Justin Fields clarifies pointed criticism of Bears’ coaching staff – NBC Sports Chicago


LAKE FOREST, Illinois – Bears quarterback Justin Fields spoke openly and honestly at Halas Hall on Wednesday when asked about his early struggles and the Bears’ 27-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. I was asked.

Fields said he felt he played “robotic” against the Bucs and wanted to play free and not think so much.

When asked why he feels like he plays “robotic”, Fields gave a detailed answer about how much information the coaching staff gives him and how it is slowing him down.

“You know, I think maybe coaching,” Fields said. “At the end of the day, they’re doing their job when they’re telling me what to look for, but at the end of the day, I can’t be thinking about it when the game comes. I prepare myself all week long. And then when the game comes, it’s time to play freely. Think less and play more.”

After Wednesday’s practice, Fields called reporters to his locker to clarify that he was not blaming the Bears’ staff. It starts and stops with him.

“I’m not blaming anything on the coaches,” Fields said. “I’m never going to blame anything on the coaches or my teammates. No matter what happens in the game, I’ll take everything. If it’s a dropped pass, it should have been a pass. That’s on me. . Put it on me. You’ll never hear anything out of my mouth where I’ll blame it on someone else, on this organization, on my teammates, you’ll never hear that. Just wanted to make that clear. Better me “Need to play. That’s what I should have said in the first place. I was trying to give details. I appreciate all of you for what you do.”

In his first press conference, Fields talked about how information overload was keeping him from playing like himself. Fields said he is “a perfectionist”, which is why he tries to do things exactly the way the staff wants them all the time, rather than playing the way he did in the past.

Fields pointed to a strip sack against the Bucs as a moment where he did not play intuitive football because he was trying to do things perfectly instead of playing loose. The 24-year-old quarterback said his internal clock was out of whack and he needed to get out and run. But he wanted to stay in the pocket to maintain his coaching points, which led to him staying in the pocket too long and getting dismissed.

Fields said, “Sure. I’m leaving. I’m gone. The time clock, my pocket is gone.” “That’s why it happened because they wanted me to work in the pocket during the offseason, which is the case at times, but when that internal clock stops, that’s when you need to go out and make the play, Create one and play. So yes, it’s kind of like coaching them, and then this is always going to happen…you don’t have to do this all the time…it’s not going to work out perfectly every time. Yes, like this There are times when I could stay in the pocket, but on that play in particular, I was in the pocket for a long time. I’ve got to move the play, get out of the pocket, move the play, and something with that.” Have to do it. Make something happen. That’s kind of what I’m talking about though, getting back to my game and being more of a football player than this kind of thinker on the field.”

Fields also said he does not believe offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and head coach Matt Eberflus are trying to force him to be something he is not. It’s about working together in partnership to figure out what works best for Fields and the offense.

“I think Luke knows I’m myself, I’m my own person,” Fields said. This is a specific method. In the big scheme of things, I just have to be me and play the game the way I play it. I think sometimes when I’ve been trained, I think I’ve had times where I’ve been like, ‘Okay, they want me to do it this way,’ so I have to change it. This is probably more about me than the coach. When they tell me things, of course, I correct them.

“But in the grand scheme of things, I still have to be the person and the player [that] Brought me to this point. Instead of changing my entire game, just apply it to my game and make some small improvements. But don’t let it change me as a complete player.”

Fields’ initial comments and explanations do not differ from each other. He was open about why he was struggling the way he did during the two matches. He said that he has to play better and become himself. He also said he talked to the staff about what he felt needed to be done to allow them to play freely.

The bottom line is that Fields feels like he has a type of paralysis by analysis and is not playing with the emotion and instincts that have gotten him to this point. He hasn’t been playing well, but what he said Wednesday reflects a young quarterback who doesn’t believe the team’s offensive scheme and priorities align well with what creates a special player.

Both Fields and the Bears will have to work to change that.

Fields said that Eberflus and Getsy were “receptive” to the discussion and that neither one took it personally. Eberflus said the Bears want Fields to play free and be comfortable.

The 0-2 Bears will travel to Kansas City to face the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday. This is where Justin Fields’ old plans resurface.

“My goal this week is just to say I go out there and play football the way I know how to play football,” Fields said. “It involves thinking less and just going out there and playing intuitively rather than having a lot of information in my mind, data in my mind. Just really going out there and playing football. Going back it’s a game, and that’s it. That’s when I play my best, when I’m out there playing free and being myself, so I’m going to say whatever I want, this and that, pocket stuff. I go out Gonna be there and be me.”

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