Bears coach Matt Nagy takes blame for embarrassing performance in Justin Fields' first start
Justin Fields’ first career start with the Chicago Bears didn’t go very well — at all.
The Bears scored just 6 points and struggled to move the ball effectively against the Cleveland Browns. He was sacked 9 times, and completed just 6-of-20 passing attempts for 68 yards.
The Browns pulled ahead in the second half and ultimately won the game 26-6.
Chicago’s struggles on the offensive line kept Fields from being able to establish any sort of rhythm. He was constantly under pressure, and went down more times than any Bears QB has since Jay Cutler in 2010.
Justin Fields was sacked 9 times today, the first Bears QB to be sacked that many times since Jay Cutler in 2010. pic.twitter.com/Zw2JP0kGJU
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After the game, Bears coach Matt Nagy took responsibility for the poor performance offensively.
“I obviously as a head coach didn’t do a good enough job getting this offense ready,” Nagy told reporters after the game.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy: “I obviously as a head coach didn’t do a good enough job getting this offense ready.”
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Nagy seemed to fully grasp how bad of a performance it was offensively. The Bears managed just 6 first downs and averaged 1.1 yards per play on the afternoon.
Matt Nagy: “You almost can’t make it up. It was that bad.”
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) September 26, 2021
Fields is filling in for the injured Andy Dalton, who could miss another week or two with a knee injury. It will be interesting to see if the Bears keep Fields in the starting spot even after Dalton returns to full health — or if they let him learn more from the bench while the offensive line is struggling this badly.
Chicago faces the Lions at home next weekend.