Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Polis got down to one key word on Monday: finished.

Polis would like to see his team improve after a 2-4 start that has featured games over the past three weeks that have slipped of late. The Bears blew fourth-quarter leads to the Washington Commanders and Minnesota Vikings and couldn’t do enough damage in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants to start the month.

So they go into Monday night’s clash with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium with a lot to prove and with Paul confident he knows how this group can handle its potential. Can turn a corner.

“That’s their job description,” Paul said. “Just being very specific, that’s exactly where you should be.” (This) is your technique. I know coach (Matt Eberflis) is big on technique. That’s one thing they hit this week. I believe that too, just from my playing time. If you can dial in the technique, all the other little things follow.

Polis met with reporters for a little more than 10 minutes, enough to provide an overview of where he thinks the bears are and where they need to go. Naturally, a lot of the conversation revolved around quarterback Justin Fields and his development trajectory.

Here are the highlights of this session.

On his big-picture assessment of where the Bears are after the first six games:

“Obviously, Matt and I are on the same page in terms of competing to win games. We’ve come up short a few times, and for us, this is a young, young team that needs to learn that red zone. How to finish and win games and do the things that we’re hoping to do. What I was really excited about was how we handled that mini-bye. And your record. Regardless, the ability to look in the mirror and see what we did well, what we didn’t do well, what we struggled with and then attacking those things (is important).

“Our coaches met the players. We met the coordinators and talked about only that. And then what is the plan to improve and take the next step? The work that went into this week was incredible, making some adjustments to get the guys to be successful and perform better and hopefully win some games.

On the development of Justin Fields:

“I know Justin has been a big topic with his development. And we’re encouraged with the progress there. I know it’s not always on the numbers and on paper, but he’s very is improving in different areas. Overall we have to continue to play better around him so that he continues to play well and his confidence is at a high level.

What they would like to see fields in the last two-plus months to demonstrate progress:

“(It’s) a couple of different things. How is he being used? Are we putting him in a position where he can be successful? And then there’s the execution and the details of what he’s being asked to do. And really speeding up the game and making quick decisions. Again, the beautiful thing about football, it depends on everybody. As a whole we have to improve. And I think we’ll see when All will begin to improve, then we will begin to ascend.

On the possibility of being activated before the trade deadline to add pass-catching help to the offense:

“Regardless of whether it’s making phone calls or picking up the phone, we’re always going to be proactive and just see if it’s something that can make our team better and that’s our Makes sense — not just for now. Because I’ve always talked about it. It’s about sustaining success for the long term. It’s not always a short-term solution. It’s just hard to mix. Because it takes a lot of discipline. So that’s what we’re balancing.

Where the team has fallen short in the first six games:

“I knew we were going to be a young team. But it’s really just executing at a high level and guys making plays. Finishing. That kind of stuff. Also, we know it’s a lot of things. A new scheme for different guys. Even with Justin, this is his first year with us. He doesn’t have a lot of starts like this. It’s just going to grow and the guys within the game. It’s what we need to accelerate.”

On specific things he has seen from the fields that inspired him:

“With young players you are looking for flash. And he has shown flashes of getting the ball out on time due to his accuracy. Some of the deep shots — like the one (Dante) Pettis (against the Commanders) was unbelievable, too. So it continues to do those things. That’s what we’re looking for.”

On ongoing criticism from the outside that he didn’t do enough in the offseason to improve the offensive line and get a cover to adequately help Fields:

“We’re still able to evaluate everybody in our current situation. I’ve been convicted with the things we’ve done this offseason and in the draft. And we’ll continue to chip away. Like I said. Yes, everything we’re going to do or are doing is to sustain success for a long time. Within that, I think we can still evaluate our players – from the quarterback to the defense and To boys at all positions.

On defensive backs Kyle Gordon and Jaquan Bresker’s performance thus far:

“Kyler is getting better every week. I thought the last game was probably his best game ever. We play him in and out at the plate a lot, and it takes a lot of mental toughness. “Especially playing DB in this league, it’s a grind. There’s a lot of ground to cover, so he’s doing well and will continue to improve. I really believe in him.”

“And then Bresker is doing a good job as well. I was expecting him to make some plays on the ball and I think that’s going to come as well. But tackling him and coming in and helping our defense be physical. The ability to give, I think he’s done a good job.”

Where he sees signs of the team he wants to build long-term:

“For the age of our team, there’s been a lot of games where we’re knocking on the door to win games. The next step is learning how to finish. And you all know that from watching Sunday. There are teams like that. Where, once they learn to find a way to win, there are teams that know how to come back from deficits. There are characteristics of (winning) teams. Finishing is one of those things. We really need to take that next step. needed. But we are on the threshold.”

On his assessment of coach Matt Eberfels:

“He’s unbelievable. Again, his ability to reassess himself and bring the staff together and keep the team together (has been good) over the last week. That’s what you worry about with any team when you lose, you don’t want things to fall apart, and this team is tougher than ever. (It’s) about believing in each other and finding ways to win games going forward.