Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy’s job could very well be on the line heading into the 2021 season if he gets his starting quarterback decision wrong. But judging by how he’s gushing over rookie QB Justin Fields, things are looking up.
Speaking to the media this past week, Matt Nagy declared that Fields has been “everything that we thought he was going to be” when they scouted and drafted him. He praised Fields for being hungry for knowledge and applying himself on the field.
“Everything that we thought he was going to be when he got here with learning and being obsessed with everything that we teach him and then being able to be himself out on the field — he’s really doing things in a really good way,” Nagy said, via ESPN.
“When something good happens, he reacts the same. And that part, that’s a good trait to have, because you can never get too high, you can never get too low. That’s why he’s had the success he’s had.”
But Nagy’s praise isn’t going to change his plans for how the Bears open up the season. At least, not now it won’t.
Matt Nagy said of Justin Fields: "He's so calm and he has confidence in himself. … That's a good trait to have because you can never get too high, never get too low. That's why he's had the success he's had."
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) June 2, 2021
The current plan, per ESPN, is for veteran Andy Dalton to open the season as a starter. Justin Fields will be the backup, while veteran Nick Foles will be the third-string quarterback.
The Bears do plan on making Fields the starter, but they don’t have a set timeline for getting him under center.
Given that the Bears traded up to take Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft, they’re going to have to see what their investment looks like very quickly.
When do you expect Justin Fields will get his first start in Chicago?