behind such a paper-laced offensive line as that of the current Bears.

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Field Museum of Unnatural History addendum: Does anyone remember that in the nine drafts when Jim Finks was building the foundation of what became the legendary 1985 Bears, four of his top first-round picks were offensive tackles?

Four offensive tackles -- two more than can start a game!

Correct prioritization!

Your exclamation point here (sponsored by Ed O'Bradovich's Class of '63)!

MEMO TO RYAN PACE: Homework for NFL drafts begins well before the next NFL draft is concluded. This ain't no fantasy league, this ain't no disco.

Fields will not walk on Lake Erie vs. the Browns.

He may be sacked into it.

He will not account for seven TDs -- in any combination of running, passing or potential.


He will hopefully return to the Halas Hall manger Sunday night well enough to audible another day.

And forget about "Amy."

The best theme for his debut may be the Beatles' rubber-souled "Run For Your Life."

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• Jim O'Donnell's Sports & Media column appears Thursday and Sunday. Reach him at jimodonnelldh@yahoo.com.

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