Justin Fields tries to clarify postgame comments that angered Bears fans

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Justin Fields didn’t have a good night on Sunday, throwing for only 70 yards and running for 20 in a 27-10 loss to the Packers. It dropped the Bears quarterback to 0-3 against the Packers in his career.

His night got worse when, after the game, a reporter asked Fields whether the loss hurt more because of how much Bears fans want to turn around the lopsided rivalry since Aaron Rodgers became Green Bay’s starter.

Fields got himself in trouble with Bears fans, saying, “Yeah, it hurts more in the locker room than the Bears fans. At the end of the day, they aren’t putting in any 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, it hurts.”

On Wednesday, Fields tried to clarify his comments from Sunday.

“Yeah, I was mad after the game. I’d like to address this now to get everything cleared up,” Fields said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “There was a thing I said on Sunday after the game where I said the fans don’t put in work. First off, I was frustrated after the game. Number one, I didn’t want to talk to you guys. I wasn’t in the mood to come and talk to you guys. So, I should’ve done a better job of explaining what I meant by that.

“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.”

Fields said he learned an important lesson after stirring up social media with his comments.

“I talked to my dad about it, and as long as I’m going to be in this position there’s going to be stuff like that that pops up, so just knowing that as long as I’m in this profession that it’s never going to go away, so just got to either be really clear to everything that I say, be really descriptive to what I mean, or really just don’t say anything at all,” Fields said.

96 responses to “Justin Fields tries to clarify postgame comments that angered Bears fans

  1. Justin would be well advised just to stay off social media altogether. It’s too easy for any idiot to have a public voice these days.

  2. The best way to respond to the media vultures is to stick to one-word answers. For all questions. One syllable answers if possible.

  3. Even the freaking Lions beat Green Bay once in a while, Chicago. You couldn’t even beat Brett Huntley.

  4. After reading that, I lost all confidence in the Bears and changed my picks to Houston!
    Sounds seriously dysfunctional…

  5. Justin Fields seems super sensitive.

    Raw physical talent, which I believe Fields has, will only take you so far. You need to be able to block out some of the noise and have thick skin as a QB to really have success in this league, and Fields has yet to show he possesses that.

  6. Social media????
    You said it.
    You were frustrated, guess what, you still were paid. Bears fans, who’ve been Bears fans for a lot longer than you and only because you were drafted by the Bears, have paid a lot of their money, for which they WORK for, to help pay your salary.
    Unless you grew up a Bears fan?
    Those fans want nothing more than to adore you, that comes with playing well and winning. Soo far, you really haven’t done much of either.

  7. Yeah, and the fans also aren’t getting paid tens of millions of dollars to play a game like Fields is. They’re not set for life even though they’re doing a lousy job, like Fields is. They’re paying through the nose to see a competitive team, which considering how much money these players are getting showered with, isn’t much to ask.

    Fields is already a multi-millionaire. He’s not entitled to anyone’s respect, admiration, or affection.

    Just do your job.

  8. Wow, an NFL player talking honestly and not using cliches and coach speak to pull the wool over people’s eyes? Wish more players would speak the truth more often.

  9. yet another college QB that thinks he can just tuck the ball and run 25 times every game to shore up the fact he can’t throw consistently or read defenses.

  10. Good job by Fields. I knew what he meant at the time, but I understand how fans can get into that trap of “he’s just another spoiled athlete” vibe. The real culprit should be his HC who took the ball completely out of his hands in the 2nd half. What was Eberflus doing? By trying to protect his QB from accountability he ground their offense to a halt. And I know they had the drive where they ran the ball like 10 straight times– but its the NFL, thats what GB wants– predictability.

  11. Obviously whatever classes he took in college didn’t include “Media Relations”.
    But it’s OK. This is the new breed of athlete. Loyal only to themselves.

  12. Leave the kid alone. I’m a Packer fan. I hate it when reporters take comments like what he said and spin it. He was pizzed,.. and he should have been. I’m not sure who was calling plays,… but that didn’t help him any. Shotgun formation on the 1 foot line ??,… C’mon man,…

  13. No need to explain anything to me. I totally get it. Actually, I’m more of a fan of the stuff taking place on the field. Justin Fields is the Bears QB. He’s young and he’ll struggle. It’s a process. He’s getting better every day. Nowhere near his prime, yet. Be patient. We’ve been down this road many times with young QB’s. To be honest, all the owners, coaches, and players are lying when they talk about how much they love the fans. Get over it! Lol.

  14. Poor choice of words yes. It’s not an excuse but anyone who played team sports, especially at a higher level, can get what he was attempting to say. He should’ve left the fans out of it.

  15. This Bears fan had no issue what he said. Everybody wants to be mad at something these days for attention.

  16. As a bears fan, I did very little to help this team. Fields has put in a ton more work than I have. Let him be frustrated. I hate athletes having to walk back human emotions I have every day.

  17. Why the Bears fans butthurt? He didn’t disrespect any fans. What he said is true, I’m sure it hurts the actual players a little more then the fans.

  18. Wow! How old is this kid? He doesn’t understand how to deal with the media and the power of social media. Didn’t he have to deal with any of this in…I dunno…college? Needs instruction from his dad? Can’t imagine having Fields as the leader/face of my franchise.

  19. Fields has seriously regressed from last year. My take, its a new system and he has trouble unlearning what he learned last year and grabbing hold of the new stuff/
    You can see he is thinking a lot out there and that is causing him to make late decisions and look un sure of what to do.
    Its on him, either he over comes it soon or he will be second string and on the move elsewhere soon. The new coach cant let Fields take him down.

  20. Lol! He screwed up and should have come out and apologized to the fans instead of this long winded explanation. It doesn’t help that he’s been terrible so far. Bears fans were ready to say he really good after first game.

  21. Actaully, fans care most than players. Some players are in it for fame or money or whatever. Most fans are just fanatic.

  22. You know how you draft a quarterback most teams build around him immediately with high draft picks and premium free agents at the offensive line and wide receiver positions. The Bears did the exact opposite. Bold move and we’ll see how it plays out for them.

  23. I wish the PR departments of pro sports teams wouldn’t force players to retract what they meant, to say what the PR team tells them what they really meant.

  24. HaHa this is funny. That’s what Fields and the Bears fans get. Acting like they won the SB after beating the Niners opening day in inclement weather. They are who we know they are. TRASH! LMAO

  25. Maybe he should study how well fellow young quarterback Tua Tagovailoa conducts himself in similar situations. Come to think of it, maybe how the latter handles on the field stuff, too.

  26. Well Justin. The first thing you should do is win. When that happens I’m sure the fans will love you, but you have win. This city will put you on a pedestal but you can’t talk all that crap until then. Attitude adjustments should be easy for a smart kid like you. A little happiness on the sideline would help too . Try to look a little more interested and try to have fun. It’s football.

  27. Bears fans have invested a lot of their egos and pride in the team. There’s been little but endless disappointment since Brett because starting QB for Green Bay way back in 1992 (30 years ago!). Makes perfect sense that they’ve be thin skinned about comments like this. But Justin is a young guy. His education goes beyond learning how to play QB in the NFL.

  28. Never turn against your fanbase. No matter how bad it gets, winning solves a lot – 10+ years Jaguars fan from Slovenia

  29. He’s not wrong though. He didn’t owe fans an explanation, he is only beholden to his coaches and teammates. Fans like to act entitled as if they have any say in decisions a team makes or plays they call.

    You don’t. Cheer for your team or don’t but don’t pretend you have any right to an explanation or have any influence in what a team does.

  30. You won’t be in this position after this year, which is a shame because, while a bit raw, you can develop into a quality starter.

    All you have to look at is the draft capital and money spent on defense vs offense and the 32nd ranked offensive line.

    Eberflus was planning on replacing you the day he was hired.

  31. look, he’s young and shot his mouth off. I’m 41 and cringe thinking about some of the stuff i said in my early 20’s.

    with that said, damn near half the battle of being a starting NFL QB is how you handle yourself. it’s the “job” part of being in the NFL

  32. The fact that he felt the need to apologize is so lame.. who cares if some “fans” got butt hurt

  33. This whole tempest in a teapot show how badly the senior executives are at the Bears. Fields needs help on the PR side as much as he does on the OLine and some coaching when emotions are not involved would help him when the NFL forces him to talk to reporters.

  34. Oh no. Don’t say that Fields even if it’s true. Also they might not put in the physical work not the emotional and psychological effort fans out into pulling for their teams are things that some players just cannot comprehend.

  35. He’s not at Ohio State anymore playing behind a line that keeps him untouched and throwing to guys who have ten yards of separation.

  36. Professional athletes that don’t understand their fan base for the role of media rarely have long-term success. Some guys shouldn’t talk to the media. Some should let their play do the talking. In this instance, it is hard to tell which is worse… His performance with the media or his performance on the field.

  37. The fact that people were upset about his initial comment is ridiculous…Hey fans, you aren’t doing anything to help the bears beat the packers. You aren’t showing up to practice, watching film, and facing injury every time you step on the field. THAT is the work he is talking about.

  38. Hey Justin, you get paid to put in that work. The fans pay money to come out and watch that work. I’m sure they’d all like to say thank you for putting in that 70 yards passing. Hard at work there. Right?

  39. Fields just can’t back up his words(Bears will overtake Packers soon uttered in 2021) and lashes out at his own fans. Sad!!

  40. Nothing he said was wrong.

    If fact, it SHOULD hurt players more – that means they care and it’s not just about the paycheque. Why some “social media outlets” think fans are more impacted with a loss than the people playing the game is just baffling.

  41. Time someone should whisper loudly in his ear, your honeymoon is over now the fans will come down on you expecting you to start performing and living up to the hype or its going to get ugly for you.,

  42. More than being a pro than just raw ability. Especially at the QB position. Looks like Fields has more growing up to do on and off the field.

  43. How could any Bears fan misinterpret what Fields said about putting in the hard work with his teammates in practice daily so they can come out and win on Sundays? he didnt mean the fans did not work hard for a living to attend his games,he meant he and his team works hard to win games and its dissappointing when they dont.Bears fans should have known the difference as its not rocker science,what a bunch of babies the Bears fans are.

  44. Snowflake Bear fans. We should be used to losing by now. This is their life, their livelihoods at stake. Their pride.

    No need to apologize, I’m not getting hit, I watch on my couch and drink a cold one.

  45. The whole team other than David Montgomery played like garbage against the Packers and the new coaching staff got their rear ends handed to them as well. Best thing to do is put this behind them and try to stack a couple of wins against the Texans and Giants. Winning will make a lot of this drama go away. And if by some miracle they manage to beat Green Bay late in the year in Chicago with Fields playing a major role in the win, this will all be virtually forgotten.

  46. He’s not wrong… the players do put in the work. The fans drink beer and watch gladiator sport for entertainment. I would be frustrated too if I went from Matt Nagy’s terrible offensive scheme to an even worse offensive scheme employed by Eberflus, honestly I wouldn’t have thought that would be possible without seeing it firsthand.

  47. patsrule says:
    Give him a break. This is a non story.
    ==

    Without taking one side or the other, it WAS a non-story until Justin Fields doubled down on his original comments with an unnecessary clarification/apology. In doing so, he MADE it a story.
    No doubt someone will chime in with “he was just answering a reporter’s question, what was he supposed to say?” My response is that “no comment” and “next question” are two handy weapons every athlete/celebrity should have in his or her interview arsenal. The key is knowing and understanding when to use them, and when not to.
    Fields is young and hopefully he’s earned a valuable lesson. If not, he’s in for a tumultuous and possibly short-term relationship with the media and whatever fan base he plays in front of.

  48. im not a fieldds fan at all, but we all knew what he meant and anyone who didnt is a fool, he was frustrated and is like 25 yrs old not everything comes ouot the right way. the root of his frustration is that he is not ready to be a starting nfl qb yet! lets see how he bounces back form this

  49. “Does this loss hurt more because of the fans desire to end Aaron Rodgers ownership run?”

    “No, I am disappointed for my teammates more than the fans. So it doesn’t hurt more. I see how hard my teammates work to get better, and I let them down. I am disappointed that I also let the fans down. But ultimately, I play for my teammates, and I have to be better than I was tonight.”

    ^^^^ This is how he should have worded it. Because the way he did made every Bob and Charlie in Chicago cough up their pastrami when they said that the players work harder than them Justin Fields has no idea how much time they spent on smoking the brisket for tailgate or how much time their wives spend making charcuterie boards! What did you do Justin? Lift a few weights? Learn a new language and playbook? Watch hours and hours of film on yourself and your opponents? Psshhh.

  50. Fans that are complaining like they have a stake in the game is funny in this day and age. This isn’t the 1940s where fans either went to the game or gathered around the radio to listen to the game. A majority of these player salaries come from TV rights, league marketing, and advertisers. Why do you think each team has an official beer of the team? Why does the league let companies bid to be the official pizza of the league? Why do so many stadiums have a corporate sponsor? Because the merchandise and memorabilia that fans buy along with tickets makes up a much smaller portion of that big pile of money that gets divided between 2300 players, owners, staff, and league execs.

    The NFL is more worried about losing Miller Lite than Chuck from Toledo when it comes to revenue. Fans that are disillusioned that they pay the players salaries need to realize that they are just a small fraction of the equation.

  51. He should just stop talking to the media altogether. Remember when he first came out of college and played one pre-season game and proclaimed that the NFL was “slow” for him? Then I think he followed that up with some other non-sensical comment basically implying that he wasn’t going to have any problems at this level.

  52. Bear fans might be a little too sensitive but all those posting “ease up it’s a rebuild year “ need to remember that it is either the 3 or 4th rebuild since 1985. The-24-5 record against Rogers really gets under our skin. Fields would be wise to get that as well.

  53. Fans don’t play in the game, but without paying customers there is no NFL and Justin Fields is not making millions of dollars.

  54. The Bears should have Fields throw the ball 40 times a game, they are going to loose anyway,why not give him some expierence,he will never learn handing the ball off on 75 percent of the plays.

  55. Just WIN BABY!!! That will solve all your problems. The Bears use to be one of the best team around. Not now!! A winning organization has to start at the top. Hire the right people,let them do their job. Sometimes it takes time.

  56. All these ^^^^^ nasty comments aimed at Justin Fields. All of them together, plus a token, will get you on the subway. Only one opinion matters — the opinion inside Halas Hall.

  57. Simple Fields PR advice Regardless of what you really think the approach is simple: take all the blame when the Bears lose and share the responsibility when they win. You can discuss with your folks how you really feel.

    PS: Call Trubisky as he is in the same boat but now with a different team.

  58. He could have cleared it up by simply saying, “Yes we the Bears & Rodgers still does OWN us, & we still suck”

  59. The fans may not be putting in the work on the field but their dollars are putting in the work in his salary. I am also thinking it is hard work to be a Bears fan so I guess he is just completely wrong.

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