7 thoughts on the Bears 28-19 loss to the Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears Thought No. 4: Is Justin Fields’ postgame comment justified?
If you paid any attention to Justin Fields in his presser, he does not talk a lot or does not seem to enjoy it by his demeanor and tone of his voice.
But his postgame press conference raised an eyebrow when he talked about his first interception. The play happened at the Packers’ 43-yard line with 2:52 left in the fourth quarter. He threw a pass to Equanimeous St. Brown, who was running a dig route. It sure looks like St. Brown was slow to break from the route, allowing cornerback Jaire Alexander to jump in front of him and pick off the pass. That pick essentially ended any hopes of a comeback.
What was interesting was his response to that play after the game. He said the following:
"“It’s the dig route,” Fields said. “I think 23 made a great play on that play. EQ was underneath him. At that point, once you throw that ball, you anticipate the throw, and then boom, he jumped it and really, at that point, you just like to see the receiver come back to the ball.”"
Fields essentially called out St. Brown. You can make the argument that he was staring down his receiver too on that play, but head coach Matt Eberflus also seem to support Fields on that play as well:
He also was not pleased with David Montgomery for not running hard enough on third down on the possession that started with N’Keal Harry’s 49-yard catch early in the fourth quarter. Following that catch, Fields threw a short pass to running back David Montgomery for a two-yard loss on first down. Montgomery picked up 7 yards on second down to bring up a critical, but manageable third and five. Instead of a pass or designed run by Fields, Montgomery was stopped after gaining only a yard.
Fields holds himself accountable as much as anyone on this team and wants to win badly. Considering some of them have already made costly fumbles and drops that cost several opportunities to win, his teammates are clearly not holding up their end of the bargain in his eyes.
He has won a total of only five games in his career so far and the Bears will likely lose all four remaining games, three against Super Bowl contenders Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Minnesota. You can bet Fields will be even more frustrated when the significant talent gap between the Bears and Super Bowl contenders gets exposed.
These comments are clear signs of his frustration, and he has no problem expressing it if and when needed. But it can rub his teammates the wrong way and create dissension in the locker room.
Staying positive while keeping the frustration from boiling over could become a tougher task than winning a game for Matt Eberflus and his staff.