Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields tries to clarify postgame remark

LAKE FOREST, Illinois — In the midst of his weekly media exposure, Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields turned while answering a question to address comments he made after a 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers, for which he was criticized on social media.

When asked 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 balance the one-sided rivalry, Fields replied, “Yes. It hurts more in the locker room than it does with the Bears fans. At the end of the day, they put no work into it. I see the boys in the dressing room every day. I see how much work they put in. It hurts to come out of such a disappointing defeat. “

A video of those comments, which did not include the question Fields was asked, circulated on Twitter and was brought to the attention of the quarterback when he began receiving notifications for posts he was tagged in.

On Wednesday, Fields wanted to clarify what he meant in his post-game comments.

“Yeah, I was upset after the game. I’d like to address that now to clear things up,” Fields said. “I said something after the game on Sunday where I said that the fans are not putting in any work. First of all I was frustrated after the game. Number one, I didn’t want to talk to you guys. I’m not in the mood to come and talk to you guys, so I should have explained better what I meant by that.

“What I meant by that is that I’m talking about work in relation to Sunday’s game, to win the game. I don’t know any fans. I don’t know what they do in their private lives. I respect every fan we have. I’m glad we have fans. I would never be disrespectful to anyone for what they do or what they enjoy doing. It came across like that. Some social media channels quoted my quote and got a lot of buzz. So of course they did great. Of course, social media will. But I just wanted to clear this up. “

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

“I’ve talked to my dad about it, and as long as I’m going to be in that position things like that are going to come up, so all I know is that as long as I’m in that profession it’s never going to go, so I either have to do all that I say say it really clearly, really describe what I mean, or just say nothing at all,” he said.

Chicago’s offensive game plan and lack of a passing attack were a bigger topic of conversation than Green Bay’s Fields’ comments. 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 worried about guarding against forcing passing plays to create a more balanced one approach to achieve.

“They want to see the balance,” Eberflus said. “I don’t think it’s really a force issue. We must have that.

Fields said Wednesday that the Bears have “complete confidence” in offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s game plan and that his lack of attempts was not disruptive.

“Like I said about Darnell [Mooney] If he caught zero passes on Sunday 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 any problems. Our goal as a team, as an attack, is to win games. Nobody looks 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 loss, including waking up an hour earlier to give himself more time to prepare for Chicago’s Week 3 opponents, the Houston Texans. While the social media commotion was an annoyance he felt he needed to sort out, the quarterback shed a light on a desire to share more of his personality as the forward player in the Bears’ roster.

“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 up here, so at the same time I have to be more descriptive in my words and really just describe what I’m trying to say… .

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

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Emma Bowman

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