General manager Ryan Poles appeared on the Bears TV broadcast during the third quarter of Saturday's game to discuss a variety of topics with FOX 32 play-by-play announcer Adam Amin and color analyst Jim Miller.
Poles called this past offseason a "real exciting process," as he and the front office focused on bringing in more playmakers to help bolster the roster. Poles said the opportunity to make moves came with the challenge of staying "disciplined with the process."
"You get excited, you want to do a lot of things," Poles said, "but you want to make sure you're cross checking that with 'is this the best decision for our organization in terms of sustaining success for a long period of time?'"
Starting with the addition of defensive tackle Justin Jones before the 2022 season, Poles has continued to bring in new talent on the defensive line such as end Yannick Ngakoue and rookie tackles Gervon Dexter Sr. and Zacch Pickens.
"Both those guys are getting better every time they have an outing, [whether] it's a joint practice or if it's a preseason game," Poles said of Dexter and Pickens. "I think it's a good opportunity for two rookies inside to grow together, to learn from Justin [Jones] and [Andrew] Billings, who have been great mentors to both of them. We look for them to continue to ascend as we go through the season."
Poles also discussed quarterback Justin Fields' development. He highlighted Fields' ability to be a dynamic dual-threat quarterback as something the Bears lean into.
"I think what we're looking for now, and we've seen this in practice and in some of the games, is that poise and letting the game slow down so he can make really good decisions and make explosive plays with his arm. If we can get both of those things – him being a better passer as well as a runner – that's going to create problems for a defense."
"It's been tough," Poles said. "I'm not going to lie, when you have guys in and out of the lineup it's hard to jell and we're going to focus on that moving forward. I have confidence that a lot of these guys are going to be back, and we can get a full five up there and we can get better up front in terms of protection and continue to run the ball really well."
For more, watch the full interview below.