Justin Fields performed several dazzling plays during his short tenure as Bear starting quarterback. He escaped the pass rush for big wins on the ground, he placed balls in tiny windows for touchdowns and he showed great finesse on deep balls. But one of its most impressive game-making features is something that may not be as spectacular from a “big reel” perspective: the ability to throw with precision. running to the left.
“He’s very comfortable doing it,” said Matt Nagy. “Some guys aren’t. And some guys, even as right-handed people, aren’t as comfortable throwing on the right. But it has a twist. He’s got a precision right now that he’s shown in great moments to be able to do it. Again, none of this is really intentional, it just happened like this.
You might be wondering why is it so difficult for a right-hander to throw while running to the left? It has to do with the mechanics of the throw.
“You are fighting the direction in which you are launching,” said Justin Fields succinctly.
Nagy explained a little more why it’s more difficult.
“You have to turn your hips. You have to square your shoulder to your target. It’s more difficult when you have to turn everything around. It’s difficult. It’s not easy when you’re on the run. Again, throwing on the wrong foot sometimes. Sometimes when you try to go around your hips, your shoulders to get rid of the wrong foot, it makes you imprecise. He was very specific in this case.
It’s no mistake that Fields had success with those very difficult throws.
“He practices it,” Nagy said. “Coach Flip exercises him a lot and you get more and more confidence in him. “
Nagy believes Fields’ experience as a baseball player is a secret weapon in being able to hit those throws as well.
“You see a lot of these guys doing double plays, like a shortstop receiving a throw from the second baseman, he has to turn his hips and throw to the first baseman – it’s kind of like that.”
As Fields continues to grow in the NFL, he continues to raise the offense cap. Only time will tell which tricks he can show next.