Last week, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy told reporters that Andy Dalton is his starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams. Despite the veteran’s recent struggles, his stance hasn’t changed.
On Saturday afternoon, Nagy was asked how much stock he puts in Dalton’s preseason performances. His response was quite telling, as Nagy said “We need to see him in the regular season.”
In other words, Nagy still believes Dalton should start the regular season opener. That comment won’t sit well with the fan base, especially since Justin Fields has looked better in the preseason.
Fields had 142 passing yards, 33 rushing yards and two touchdowns in his preseason debut. He wasn’t as explosive this afternoon, but he still had 80 passing yards and 46 rushing yards.
Dalton, meanwhile, completed 11-of-17 passes for 146 yards, a touchdown and an interception this Saturday. While that looks like a solid stat line for the veteran signal-caller, it’s worth noting that most of his yardage came on a 73-yard touchdown pass to Rodney Adams.
Asked Nagy how much stock he puts in preseason Andy Dalton: “We need to see him in the regular season” pic.twitter.com/zuoPCrNXBK
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Eventually, the Bears will hand the keys to their offense over to Fields. It’s unclear when the coaching staff is going to make that move, though.
Chicago has one more preseason game to see what Dalton and Fields can do under center. That being said, there’s not much Fields can do right now to change Nagy’s mind.