Justin Fields has generated levels of hype with Chicago Bears fans that hasn’t been felt for a long time, but the rookie is ready to be patient.
Fans have been clammoring for Fields to start ever since the Chicago Bears drafted him. On the depth chart, the Bears employ veterans Nick Foles and Andy Dalton, however, neither of them were impressive enough last season for Chicago to commit to them long term.
That’s the biggest reason why the Bears drafted Fields in the first place (that and the failed Mitchell Trubisky experiment). However, while the excitement to see Fields play is at an all-time high, the Bears are going to trot out Andy Dalton at first, allowing Fields to develop before he sees playing time.
Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy made it clear as players reported for training camp why the team is starting veteran quarterback Andy Dalton first before it turns to rookie first-round pick Justin Fields.https://t.co/XMLbszVvmM
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) July 28, 2021
Justin Fields Is Ready To Play The Long Game When It Comes To Starting
Fields is an ultimate competitor, something he displayed during his years at Ohio State, and he knows that he can translate that competitiveness to the NFL when he needs to.
However, he also understands that the path to success in the NFL is often a long one, something that doesn’t come as quickly as many fans would hope it does.
In response to all the clamor around him starting, Fields had a very simple message for Bears fans:
Justin Fields answer to fans who want to see him start right away 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/ON8JC2pbrE
— BFR (@BearsFilmRoom) August 2, 2021
This could be in both Fields’ and the Bears best interests. The Bears play a tough slate of games right from the start of the NFL season with games against top defenses.
Their opener is against the Los Angeles Rams who fielded the top passing defense last year with studs in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey. In week three, the Bears then face off against Myles Garrett and a new and improved defense. Once more, you can see why the Bears should be cautious and not start Fields too quick.
When Fields makes his NFL debut is completely contingent on how Andy Dalton plays. If he manages the game well and keeps the Bears competitive, it is possible that Fields sits for longer than expected.
If he struggles, however, head coach Matt Nagy will face tremendous pressure to start Justin Fields. Jobs are on the line in the Chicago front office, and they need to know that they hit on Justin Fields. The pressure is officially on in Chicago.