Justin Fields takes a direct shot at the Chicago Bears' culture

The grass may be greeners on the other side.
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When Justin Fields was the starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears, it's no secret that the Bears may not have been in the greatest of positions to develop a quarterback with the potential that Fields had when he was selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft by a general manager in Ryan Pace, who was making a last-ditch effort to save his job.

Ignoring the fact that the Bears already had veteran Nick Foles on the roster, the Bears also signed veteran Andy Dalton the month before they selected Fields. It was a crowded quarterback room and when that did not always see eye-to-eye considering the clear signs of tension between Foles and Matt Nagy.

Reports this offseason have also suggested that there was tension between Fields and Foles. While not addressing those rumors, in his latest comments, Fields seemingly took a shot at the culture he experienced with the Bears.

"Me being in two different places now, I realize you don't get this culture everywhere", Fields told reporters over the weekend.

-Justin Fields,

There is no question that the Steelers are more equipped to handle Fields' arrival as a veteran backup quarterback than the Bears were when the Ohio State standout arrived in the league as a rookie. Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin has clear messaging and is direct when speaking about where things stand with not only Fields but every player on the roster.

That wasn't the case for Fields throughout most of his three seasons as the Bears' starting quarterback. The messaging between the Bears and Fields often seemed muddied with it being clear that the two sides were not always on the same page.

As Fields also mentioned, the Bears have taken steps to correct that this offseason with the arrival of Caleb Williams. The Bears are working in lockstep with Williams as he enters the NFL with the expectation of finally being the answer for the team at the quarterback position.