Bears fans must be growing fatigued with the silver linings that follow loss after embarrassing loss. That being said, Justin Fields demonstrated another trait that should make the franchise confident when analyzing its future.
Fields and the Bears’ offense struggled mightily in Sunday’s 41-10 loss to the Detroit Lions. Fields threw for just 75 yards, though he did add 132 yards on the ground. Overall, it was a discouraging effort against one of the NFL’s worst defenses.
Bears wide receiver Chase Claypool appeared to be the most frustrated member of the team on Sunday. Since being traded to Chicago via the Pittsburgh Steelers, Claypool has failed to get much of anything going.
Claypool was shut out on Sunday as Fields only managed to target him once. With his frustrations mounting, Claypool threw his helmet to the ground on the sideline while exchanging words with wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert.
1 target, 0 catches today— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) January 1, 2023
Bears 0-8 since they traded for Chase Claypool https://t.co/s7xYH9J5Ta
Fields answered questions after the loss on how the team handled a tense moment with one of his newest teammates.
“Yeah, he was frustrated. He’s a passionate player. He’s passionate about the game, was just showing his emotion,” Fields explained.
“It’s great to have emotion in the game, but you have to know how to control it. You can’t let it come out like that because at the end of the day, that’s not helping anybody. That’s not helping the team. Everybody’s frustrated. We’re getting blown out. Just call it what it is. We got punched in the mouth. Everybody feels that way.”
It’s a mature response from Fields, who has taken significant strides as a leader in his second season in the NFL.
“I talked to him. That’s not going to do anything,” Fields continued. “That’s not helping anybody. That’s just spreading everybody apart. We need to be here for each other, stick with each other and fight. Not many teams in the league are going to fight the way we did.”
No matter the score, Fields and this offense needs to capitalize on any and every opportunity to grow as the regular season winds down.
“But just like, every drive, we were getting blown out and I’m like, ‘Yo, I don’t care what the scoreboard is. We’re going to go out there. We’re going to play our hardest.’ They know that I’m doing that.”
Asked Justin Fields after the game about Chase Claypool's moment of frustration. Pretty impressive display of leadership from the Bears QB pic.twitter.com/F6WBVbCZHv— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) January 1, 2023
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