One of the conditions of Andy Dalton to join the Bears was the starter. Even though Chicago agreed to the request, the TCU product did not last long, who has been benched after four weeks into the campaign.
On Wednesday head coach Matt Nagy reported that the rookie Justin Fields will be the quarterback of the Bears for the remainder of the season. The first synodal that the Ohio State graduate will face after the appointment will be the Raiders.
“We have been patient with this, we have grown up with him and we are proud of Justin,” said the coach. “He has done everything to prove to us that he is ready for the opportunity.”
Change of plans
The decision is unexpected considering that Nagy insisted on multiple occasions that Dalton was the starter of the Bears. Even after week 4, the 43-year-old coach he insisted that the hierarchy at Soldier Field was kept intact.
The ownership comes to Fields after just one game leading the offense. The 22-year-old quarterback started the game between the Bears and Lions after a knee injury to Andy Dalton and handed Chicago its first win of the season.
In his first full game with the Bears Fields had 11 completions (17 attempts) for 209 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.. In Week 3, against the Browns, he also saw activity and added 68 yards on six passes.
In case Fields has trouble controlling the offense, the Bears also have Nick Foles on the roster. Super Bowl LII MVP came to Illinois in 2020 in a trade with the Jaguars ─Chicago delivered a fourth-round draft pick.