Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields took a swipe at his own team’s fanbase after suffering a 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, insisting that players are more affected by a game’s outcome than supporters.
The 23-year-old was initially asked the following question: ‘Does losing to this team, does it sting more because of this rivalry, and how much Bears fans want to win this game?’
‘I mean it hurts more in the locker room than for Bears fans, at the end of the day, they’re not putting in any work. I see the guys in the locker room everyday and how much they put in so…,’ Fields replied in a postgame press conference.
Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields insisted players care more about a game’s outcome than fans
A Bears fan who goes by the name MikeyBets shared a snippet from Fields’ answer and shared it along the caption: ‘The f***?! This loss hurts for Bears fan just as much as players. Players come and go, Fans are here forever. We put in the work watching a crumb bum franchise that has given us nothing in 37 years. We buy your jerseys, we put the butts in the stands. You’re on thin ice pal.’
The Bears entered the night ahead of the Packers in the division standings for the first time since 2018 but squandered an opportunity to put the three-time defending NFC North champions in an early hole.
They instead lost to the Packers for a seventh consecutive time, and have not won at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin since the 2015 NFL season when then-Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw 31 attempts, completing 19 of them including a touchdown, for 200 yards, in a 17-13 win for Chicago.
The rivalry between both Midwestern teams began in 1921 and is considered as the historic in NFL history. Green Bay surpassed Chicago in the overall series in 2017 and now lead, 104-95-6.
The Bears had previously led the series by a many as 24 games in the 1960s and 1990s. Both teams have played against each other in the NFL playoffs twice, with each winning one game.
However, Sunday’s loss came after Bears made a big splash in the season opener by beating the San Francisco 49ers 19-10 in coach Matt Eberflus’ debut. After taking out a team with Super Bowl hopes in heavy rain, many hoped for the Bears to pull off yet another surprise this past weekend when they visited Green Bay.
However, Chicago struggled throughout much of the game, especially Fields, who only had 70 passing yards and no touchdowns.
Fields’ comments after a 27-10 loss to Green Bay Packers have not gone well with Bears fans
‘At the end of his career, he will be a millionaire many times over and probably have been on multiple other teams with zero loyalty to the Bears other than willingly accept a paycheck for any nostalgia events he’s invited,’ a fan shared on Twitter in reaction to Field’s press conference comment. ‘Meanwhile, the fans will still be here.’
‘They pay 8 times a years to watch you guys. They spend all year watching you guys, asking for changes, hope the best for you guys and watch the draft and pay for replicas of bears gear and jerseys and they don’t get it,’ another Bears fan explained on Twitter.
‘I beg your pardon?!,’ a different Twitter user who was shocked by Fields’ comments shared. ‘He just got here. He better put some respect on the names of the fans that allow him to receive a paycheck.’
‘If you saw this, and don’t think he disrespects fans with that comment. You’re not a fan. You’re a spectator. Basic economics, they exist because fans allow it,’ a New York Jets fan said an agreement with MikeyBet’s tweet. ‘An NFL football franchise is nothing without a FANBASE. Owners want to make money. Fans make that possible.’
‘Crazy thing for a player to say. Many people have supported their teams for longer than these dudes have been alive,’ a person who goes by ‘Kev’ pointed out on Twitter.
‘How to turn your fanbase against you 101,’ said a different user on Twitter.
Justin Fields (#1) runs for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers
Chicago trailed by 14 points in the fourth quarter when Fields (pictured, center) had a 6-yard touchdown run overturned because replays determined he was down before stretching his arm across the goal line
Aaron Rodgers and Justin Fields embrace after the game at Lambeau Field on Sunday night
Fields was selected 11th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Bears, who offered the 20th overall pick in exchange to the New York Giants, as well as their fifth-round pick in 2021, and their first and fourth-round picks in 2022.
A top quarterback prospect from Ohio State University, Fields was among just five players being selected in the first round. He signed a four-year rookie deal, worth $18.8million fully guaranteed, in June of last year after playing for much of the 2021 season due to now-Saints quarterback Andy Walton’s injuries woes.
On Sunday, however, Chicago trailed 24-10 in the fourth quarter when the Bears had an apparent six yard touchdown run by Fields overturned due to replays determining he was down before stretching his arm across the goal line.
On the biggest play of the game, the Bears could hardly be blamed for relying on Fields to try to score himself from less than a yard away.
Fields tried to make it across the goal line while getting swarmed by Green Bay’s Preston Smith and Jarran Reed. Officials ruled Fields was stopped just shy of the goal line, and the call stood after a replay review.
The Bears wouldn’t threaten again, ending their hopes to catch up to their rivals midway through the fourth quarter.
‘I saw a touchdown,’ David Montgomery said of the fourth-down stop. ‘I was right next to the ball. But I wouldn’t expect anything less. We’re not in Soldier Field, home-field advantage, so next time we’ve just got to be sure that we put it in. No question marks.’