Justin Fields is set to start for the Chicago Bears at some point or the other. However, Matt Nagy has repeatedly reiterated that Andy Dalton will be Chicago’s starter.
The head coach wants Fields to develop adequately before he throws him out there to face NFL level defenses. It serves the best interests of the team and Fields.
— 247Sports (@247Sports) May 17, 2021
Of course, Fields’ mindset has always been that he’s ready to start any given point. For him, it doesn’t make sense to be in the league if you aren’t looking to start. Given that, and given his success at the collegiate level, should Justin Fields be starting for the Bears sooner rather than later? Adam Schein from CBS Sports definitely thinks so.
“Can we stop with the Andy Dalton is our QB conversation…Justin Fields has the intelligence, the talent, the big-game experience to be the guy right now.” – @AdamSchein on Bears QB situation pic.twitter.com/2yCjuGt5ty
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) May 17, 2021
Will Justin Fields Start For The Chicago Bears In Week 1?
As Nagy has repeatedly said, it doesn’t look likely that Justin Fields will see the field in week 1. After his recent comments, and his post-draft conversation with GM Ryan Pace, it all but looks like Andy Dalton is going to start.
Of course, the Bears offseason workouts haven’t begun yet, and so there is a chance that the decision might change if Fields is able to seriously outwork and outshine Andy Dalton. Fields did put up an impressive rookie minicamp, but again he needs reps with the actual Bears team to monitor his progress.
Nagy was definitely impressed with Fields’ minicamp though.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 15, 2021
Another reason to consider not throwing Justin Fields out there immediately is the fact that the Bears are matching up against a very tough opponent in week 1. The Los Angeles Rams had the number one passing defense in the league last year, led by cornerback Jalen Ramsey, and they’d love nothing more than to play against a rookie.
Additionally, the Bears offensive line situation is still shaky despite their draft additions, and Fields lining up against Aaron Donald in his first game with that shaky line wouldn’t be doing him any solids. So, maybe Nagy does know what he’s doing.
Of course, nobody is saying that Dalton is going to find his Pro Bowl season groove again, but at least he’s been in this situation before, and he’s not the long-term option at QB. Fields should go in when he’s ready. Yes, the game might be on prime time, and yes, the Bears are under pressure to win, but Fields is more than a one-season project.
If the Bears want Fields to become the superstar he can be, they need to take this cautiously. There’s nothing wrong with letting Fields ride the bench for a little bit until things are sorted with the offensive line, and he gets more reps under him.