Matt Nagy’s decision on playing time came a bit early.
The Chicago Bears have officially named Justin Fields their starting quarterback for Sunday’s NFC North game against the Detroit Lions.
The news came as the Bears demoted usual starting quarterback Andy Dalton to questionable while still suffering from a knee injury.
Can Justin Fields redeem himself after a tough first start?
Fields’ first start in the NFL didn’t go very well last week in Cleveland.
Fields took the start in Week 3 after Dalton was sidelined after falling awkwardly and injuring his knee the week before against the Bengals.
The rookie has been sacked nine times against the Browns and has only walked 6 of 20 in the air for 68 yards. The team had just 47 offensive yards and lost 26-6.
Nagy drew a lot of criticism after the loss for a number of reasons, including failing to call for better offensive play that would have matched Fields’ style of play. Nagy, however, defended the team on Friday and said “we know what we’re doing”.
“Where I am is on the inside,” Nagy said, via ESPN’s Kimberley Martin. “I’m inside this building with these guys… I’m in a really good place. Eager to get back there … and get back on track.
Fields will have his chance to redeem himself at Soldier Field on Sunday, where the Bears are listed as -3 favorites on BetMGM against the Lions without a win. Although he knows his first start wasn’t a good one, Fields said he felt a lot more relaxed in the role.
“This week’s training compared to last week’s training, I just felt more comfortable in training, just putting that under my belt and going beyond that,” he said. stated, via ESPN. “Last week you really couldn’t do worse than that. I mean, I hope not. But I felt comfortable this week.”
Yet when the time is right and Dalton is in full health, it seems the starting job is still his.
“It means a lot,” said Dalton of still having the starting position, via Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago. “I feel like this is what I was told when I first came here and obviously a lot can change… but it just shows the confidence they have in me and this what I can bring and what I can do for this team. “