Justin Fields gives his own self-assessment after 6 games
LAKE FOREST — While he certainly wasn’t ranting or raving on the microphone at Soldier Field after the Oct. 13 loss to the Commanders, the Bears quarterback’s frustration was clear.
“I’m tired of being almost there. Tired of being so close. I feel like I’ve heard it for so long now,” Fields said after a 12-7 loss to Washington, where the offense’s last play was inches from the winning score.
It was the most vocal frustration the sophomore quarterback had expressed since joining the team ahead of the 2021 season. Still, Fields insisted Thursday during his pre-Games Patriots press conference on Monday Night Football on how the feeling after a loss was no different that night.
“I have the same frustration after every loss,” Fields said when asked how he overcomes that frustration as he did after the Commanders game. ” I do not like losing. I told you many times. It’s just about seeing where you can improve and seeing where you can improve. Watching the movie, of course, hurts.
“Just seeing where you can improve, what I can do best as a quarterback, and just trying to improve every day.”
So how does he feel now six weeks into the 2022 season? Fields gave his own self-assessment Thursday.
“That I can play better,” the quarterback said when asked how he would rate himself so far. “I will always be like this. Like I said, I’m a perfectionist, but it’s hard to be perfect. Like I said, I can get better at everything, as far as the quarterback game is concerned.
Fields completes 58.4% of his passes in six games for 869 yards with four touchdowns to five interceptions. He also rushed for 282 yards (5.2 per carry) with a score.
The sophomore quarterback is 2-4 this season and 4-12 as a starter in the NFL, a dramatic start from his 20-2 record at Ohio State as a starter in the NFL. 2019 and 2020 seasons. Much like his game itself, dealing with defeats comes down to getting better.
“You just have to work harder,” Fields said. “It’s the only thing I know how to do. Just keep doing it.”
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