Justin Fields will start for the Chicago Bears, head coach Matt Nagy said. Sunday marks the quarterback’s first NFL start.
Coach Nagy has announced that Justin Fields will be our starting QB against the Browns.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 22, 2021
Andy Dalton’s injury
Quarterback Andy Dalton is listed week-to-week due to a knee injury, Nagy said. However, he said when Dalton is healthy he is intended to be the starter. The head coach confirmed the injury is not Dalton’s ACL.
The 33-year-old governs the Chicago offense with a total of 262 passing yards, boasting a 73.47% completion rate.
Nagy said this is a great opportunity for Fields and the entire organization. But prep starts now, despite Dalton’s absence.
The rookie finished his career at Ohio State University as the Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year in 2020. He learned a lot reviewing last week’s tape, Fields said. On Sept. 19 versus the Cincinnati Bengals, the quarterback threw for 60 yards in the 20-17 win.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 19, 2021
Fields is constantly learning.
“I’m excited to where I can improve,” he said.
“I’ve been preparing for this moment for a long time.”
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 23, 2021
He said his Bears teammates trust him and look after him.
“Them just having my back and having confidence in me that I’m going to go out there and execute [has] kept me comfortable.”
The rookie said he’s worked with the offense to prepare himself for this week. As a result, the 22-year-old looks to mesh well on the field.
The quarterback battle
Nagy isn’t concerned with Fields filling Dalton’s shoes. However, the coach is adamant Dalton will return to the starting lineup. Despite Dalton’s injury, he said he and Justin’s concern is Sunday’s game.
The Chicago Bears head to Cleveland for week three, eager to start a win streak. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium.