Why Trevor Siemian will play very important function in Justin Fields’ development

LAKE FOREST – Trevor Siemian likely won’t take a live snap for the Bears in 2022. The Bears hope he doesn’t.

But Siemian still has a vital role in determining the success of the 2022 Bears and the direction the franchise heads under Matt Eberflus and Ryan Poles in Year 1.

Siemian, 30, is a seven-year NFL veteran who has shared quarterback rooms with Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. The Northwestern product joined the Bears this offseason, knowing his primary role will be to support and aid the development of second-year quarterback Justin Fields.

“I think there’s so much there. You try to learn from everybody,” Siemian said Tuesday about what he has learned in QB rooms across the league. “I’ve bounced around quite a bit, so even the good ones that I’ve played with — Peyton, Drew, Ryan Tannehill, even the younger guys — I’ve always tried to pick something up from somebody. I think the thing you learn is everybody’s different, and they do things differently.

“There’s no one way to do it, like anything else. You’ve got to figure out your personality, what makes you good and accentuate your strengths and work on your weaknesses. I don’t think there’s any one-size-fits- all.”

Last year, Fields began his career in a QB competition with Andy Dalton, a veteran who still believed his place in the league was at the helm of an offense and not on the sideline. While Siemian and third-string QB Nathan Peterman are competitors, the pecking order in the Bears’ QB room is clear.

That’s a good thing for Fields’ development, and Siemian enjoys working with the young signal-caller early on.

“Intelligence, being accurate with the ball — there’s certain prerequisites you have to have to play at a high level, and Justin’s got it,” Siemian said of Fields. “He’s got all the tools. Just around him, we’ve got to play well around him and give him a chance. But yeah, he’s got everything.”

Siemian is a journeyman quarterback who has spent the last seven years picking things up from the various systems he has played in and quarterbacks he has practiced alongside.

That two of those quarterbacks happen to be bound for Canton can only help Siemian’s ability to support Fields.

“I think any time you’re around somebody that’s great in this business and in this profession, you can take something from them,” Bears quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko said Tuesday. “That’s instrumental, or I mean, you’re always drawing from your experiences, and the more experiences you can have in this league, especially if they’re good ones, then you can apply that going forward in what you do toward current and future success.”

The Bears’ 2022 season and the franchise trajectory hinges on Fields’ growth. Many factors contribute to a quarterback’s development, and most of them happen behind the scenes and not on Sundays.

While Eberflus, offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, and Janocko all will have a hand in whether or not Fields takes a Year 2 leap, Siemian’s part might be equally as important.

“[Part of] Being a backup is being there for the guy that is playing and being his guy and not giving him too much but exactly what he needs,” Siemian said. “You don’t want to be a guy with all of these opinions, and that’s part of it too.

“I’ve always thought it’s good to have guys in your foxhole,” he said. “Be able to bounce ideas off them and be there for them.”

Siemian has seen a lot in his seven NFL seasons. He won a ring with Manning, saw Brees and Sean Payton operate, and now has returned to Chicago as a coveted backup. A role he’s prepared to thrive in for the Bears.

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