Brand new Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields met the media for the first time as professional on Thursday night, and he displayed the confidence one would expect from a first round QB. Even though there were three other quarterbacks selected in front of him, Fields didn’t express any disappointment in lasting until the 11th overall pick.
“I think this is God’s plan for me to be a Bear,” Fields said on the Zoom presser. “I’m more than excited and I’m more than ready to get up there for sure.”
Up until a few weeks ago there was talk of Fields being the second or third player taken in the 2022 NFL Draft, but some rumors started to circulate about his work ethic that may have hurt his stock.
“There’s definitely been a lot of criticism, but at the end of the day, I know myself, I know how much work I put into the game, I know how much I love the game and I know how much I want to be great,” Fields said. There just comes a point in time when you have to cut that criticism out. “It’s good to listen to criticism from people who are actually there to help you, so if it was from a coach or anything like that, then of course I’m going to take that criticism. But there was a lot of criticism coming from outside voices that didn’t really matter, so I just did by best to kind of cut all of that out and really just get to work.”
Fields has been one of the best players in college football the last two years and he’s battled through some injuries to perform on the biggest stage in that time. He’s a talented passer, a gifted athlete, and he’s ready to take the next step in his football journey by giving his all to the Bears.
“The kind of player the Bears are getting is a versatile player, a player that can make plays both with my arm and also with my legs and, of course, a smart player,” Fields said. “A player that’s going to make smart decisions and a player that wants to win, that’s willing to do whatever to win. That, of course, is my No. 1 job, however that may be, whatever my position may be on the team.”
Fields has already begun to build a relationship with Bears head coach Matt Nagy, on both a professional and a personal level. “I’m pretty big on having great relationships with my coaches,” Fields said. “I think that’s the most effective way to be great and kind of be cooperative as a team.”
When asked how he sees himself in Nagy’s offense, he said “I think I fit perfectly. If he (Nagy) didn’t think I fit well, he wouldn’t have traded up. Just talking to him, getting to know how he communicates with his quarterbacks and his learning style, I think that’s going to make me a better quarterback, a better player because he’s going to teach me a lot. I’m just excited to get up there and learn.”
You can catch Justin Fields’ full press conference right here.
For more on the Justin Fields selection, give Robert Schmitz a listen on his Bear With Me podcast as he’s joined by Jacob Infante, EJ Snyder, and Danny Meehan to break down the pick.