The Chicago Bears’ poor start to the season has gotten worse after quarterback Justin Fields criticized his own coaches.
The third-year starter made the impressive series of comments during a press conference on Wednesday after an 0-2 start to the season.
Reflecting on how he played during the 27-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2, Fields admitted: “Obviously there were things that I didn’t like, I felt like I didn’t necessarily mean Game played.”
“I felt like I was kind of a robot and not playing like myself. My goal this week is just to say ‘F-it’ and play football the way I know how to play football.”
“Part of it is me thinking less and just going out and playing instinctively instead of just having so much information and data in my head and just going out and playing football.”
Fields said he just wants to enjoy the game again, as he believes he is at his best.
And as to why he was overthinking, Fields commented: “Could be coaches, I guess, but at the end of the day they’re doing their job when they give me what to look at, stuff like that, but at. “Ultimately I can’t think about it when the game comes.
“I’m preparing all week, but when the game comes, at that point it’s time to play freely. It’s just about thinking less and playing more.”
The 24-year-old was then asked if he felt there were “too many coaching voices” hindering his ability to process everything.
In response, Fields said, “I don’t think so [there’s] Too many coaching voices, but I just think when you’re fed a lot of information at a certain point in time and [when] When you play, you try to keep in mind the information that this means you won’t be able to play like yourself.
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“You’re trying to process so much information to the point where, if I were to just simplify it, I saw a couple of games on Sunday where if I had played like my old self, we would have had a positive game. “It would have taken a few more third-down conversions.
“I think the most important thing for me is to play the game the way I know it, the way I’ve played it my whole life.”
The former first-round pick later attempted to clarify his coaching comments while speaking to the media in the locker room – comments he said were taken out of context.
“I don’t blame the coaches. I will never blame the coaches, I will never blame my teammates.” he said.
“I will take it all on myself…whatever happens in a game, I will take all the blame. I don’t care if it’s a dropped pass and it should have been a pass. Send it to me.”
And if that wasn’t enough drama for one day in Illinois, defensive coordinator Alan Williams also resigned.
In a statement via NFL Network Ian RapoportWilliams said, “It is with great regret that I am announcing my resignation as defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears Football Club, effective immediately.”
“I’m taking a step back to take care of my health and my family. I appreciate the opportunity to work with the Chicago Bears, a storied NFL franchise with a rich history…
“I appreciate the NFL shield and everything it stands for, and after taking some time to take care of my health, I plan to come back and train again.”
This came after Williams missed the loss to the Buccaneers.
Williams’ resignation came the same day a report was published by Sports Talk Chicago John Zaghloul claimed both his home and the Bears’ headquarters, Halas Hall, were “searched in connection with an undisclosed incident.”
According to ESPN, a team spokesman continued to deny that Halas Hall was searched Courtney Cronin.