As the Chicago Bears have answered questions about their defense in their 20-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, there remains a fairly important question as to who will be Chicago’s starting quarterback in Week 3.
Andy Dalton started against his former team, but failed in the first half after sustaining a knee injury from a scramble in the second quarter. This paved the way for rookie Justin Fields, who replaced injured Dalton for the remainder of the game.
While Fields’ performances were fragile – littered with rookie mistakes and not the best box scores – this should mark the start of the Fields era in Chicago. There is going to be growing pains, as there is with any rookie, and the best way to learn is in the field.
With Dalton’s status still pending, Nagy was asked if Dalton would still be the starter if he was in good health.
“I’m not going to get into all of this,” Nagy said, a statement that was more telling than him trying to get around the problem.
Matt Nagy when asked if Andy Dalton is still the starter if he’s healthy:
“I’m not going to go into all of this.”
– Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) September 19, 2021
While Dalton was demoted as “doubtful” to return for the game, Nagy said Dalton was the much-needed emergency quarterback during the game. Nagy told reporters he was “fairly sure” that Dalton had not suffered a serious ACL injury, although he will know more tomorrow after an MRI.
If so, it will be interesting to see if Nagy decides to continue riding with Fields or returns to Dalton. While you can safely say that now that the Bears have gone to Fields, there is no going back.