While Justin Fields is going through the normal ups and downs that many rookie quarterbacks face in their initial NFL season, that doesn’t make watching the Chicago Bears offense any easier. He’s struggling no doubt, but the game plans around him aren’t doing him any favors. He fumbled three times (losing 2), and threw three interceptions, and yes, those are ultimately on him, but he revealed an interesting nugget on the first interception.
“In the headset they were telling me we (the Bucs) had 12 men on the field, so I was trying to snap the ball quick,” Fields said. “And then me snapping the ball quick, I think it caught our receivers off guard, because we were trying to get a flag, so me thinking that we had 12 men on the field, that’s a free play. So I’m thinking, ‘All right, scramble around and stuff like that. And then, of course, I see A-Rob downfield and I think he slips and of course the pick. I mean, that’s just trying to get 12 people on the field, and then it just went bad from there.”
This makes two weeks in a row where he threw a pick after thinking he had a free play, but this time the initial mistake came to him from the coaches.
At Fields’ post game press conferences, especially those following losses, you can feel his intensity. He said he’s not angry, but losing games is a new thing for him. “I don’t know how to feel,” he said. “My only reaction to this is to just keep working.”
He said he and his teammates will learn from this experience and get up the “next day and go to work.”
“Times where you get, you know beat, blown out, you got two choices,” Fields said in his initial remarks after the game. “You can either say, F it, I’m a stop, I’m a stop working, I’m a stop playing, or you can go the other route and say, I’m a keep working.”
“I know me, myself, no matter how many picks I throw, no matter how many Ls we take, I’m gonna keep going. That’s just the fact. And that’s just who I am, I’m never gonna stop.”
You can check out the full post game presser from Fields right here.
Khalil Herbert also met the media after the game and his press conference is right here.
Roquan Smith represented the Bears’ D, and here’s his presser.
Here’s the post game press conference from head coach Matt Nagy.