Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields has tried to clarify some of the comments that he made following their recent loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Being the quarterback for the Chicago Bears is something of a poisened chalice. Whilst you get to be the leader of one of the most storied franchises in the history of the sport, there is something of an understanding that you aren’t exactly blessed for success as a player.
That’s because, for one reason or another, the Bears as an organisation just haven’t been able to have that ‘star’ quarterback on their roster for quite a few decades now, even when they won the Super Bowl in 1985 that was largely down to their defence and quarterback Jim McMahon is seen as something of an afterthought.
But that’s where Justin Fields will be hoping that things are different for him as opposed to the men that have come before him as he tries to break that seemingly never-ending curse at quarterback. Things have started rather poorly for him on that front though, as he has so far compiled a record of 3-9 at Soldier Field and has managed to complete just 58.4% of his passes and throwing 9 touchdowns to 12 interceptions.
And that frustration might have played a role in some of the comments that he made this past weekend following their loss to the rival Green Bay Packers.
Justin Fields feels let down by the Chicago Bears fans
Speaking after their 27-10 loss at Lambeau Field, Fields slammed Bears fans that were critisising the team for their performance, as he felt that they didn’t deserve to comment as they weren’t putting in any work when it comes to making the team better.
Video: Justin Fields left disappointed with Chicago Bears fans:
“It hurts more in the locker room than for Bears fans… They aren’t putting in any work.”— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 19, 2022
Bears fans may not like this one from Justin Fields….
A sentiment that you can kind of understand, after all at the end of the day it’s the players on the field that are putting the work in to try and win the game, so the fans need to show some level of respect that they’re trying and not just giving up. It doesn’t mean the players should be free from criticism, but there should be a happy medium somewhere.
However Fields believes that the words were taken out context and tried to clarify things.
Justin Fields sets the record straight for Chicago Bears fans
Speaking to the media during a recent practice session (quoted by ESPN), Fields stated that he still respected the fans and that he was just referring to what happens on Sunday rather than on a day-to-day basis:
“What I meant by that is I’m talking about work regarding the game on Sunday, winning the game. I don’t know any fans. I don’t know what they’re doing in their personal lives. I respect every fan that we have. I’m glad that we have fans. I would never disrespect anybody on what they do or what they love to do. It came off like that. Some social media outlets, they quoted my quote and they got a big buzz out of it. So, of course they did a great job doing that. Of course social media is going to do that. But I just wanted to clear that up.”
Whether or not this is enough to get him back in the good books of the Bears fans, we’ll just have to wait and see. But arguably the quickest way to make people forget is by playing a lot better than he has done since he took over the starting role.