At least one former Bears quarterback is not on board with Justin Fields starting as a rookie in Chicago.

During the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bears made the move to trade up and grab Fields. Chicago also has veteran quarterback Andy Dalton on the roster, setting up what some believe could be a battle for the starting spot.

Jay Cutler recently addressed the situation in Chicago, and he is among those that believes it is best to start Dalton this season while letting Fields adjust slowly to the NFL. Among other things, Cutler cited the atmosphere and expectations in Chicago as some of the things making it a tough situation for Fields.

“I wouldn’t play the kid to start,” Cutler said on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, according to Pro Football Talk. “I would let him watch. I think it’s just a tough spot to put someone out there, especially in Chicago. I think Andy is more than serviceable. I think they can win games with Andy and kind of float the ship along until the kid is ready.”

Cutler is certainly well-accustomed to what it is like playing quarterback in Chicago. He played for the Bears from 2009-16, finishing as the franchise leader in QB wins (51), passing yards ( 23,443), and passing touchdowns (154). Hopefully, Fields settles in quickly and makes a run at breaking those franchise marks set by Cutler.

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