Dan Campbell Makes Joke About Bears Trading Justin Fields

After the Chicago Bears traded Justin Fields this offseason, Detroit Lions HC Dan Campbell couldn't help but joke about his joy regarding the QB leaving the division.

Lions HC Dan Campbell is happy that Justin Fields is no longer in the NFC North.
Lions HC Dan Campbell is happy that Justin Fields is no longer in the NFC North. / Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Although the future is bright as the 2024 NFL Draft nears, Chicago Bears fans were still sad to see Justin Fields traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason. Fields wasn't the most consistent quarterback throughout his three-year stay in the Windy City, but he always left his heart on the gridiron and won over a ton of fans because of that.

There are people who are happy to see Fields leaving Chicago, for one reason or another, including the head coach of one NFC North rival.

Bears News: Dan Campbell Jokes About Justin Fields Trade

At this week's Annual League Meeting, Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell told reporters that "it's nice to have Fields out of that division," per Pride of Detroit's Jeremy Reisman.

Since being drafted 11th overall in 2021, Fields has faced the Lions five times, leading the Bears to a 2-3 record along the way. He went 1-1 against Detroit during the 2023 campaign, which included winning the most recent meeting — a 28-13 victory at home in Week 11.

In those five career meetings, Fields completed 57.0% of his passing attempts for 843 passing yards, five touchdowns, three interceptions, and an 84.1 passer rating. When it comes to facing the Lions, his 56 carries, 450 rushing yards, and three TDs are also the most he has against any team he's faced.

But even though Campbell was mostly joking with his words, it isn't the first time that he's complimented Fields.

Back in December, the Lions HC described the former Ohio State Buckeye as "one of these rare, dangerous players" and that "everything starts with him" when Detroit is game planning for a game against Chicago. It takes a special player to receive compliments like that — especially from a divisional rival.

Time will tell if the Bears' next QB — likely USC's Caleb Williams — can similarly terrorize Campbell and the Lions while earning the same respect.

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