Bears quarterback Justin Fields is making headlines for his brutally honest comments about his recent struggles this season. Namely, who’s to blame.
Fields admitted that he felt “robotic” against the Buccaneers last week, where he didn’t feel like he was playing his game. But he’s determined not to let that happen again.
“I felt like I was playing robotic,” Fields said Wednesday. “My goal this week is to say F it and just play football. That’s when I play my best when I am out there playing free. I am going to go out there and be me.”
When asked about why he was overthinking, Fields was blunt: “Coaching.”
Fields said he’s being fed a lot of information by coaches — especially what they want from him as a pocket passer — which is causing him to overthink. Fields wants to stop thinking so much and just go out and play his game, similar to what we saw last season. And that’s what he promised for Sunday against the Chiefs.
As you can imagine, the NFL world had plenty of reactions to Fields’ presser. Whether it was some calling Fields immature for blaming it on his coaches and others praising Fields for taking accountability and also being honest about why he’s been playing “robotic.”
Safe to say, everyone’s got their popcorn ready to see what happens next at Halas Hall. Oh, and it’s only Week 3.
Here's how the NFL world is reacting to Fields taking a shot at coaches:
– Justin Fields took shots at his coaches
– Braxton Jones is going on IR and could miss the season
– No idea if/when Alan Williams will return
What a Wednesday at Halas Hall 😳
— Brendan Sugrue (@BrendanSugrue) September 20, 2023
I love it from Justin Fields today. 15 games to prove he’s the guy. Take control & let’s see it happen. #Bears
— Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) September 20, 2023
Good for Justin Fields. He's taking control of his 'right now.'
If you don't think Luke Getsy is breaking him, go back and watch how he began today's presser.
Whatever happens moving forward is on Fields. What's happened up to this point has been the result of bad coaching.
— Bryan Perez (@BryanPerezNFL) September 20, 2023
Justin Fields today pic.twitter.com/yyOVKxD71U
— 79th & Halas Podcast (@79thAndHalas) September 20, 2023
I don't think I can ever remember a #Bears player advocating for himself quite like Justin Fields just did. The confidence he just showed in his own abilities has to give you belief that he can get there.
— Mark Carman (@thecarm) September 20, 2023
That Justin Fields press conference sure was something. It'll be fascinating to see how he, and the Bears offense collectively, plays on Sunday.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) September 20, 2023
"Dump all the 'what I should do', this and that, pocket stuff, I'm gonna go out there and be me"
Fields says "you'll see soon" when asked what that looks like.
Oh man. Sunday is going to be interesting. https://t.co/wVgLiXWhNi
— Carmen Vitali (@CarmieV) September 20, 2023
I’ve gone on record suggesting that this is the worst situation in the league for Justin Fields to develop. He hasn’t necessarily helped his own cause, especially Sunday, but for him to say something like this out loud … 👀 https://t.co/qfj3eu2XXH
— Matt Lombardo 🏈 (@MattLombardoNFL) September 20, 2023
this is the justin fields we need, the QB1 we need, the most important man in the organization. at the end of the day, when hes on the field he shouldnt answer to anyone. let him do his thing before its time for a new QB. cant wait for sunday pic.twitter.com/hL9HZyYxhW
— DOM (@DOM_Frederic) September 20, 2023
Justin Fields said I might not be the best QB in the league but I’m not gonna be the scapegoat for this nonsense https://t.co/0PeSU14QnS
— David Helman (@davidhelman_) September 20, 2023
— Harrison Graham (@HGrahamNFL) September 19, 2023
THANK THE LORD & GOOD FOR H1M
HE FINALLY **SOUNDS** LIKE THE JUSTIN WE KNOW AND LOVE
LET HIM PLAY LIKE H1M, LUKE!!! 🐻⬇️ https://t.co/u7Kx1zXA7I
— Kirsten Tanis (@kct2020) September 20, 2023
Sounds to me like he’s been overthinking things in real time and you 100% cannot do that in this league
Love how he’s switched up the focus to “just go”
I’ll gladly take some bad plays that are likely to happen due to this if it means the explosiveness is back
Let’s get it 1 https://t.co/uPko3HQvxQ
— Anthony Quagliano (@ViatorLion10) September 20, 2023
Just when I want to quit on this man he pulls me back in. Let’s see what he can do Sunday https://t.co/OUwptSU27U
— Alex Garza (@_Garza33) September 20, 2023
Gotta respect the honesty. Many athletes say what’s “safe” vs the “truth”. He took accountability, and was very transparent with what he believes is holding him back and what he wants to improve moving forward. Won’t make the company happy but he’s keeping it real. https://t.co/jQEmmA77AK
— Walt P. (@WaltPeguesJr) September 20, 2023
Let the record state I obviously dont want the Chiefs to lose. But man I wanna see Justin bounce back and go crazy https://t.co/O5e2fbCVj9
— Don Lon (@Ball_InMyHand) September 20, 2023
There is so much to digest here.
1. He flat out says the coaching is causing him to play from the pocket.
2. He is saying the information overload is causing him to not “play free”.
3. The thought that the Bears are “breaking” Fields is alive and well.
— Brandon Giesey (@Giesey12) September 20, 2023
He about to go into Arrowhead stadium and put on a dual threat classic omg this game might be special https://t.co/yRmiLCeidd
— ⑦ ①① (@Iknowballlilbro) September 20, 2023
Say what you want about fields maybe not being what we expected, but I would’ve taken this over Mitch trubisky ever single day of the week
This is accountability https://t.co/tN5Kns9FHp
— Windy Bois Fan Club (@BlazingCanes42) September 20, 2023
Between this and the report this AM the coaching staff expected this to be another develop year….
Luke Getsy count your days https://t.co/QOllh1vlqS
— Ñate Atkins (@Nate_Atkins3) September 20, 2023
You hear that? That’s the sound of the bus running right over former Packers QB coach Luke Getsy https://t.co/abAZoQ8BYd
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) September 20, 2023
Wow, it's cool to see how *fine* everything is https://t.co/PeOkVCN7yn
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) September 20, 2023
I’m getting my popcorn ready for this. https://t.co/iGjsVK3TDw
— Jarrett Bailey (@JBaileyNFL) September 20, 2023
If Nathaniel Hackett didn’t exist, Matt Eberflus would be unanimously considered the worst hire from last year, and it wouldn’t be close https://t.co/9VQPp4LeQx
— Zach Seidel (@Seidel_Z) September 20, 2023
"I wish players were more open with the media and spoke honestly instead of giving canned answers"
— gth TOLD YALL (@gth829c) September 20, 2023
— Alex Micheletti (@AlexMicheletti) September 20, 2023
He’s not wrong. At all. I couldn’t imagine being the offensive coordinator of Justin Fields and NOT calling designed runs.
All that said, it’s wild to see the wheels fall off as early as Week 3 in this locker room. https://t.co/OMnVdBG571
— Michael Sicoli (@Michael__Sicoli) September 20, 2023
That Justin Fields presser got me equal parts pissed off at the coaches and excited that Fields may finally be unleashed. #Bears
Justin Fields brute honesty about the coaching shortcomings for the #Bears should be more accepted throughout sports.
If someone’s not doing their job, call them out. Plain and simple.
— Jack Stern (@j_stern97) September 20, 2023
I love what Justin Fields just did, and i see the good and the bad in it. Im busy right now though lets talk about it later 😂 good for him though man !
— Coach Quan (@QuanDBtalk) September 20, 2023