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Justin Fields reflects on his early impression of the Steelers organization

When the Pittsburgh Steelers made the trade with the Chicago Bears for quarterback Justin Fields, they were acquiring a player who is brimming with talent and coming off being the face of a franchise. The issue with Fields isn’t how he has massive amounts of potential, but the fact he is starting from scratch with a new organization.

While it’s only been Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamp, Fields gave his assessment of his new organization as he prepares for training camp in July.

“Just being around this organization, with this culture, and me being in two different places now, you realize that you don’t get this culture everywhere,” said Fields. “I think Chicago, they are kind of changing the narrative now. But this has just been the culture here for so many years to where you can see it. It’s just the way we attack every day.”

Well said by a seasoned professional in front of a microphone, but what have been the biggest differences between Pittsburgh and Chicago? According to Fields, it’s easier to just “go with the flow” in a place like Pittsburgh, rather than feeling as if you have to blaze your own trail.

“Especially as a leader, as a player on this team, you don’t have to try to do your own thing,” said Fields. “You come into a place where they’ve been doing the same thing for a long time, so you go with the flow and get in the mix and learn how we do things here and go from there. It’s been good.

“We’re all grown men in here, so you should automatically take accountability for everything you do on the field, whether it’s some good or some bad,” said Fields. “I think everybody’s responded well to that. I think that does nothing but make everybody better, allows your teammates to put more trust in whoever it is that’s taking accountability.”

Outside of a new facility, teammates and playbook, Fields is having to get acquainted with a new coaching staff. In particular, Fields’ new quarterbacks coach Tom Arth. Arth brings a wealth of experience to the position, and Fields has loved working with him up to this point.

“Tom is great,” said Fields. “Just his attention to detail. The way he comes in each and every day, he comes in as the same guy every day. I don’t think I’ve had a coach that detailed as Tom. He’s very detailed in terms of practice review, sending us the information, breaking down each and every play. And just focusing on the details. I think that’s the thing that sets him apart. He’s been great so far. I’m excited to allow our relationship to grow.”

The hope is Fields on-field growth mirrors the off-field growth he is experiencing since becoming a member of the Steelers, and this will only bolster the team’s depth at the quarterback position heading into 2024. Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for training camp at Saint Vincent College in July.


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