The Justin Fields era has begun in Chicago.
Days after Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy insisted that Andy Dalton would remain the starter, he announced on Wednesday that rookie Fields would start Sunday at quarterback against the Cleveland Browns.
Negi said of Fields’ reaction to the news, “He was very stubborn.” “He’s a guy who has a lot of confidence in himself and I think it takes a toll on his teammates.”
Fields relieved Dalton in the second half during a Week 2 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, when Dalton was out with a knee injury that would keep him “week to week”. Nagy also backed Fields’ announcement, saying he plans to resume his initial role after Dalton recovers.
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Former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who was inactive for the first two weeks of the season, will be the backup.
The Bears were traded to No. 11 in this year’s draft to select Fields after his extraordinary career at Ohio State. He went 6-for-13 for 60 yards and an interception against the Bengals in the 20-17 win.
“We’ll see how prepared he is and I think that’s part of the evaluation process … He’s gone above and beyond to show us,” Nagy said.
“That’s past where I thought he was going to be,” Koch said.