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Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields reacts to offensive tackle Teven Jenkins taking a costly personal foul penalty.
While Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields appreciated his fellow draft classmate Teven Jenkins sticking up for him, the offensive tackle’s personal foul penalty did not help the home team keep its slim playoff chances alive one bit.
Chicago was unable to hit pay dirt all game until the Bears’ final offensive possession. The Bears lost at home to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football 17-9, falling to a dreadful 4-10 on the season. This latest loss knocked the Bears out of the NFC playoff picture entirely. Jenkins may only finally be getting some playing time, but his personal foul penalty was a total drive-killer.
Here is what Fields had to say at the podium about Jenkins’ costly penalty after the Week 15 loss.
Chicago Bears: Justin Fields responds to Teven Jenkins’ costly personal foul
While Fields appreciated the gesture in some ways, his big point was that it came at a bad time. It occurred on the first play of a series and knocked the Bears back half the distance to the goal. Since the Bears struggled to do much of anything offensively in this game, it was the latest example of why head coach Matt Nagy should no longer be leading the team heading into 2022.
Again, Jenkins had not played much this season due to injury. He was immensely talented coming out of Oklahoma State. Together, he and Fields can be big reasons why the Chicago offense eventually gets right under a new coaching staff. However, dumb penalties like that only further drive home the narrative of the Bears being the single hardest NFL offense to watch every week.
The Bears have plenty of time to get this thing right for next year, as that is all they are playing for.