Justin Fields might not say it, but Jaquan Brisker has no problem pointing out that the Bears quarterback doesn't get the same respect from the officials that almost every other quarterback gets.
The Bears' young quarterback takes a lot of late hits, especially when sliding. But those late hits are rarely penalized. From Brisker's point of view, NFL officials allow Fields to take a beating while protecting the other quarterbacks in the league.
That was on full display Sunday during the Bears' 27-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Fields took several massive hits, a few of which appeared to be late, but none got the yellow laundry out of the officials' pocket. On the other side, the officials flagged Bears cornerback Kyler Gordon for a low hit on Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota. The penalty was questionable at best.
That's a call Fields doesn't get. Brisker is sick of it.
“He very tough," Brisker said of Fields after the loss. "Especially, the league, if that was different quarterback, they would be throwing hella flags. A lot of flags. I feel like the league has to look at that. It’s crazy how many times he gets hit in the head every single game, but he still gets up. Gets hit out of bounds, late, or near the white.
"If that was Tom Brady, Jared Goff, or anybody like that, they throwing flags immediately. Just as you seen today. They threw a flag to Mariota, and he tripped over himself. I feel like they got to respect Justin some more and look at him as a quarterback because, obviously, there you should be more flags. He’s getting targeted every single game and none of them are being thrown.”