Tired of late hitting, Fields plans to be “on the umpires” to get the flags

LAKE FOREST, IL – Justin Fields is managed differently than other quarterbacks in the NFL. The evidence is as clear as day.

Bears sophomore quarterbacks are constantly late, either after a slip or while out of bounds. There have been countless times this season where Fields took a snap after turning himself in only to find there was no wash on the field.

The latest incident occurred on Sunday in the Bears’ 25-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles when defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh hit him in the head after sliding. Fields appealed to the official for the flag, but to no avail.

After a late hit in the Bears’ season-opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, Fields said he “might have to wait four or five years” to get those calls. Now he has decided to pressure the officials in hopes that the call will eventually go his way.

“I’ve had a few times when I slipped and got hit too late and didn’t get any flags,” Fields said Tuesday at Hallas Hall. “I think at this point in time… I’m going to be in the refs just looking for a call. When I think he’s aware, I’m going to call the ref. On Sunday, he said he doesn’t think it’s a foul. I’m just going to beg for those calls and hopefully get one in the near future.” .

Fields did not understand how hitting Suh while on the ground did not warrant an unnecessary roughness penalty.

“I felt like I was down, and then I felt a 300-pound person jump on my back,” Fields said. “I have to ask those referees about those calls.”

In an era of the NFL prioritizing quarterback protection, the Fields don’t benefit from the same friendly flags as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and others.

Fields had several questionable hits during the Bears’ Week 11 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, including one on the Bears’ final drive after he separated his left shoulder. Fields took QB drawing the middle and slid after picking up a few yards but was drilled in by Grady Jarrett after he was on the ground.

After this loss in Atlanta, Bears rookie Gaekwan Brisker demanded that the NFL give Fields the same protection they give other quarterbacks.

“Especially, the league, if it were any different in the quarterback, they’d be throwing hella flags,” Brecker said. …hits out of bounds, late, or near white.

“If that’s Tom Brady, or Jared Goff, or anybody like that, they immediately drop the flags. Just like you saw today. They drop the flag.” [Marcus] Mariota, stumbled upon himself. I feel like they should respect Justin more and view him as a quarterback because, obviously, there should be more flags. He gets targeted every game and none of them get thrown.”

When asked why Fields doesn’t get the same calls as other callers, Brisker was at a loss.

Brecker said, “I don’t know. Maybe because he’s strong, physical. I don’t know. He’s the quarterback. I feel like he should get the same—he should be equal. Just like everybody else.”

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The matter is not even, so Fields will try to take matters into his own hands, hoping to capture the benefit of protection afforded to his peers across the league.

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