Justin Fields is remaining philosophical about his long-term future at the Chicago Bears.
The Bears are projected to land the number one pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and with several strong quarterbacks on offer, Fields accepts he is facing a fight to retain his number one spot in Chicago.
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“I mean, life isn’t fair,” Fields said. “I’m just focused on what I can control, and the rest is in God’s hands.
“Wherever, if I’m here next year, if I’m not, football doesn’t define who I am as a person. My happiness will still be in the same place, will still be in God.
“I’m really just trying to be consistent; I think that’s the biggest thing. You can play good one game, play bad the other. So me personally, it’s just trying to be consistent and trying to be better than I was yesterday.”
Maintaining a steady level of performance has been an issue for Fields across his eight starts this season with the Bears sitting on a 4-8 record ahead of Sunday’s home game with the Detroit Lions. And he accepts he needs to ignore the critics and improve his play if he is to fend off the competition.
“Shoot, since I got to Chicago, y’all don’t hold back,” Fields told the Chicago media.
“I hear it from y’all, I hear it from fans and stuff like that. I don’t take any of it personal, because I know everybody’s entitled to their opinion on certain things and stuff like that. That’s one thing I try to do is not take anything personal, and just go about it that way.
“I’ve had moments in my life to where I’ve wanted things to happen that didn’t go that way, and it ended up going another way and it worked out better than I ever could have imagined.
“That’s really why I just don’t stress about stuff that happens, and just controlling what I control and like I said earlier just being the best person I can be and striving to be the best player I can be.”