Before the team knew it would be able to trade up for the Ohio State superstar, it signed Dalton as its starter for 2021. He reportedly received a promise that he’d be in line for the QB1 job ahead of Nick Foles.
With his early performance, Fields has had plenty of questions about his comfortability with being on the bench to start his career. So far, he’s handled everything well, even if in his heart of hearts he wants to be out there to take the team’s first snap of the regular season. Ultimately, he believes in the plan that Matt Nagy and the team have for him.
“If I don’t believe in it then it’s not going to work out. So my job is strictly to get better, to be the best quarterback I can be, and help my team win,” Fields said, via WGN9.
“If I don't believe in it then it’s not going to work out. So my job is strictly to get better, to be the best quarterback I can be, and help my team win.”
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) June 23, 2021
“That’s what I’m going to do, whether it’s starting or sitting, I’m gonna do whatever is going to help us win,” he continued.
The Chicago Bears were aggressive in targeting Justin Fields, moving up to the No. 11 pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft to select him. While Dalton may start the year, at some point, whether it is mid-year in 2021 or at the start of 2022, it will be time to see what the former Buckeye can do.