Fields attempts to clarify post-match fan remark

Fields attempts to clarify post-match fan remark

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Amid his weekly media availability, Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields pivoted while answering a question to address comments he made following a 27- 10 against the Green Bay Packers for which he had been criticized on social media. .

When asked on Sunday if the loss to the Packers hurt more because of the Bears’ history with their NFC North counterparts and how much fans wanted to even out the lopsided rivalry, Fields replied, “Yeah. That hurts more in the locker room than the Bears fans. At the end of the day, they don’t work. I see the guys in the locker room every day. I see how much work they put in. Coming out of a disappointing loss like this- this, it hurts.”

A video of those comments that did not contain the question that was presented to Fields circulated on Twitter and came to the quarterback’s attention when he started receiving notifications for posts he was tagged in. .

On Wednesday, Fields aimed to clarify what he meant in his postgame comments.

“Yes, I was angry after the game. I would like to speak about it now so that everything is clear,” Fields said. “I said one thing on Sunday after the game where I said the fans weren’t working. First of all, I was frustrated after the game. First, I didn’t want to talk to you guys. I was I’m not in the mood to talk to you, so I should have explained better what I meant by that.

“What I meant by that is that I’m talking about work regarding Sunday’s game, 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 fans. I would never disrespect anyone for what they do or love to do. It just happened that way. Some social media they quoted my quote and they got a big buzz So of course they did a great job doing that Of course social media will But I just wanted to clear that up.

Fields said he turned the backlash he received into a teachable moment.

“I talked to my dad about it, and as long as I’m in this position there will be things like that popping up, so I just know that as long as I’m in this profession it’s never okay to leave, so I either have to be really clear about everything I say, really descriptive about what I mean, or really not say anything at all,” he said.

Chicago’s offensive game plan and lack of a passing offense was a bigger 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, which coach Matt Eberflus called a concern but isn’t afraid to force passes to get a pass. more balanced approach.

“You want to see the balance,” Eberflus said. “I don’t think it’s really a strength issue. That’s what we have to have. We have to have a balance in your attack, in the run/pass calls, and we’ll get it.”

Fields said Wednesday that the Bears had “full confidence” in offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s game plan, and that his lack of attempts was not a problem.

“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 threw zero passes and we won the game, I wouldn’t have a problem. Our goal as a team, as an attack is to win games. Nobody looks at how many passes I had, how many yards I had. We are all trying to win the game.”

Fields said he changed his entire routine after the loss, which includes waking up an hour earlier to give himself more time to prepare for Chicago’s Week 3 opponent, the Houston Texans. While the social media fuss was a nuisance he felt he needed to weed out, the quarterback shed some light on wanting to share more of his personality as the Bears’ roster hottest player.

“I think I’m just testing the waters a bit,” Fields said. “I want to show you more personality. I don’t want to be a robot here, so at the same time I just have to be more descriptive with my words and really just describe what I’m trying to say.

“I could be here and say ‘yes, we’re going to do this and that’ and just be a robot. But I’m trying to show my personality to the world, I’m trying to show my personality to you guys, to show that I I’m a real person and yes, I make mistakes, but yes, I just find a good balance.

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