Why Justin Fields made zero sense for the New Orleans Saints

Many New Orleans Saints fans grovel that the team didn’t attempt to trade for Justin Fields. However, it's a move that didn't make sense for the black and gold.

Jan 7, 2024; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) throws a pass
Jan 7, 2024; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) throws a pass / Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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Justin Fields is not a scheme fit in New Orleans

Like it or not, the Saints' hopes and dreams of playing in Super Bowl LVIX on their home turf hinge on the change at offensive coordinator, where Klint Kubiak takes over for Pete Carmichael. Kubiak is charged with implementing a Kyle Shanahan-type offensive scheme to produce balance and consistency.

The Shanahan scheme utilizes heavier personnel (think fullback and multiple tight ends) to establish the run and set up the play-action passing game. Moreover, the 49ers often rely on their quarterback to stand in the pocket and go through progressions. Shanahan's offenses love to attack the middle of the field, where fans usually find tight end George Kittle and receiver Deebo Samuel in a mismatch with a defender.

Justin Fields is a terrible fit for the Shanahan offensive scheme.

Fields is an incredible athlete who can make big plays in open space. However, he has happy feet, invites pressure, and struggles to make downfield reads. I think many fans see a younger Lamar Jackson when they watch Fields' highlights. But the difference is Jackson leaves the pocket when he has to, and his eyes remain downfield when on the move.