Lake Forest, Ill. – In the midst of his weekly media availability, Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields He criticized them on social media while answering a question to address comments made after the 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Asked on Sunday whether their history with the Bears’ NFC North counterparts outweighed the loss to the Packers and how far fans wanted the one-sided rivalry to go, Fields replied, “Yeah. It’s the Bears.” It hurts more in the locker room than in the fans. At the end of the day, they’re not doing any work. I see people in the locker room every day. I see how much work they do. Such a depressing Coming out of harm’s way, hurts.”
A video of those comments, which did not include the question posed to Fields, was circulated on Twitter and brought to the quarterback’s attention after he began receiving notifications for posts in which he was tagged.
On Wednesday, Fields aimed to clarify what he meant in his postgame comments.
“Yeah, I was crazy about the game. I want to address it now so that everything clears up,” Fields said. “I had a talk on Sunday after the game where I said fans don’t work. At first, I was disappointed after the game. Number one, I didn’t want to talk to you guys. I was you guys I’m in no mood to talk to him. So, I should have done a better job of explaining what I meant.
“What I mean is that I’m talking about work on Sundays, about winning games. I don’t know any fans. I don’t know what they’re doing in their personal lives. Respect the fan that we have. I’m glad we have fans. I will never disrespect anyone for what they do or what they like to do. This is how it turned out. Some social media outlets said Quoted my quote and he got a huge buzz out of it. So, of course he did a great job in doing that. Of course social media is going to do that. But I wanted to clear it up.”
Fields said he turned the feedback he received into a teachable moment.
“I talked to my dad about it, and by the time I’m going to be in this position, things are going to pop up, so just knowing that as long as I’m in this profession, it’s going to happen.” is never going to go away, so either I have to be really clear about what I say, be really descriptive of what I mean, or don’t really say anything,” he added .
Chicago’s lack of an aggressive game plan and passing attack has been a bigger topic of conversation than Fields’ comments on Green Bay. The quarterback had 48 net passing yards after throwing the ball only 11 times in Week 2, something coach Matt Eberfluss called concern, but not concerned about protecting against pass plays to get a more balanced approach.
“You want to see the balance,” said Eberfluss. “I don’t think it’s really a force issue. That’s what we need. We have to balance your offense, in the run/pass call, and we’ll get it.”
Fields said Wednesday that the Bears have “absolute confidence” in offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s game plan, and his lack of effort was not troubling.
“Like I said about Darnell [Mooney] On Sunday, if he caught zero passes and won the game, he wouldn’t have a problem,” Fields said. “If I throw zero passes and we win the game, I won’t have a problem. Our goal as a team, as an offense, is to win games. No one sees how many passes I had, how many yards I had. We’re all trying to win the game.”
Fields said he changed his entire routine after the loss, including waking up an hour earlier to give himself more time to prepare for Chicago’s third-weekend rival Houston Texans. While the social media bustle was a nuisance he felt he needed to clean up, the quarterback highlighted his desire to share as much of his personality as the front-facing player on the Bears’ roster.
“I guess I’m testing the waters a little bit,” Fields said. “I want to show you guys more personality. I don’t want to be a robot here, plus I have to be more descriptive about my words and really describe what I’m trying to say.. .
“I can be here and be like, ‘Yeah, we’re going to do this and that’ and just be a robot. But I try to show my personality to the world, you guys try to show my personality Let’s pretend I’m a real person and yes, I do make mistakes. But yes, I’m just looking for a good balance.”