Some comments from Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko this week about quarterback Justin Fields will have fans smiling.
The Chicago Tribune’s Dan Wiederer recently spoke with Janocko about Fields and he detailed that conversation via a tweet thread.
According to Wiederer, Janocko said that Fields is “peeved” that he’s not playing this week in the Bears’ season-finale.
The decision to sit Fields against the Minnesota Vikings was made earlier this week. Fields is dealing with an injured hip and Chicago doesn’t want to risk further injury in a meaningless game.
That’s not what should make Bears fans excited, though.
Janocko also talked about how Fields wants to be the face of the franchise. He wants to be “the guy”.
One of Fields’ best qualities has been his thick skin and ability to be maturely self-critical.— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) January 6, 2023
Janocko: “He’s a thumb pointer.”
That has fostered a low-maintenance, high-communication growth environment w no fears of hurt feelings or a bruised psyche.
According to Janocko, Fields takes criticism well and he points the finger at himself before others.
These are all the traits that a quarterback has to have to be elite. The physical traits matter, but what really separates a good quarterback from a great quarterback is the mental part of the game. And it sounds like Fields has that part down.
Now all the Bears need to do is surround Fields with some talent. If they can do that this offseason, the sky is the limit for this team in 2023.
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