LAKE FOREST, Ill. – In the midst of his weekly media coverage, Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields spun while answering a question to respond to comments he had made after a 27-10 defeat to the Green Bay Packers for which he was criticized on social media.
Asked on Sunday whether the loss to the Packers hurt more because of the Bears’ history with their NFC North counterparts and how much fans wanted to equalize the lopsided rivalry, Fields replied: “Yes. It hurts more in the locker room. than the Bears fans. At the end of the day, they’re not working. I see the guys in the locker room every day. I see how much work they’ve put in. Coming out of a disappointing defeat like this hurts. “
A video of those comments not containing the question that Fields was made circulated on Twitter and was brought to the quarterback’s attention when he began receiving notifications for posts he was tagged in.
On Wednesday, Fields aimed to clarify what he meant in his post-match comments.
“Yeah, I was crazy after the game. I’d like to tackle this now to clear everything up,” Fields said. “There was one thing I said Sunday after the game where I said fans don’t get to work. First of all, I was frustrated after the game. Number one, I didn’t want to talk to you guys. So, I would have Had to do a better job of explaining what I meant by that.
“What I meant by this is that I’m talking about working on Sunday’s game, about winning the game. I don’t know any fans. I don’t know what they are doing in their personal life. I respect every fan we have. I’m glad we have some fans. fans. I would never disrespect anyone for what they do or what they love to do. It turns out like that. So obviously they did a great job of doing it. Of course social media will. But I just wanted to clarify the matter. ” .
Fields said he turned the backlash he received into a teaching moment.
“I talked to my dad about it and as long as I stay in this position there will be things like that that will come out, so just knowing that as long as I’m in this profession it will never go away, so I just have to be very clear about everything I say, be really descriptive of what I mean, or just don’t say anything, “he said.
Chicago’s offensive game plan and lack of a passing attack were a broader topic of conversation than Fields’ comments from Green Bay. The quarterback had 48 net passing yards in week 2 after throwing the ball just 11 times, something manager Matt Eberflus called a concern, but he’s not worried about defending himself from forced passes to get a more balanced approach.
“You want to see the balance,” Eberflus said. “I don’t think it’s really a strength issue. This is what we need to have. We need to have balance in your attack, in the run / pass calls, and we will get it.”
Fields said Wednesday that the Bears have “full confidence” in attacking coordinator Luke Getsy’s game plan and that his lack of effort hasn’t been bothersome.
“Like I said about Darnell [Mooney] Sunday, if he took zero passes and won the game, he would have no problem, “Fields said.” If I took zero passes and we won the game, I would have no problem. Our goal as a team, as an attack, is to win games. Nobody is looking at how many passes I’ve had, how many yards I’ve had. We’re all just trying to win the game. “
Fields said he changed his entire routine after the defeat, which includes waking up an hour earlier to allow himself more time to prepare for Chicago’s 3-week opponent, the Houston Texans. While the hustle and bustle of social media was a nuisance he felt he needed to clear up, the quarterback shed light on wanting to share more of his personality as the most frontline player on the Bears’ roster.
“I think I’m just testing the waters a little bit,” Fields said. “I want to show you guys more personality. I don’t want to be a robot up here, so at the same time I just have to be more descriptive of my words and really describe what I’m trying to say …
“I could be up here and say, ‘yes, we’ll do this and that’ and just be a robot. But I try to show my personality to the world, I try to show you my personality, to prove that I’m a real person and yes, I do mistakes. But yeah, I’m just finding a good balance. “