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Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields unsurprisingly defends Ihmir Smith-Marsette


Week 5 started as badly as it could have gotten for the Chicago Bears.

Going down 21-3 in a hurry and looking like it was only going to get worse, the Bears had their backs against a wall. However, second-year quarterback Justin Fields wasn’t going to let that happen.

Having one of his best and most improved games as a pro, Fields helped lead the Bears back to take the lead late in the game. But, a fumble from wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette in the Bears’ final practice ended any hope of victory.

It’s the game everyone will be talking about all week, and some even want Smith-Marsette cut. Still, Fields took the high road when asked about the game-changing fumble.

Justin Fields showed great class when talking about his teammate, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, and the Chicago Bears’ loss to Minnesota.

Asked which play changed the outcome of the game, Fields answered this:

“Yeah, it’s hard. But I know Ihmir. I know he’s feeling bad right now. So our job is to get it back. And he’s a great player. Me, personally, I know what he can do on the pitch. He’s young… sophomore year. He just has to learn from this mistake; keep on going. But he can be one hell of a player in this league for sure.

Now, on the one hand, few fans could argue with the Bears if they chose to cut Smith-Marsette. In context, this game was about as selfish as a gamer could get. Smith-Marsette should have gone out of bounds, because he even confessed after the game.

Instead, he chose not just to take more time off, but to risk it all – and he lost.

But, on the other hand, it’s certainly positive to see such leadership from Fields’ perspective. There are quarterbacks in this league who may not have taken the same approach when asked about a play like this. Veteran quarterbacks like, say, Aaron Rodgers might have chosen a short answer out of frustration.

It’s not Fields, though. Although Smith-Marsette was a late addition to this Bears roster late in training camp and preseason, Fields treated him like he was there from the start.

Leadership and integrity count for something in this league, and the Bears have it in their starting quarterback.

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