Justin Fields “Ain’t No Damn Running Back”
One of my least favorite running narratives, popularized because of a few loud simpletons, is that Justin Fields is a “running back.”
Stop it. Get some help. Pronto.
Does Fields have things to work on as a quarterback? Absolutely. Are there things he could be better at? For sure. But running backs don’t do this:
Nope. They running backs sure don’t do stuff like this and anyone who says anything to the contrary should probably be put in Twitter timeout.
And to serve up fresh reminders that Fields is a quarterback who happens to be exceptionally awesome when running the ball to escape what was a constant flood of pass rushers, some of Fields’ former college teammates are spending time at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis taking up for Chicago’s QB1:
Ahhh, that is some refreshing commentary. Not that we needed to hear it. But it is always nice to read/hear things for the sake of confirmation.
And props to C.J. Stroud for not falling into an easy trap at the Combine. Stroud has a case to be the first QB off the board on draft day. And I’m sure someone could make a case for the Bears to hold on to the first pick and use it on taking Stroud. Instead, he made it profoundly clear that (1) he doesn’t want to come to Chicago and (2) that the Bears are Fields’ team. Moreover, that Stroud confirmed his meeting with the Bears and still dropped those comments really drives it home. Maybe he’s heard it straight from the horse’s mouth that the Bears are Fields’ team. And if that’s the case, it brings us even more clarity to a situation that some obviously need.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, how about pitching some GMs on giving Stroud an opportunity to be some other team’s franchise quarterback? He stands to be a good one if he gets a fair shot at development moving forward.