Chicago HC Matt Nagy still sticking with Andy Dalton over Justin Fields: 'You just got to trust the plan'
If the NFL season started today, Justin Fields would not be the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears. Right now, that job belongs to Andy Dalton, according to head coach Matt Nagy.
On Pro Football Focus’s The Collinsworth Podcast, Nagy was asked about the current quarterback situation in Chicago. Although the Bears traded up to get Fields with the No. 11 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, it’s Dalton who is listed at No. 1 on the depth chart right now.
“I mean, Andy is our starter. Again, I can’t predict anything,” Nagy said on the podcast. “You know how it goes. There’s so many things that can happen between today and Week 1. But Andy is our starter and Justin is our No. 2 and we’re going to stick to this plan. You just got to trust the plan.”
There’s been a lot of support for Fields to win the starting job and get the experience as a rookie this year. But Nagy isn’t going that route, at least right now.
Nagy does sound open to the possibility of Fields potentially being the Week 1 starter, should he beat out Dalton for the job. But with such limited time with the rookie quarterback, it’s still fairly difficult to determine which one gives the team the best chance to win.
We’ll find out in three months.