'He has the mentality to rip your heart out': Matt Nagy raves about QB Justin Fields
Justin Fields is making a great first impression on his new head coach.
The Chicago Bears have been going through OTAs and Fields has lived up to that No. 11 selection in the 2021 NFL Draft based on Nagy’s recent praise. So far, the former Ohio State quarterback has shown command of the offense and demonstrated the ability to make a number of throws.
Even though Nagy has said that, right now Andy Dalton is still the starting quarterback, it sounds like Fields has a real shot to be No. 1 on the depth chart at the end of the season.
“His command right now, what he does, he sits back there repeating every word, going through it in his mind like he’s going to call the play,” Nagy said. “A big part of that is getting the personnel, understanding the formation….he’s going through all that. I thought today he had a really good day seeing all of that. I thought he spun the ball well. That deep ball down the sideline, he has the mentality to rip your heart out. There’s a couple of plays in there where these quarterbacks are staying aggressive and you saw that with Justin…that ball just took off.
“We talk about air time, meaning when the wide receiver looks like he’s covered to everyone in the stadium but when that ball hits the ceiling and comes down, the receiver separates. That’s what we want to teach off this film, fix fumbles and in and out of the huddle with alignment. That’s the quarterback’s job to make it right…He’s done a great job, Andy (Dalton’s) done a great job, Nick (Foles) will hopefully be back next week but those guys are working hard.”
Fields is considered to be one of the steals of the draft at No. 11 and joins an organization that has endured its struggles at the quarterback position. He has the potential to be the long-term solution for the Bears.
There’s still a lot of time between now and Chicago’s first game in 2021. The Bears open the year against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Sept. 12 in primetime, with the game airing at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.
We’ll see if Fields is the first QB to take a snap for the Bears.