Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields has displayed tremendous growth as a player in the 2022 season. But it’s his development as a leader that should have Bears fans confident in the direction of the team.
Remember during the draft people seriously were considered with Justin Fields and his battle against epilepsy?— Bears Nation (3-10) (@BearsNationCHI) December 2, 2022
Remember when they said he wasn’t a “leader” “last guy in first guy out mentality”
Oh how wrong they were…
Rookie cornerback Jaylon Jones showered his quarterback with compliments during the team’s bye week. In an interview via Marquee Sports Network, Jones spoke on what Fields means to the locker room.
“I think that’s a guy we all respect,” Jones said. “His aura is contagious, you can tell he’s a winner. He wants to do anything that he can to help this team win by any means. A guy like that you’re always going to respect and want to go to war with.”
Young quarterbacks taken in the first round can have a me-first mentality at times, often forgetting how important leadership is. The most obvious example being New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, who was benched for failing to take accountability for a bad performance.
That’s not who Fields is. He has every right to be frustrated with his offensive line, along with the lack of talent he has at the receiver position. However, he’s never the one to point the finger.
Instead of waiting for his injured shoulder to fully heal with nothing left to play for this season, Fields went out and put on the best passing performances of his pro career last week against the Green Bay Packers.
Fields embodies everything that Chicago craves in a quarterback. Not only is he a budding star, but his leadership off the field matches his world class abilities on it.
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