The Chicago Bears saw something they didn’t expect on Sunday. Andy Dalton left the game with a knee injury and forced Justin Fields to come in. Most people want to see Fields. However, nobody is rooting for anybody to get hurt to make that happen. Fields deserves to play because his development is the most important thing this season.
Luckily, it doesn’t sound like there is an ACL injury with Andy Dalton. Nobody wants to hear about him being out for the year with an injury that bad. Even if Fields is the starter we think he can be, Dalton is a very nice backup.
The bad part is that the initial reports from the Bears are that Dalton will be under center if he is healthy. This is not personal against Dalton but that is terrible. Fields gave the Bears a much better chance to win on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals than Dalton did.
Fields certainly wasn’t perfect. He has a lot of growing pains to go through but we need to let him go through them. The wide receivers also didn’t do his stat line any favors with all of the dropped passes that they had throughout the football game. If Allen Robinson or Darnell Mooney were a bit better, people would be talking about Fields as the guaranteed starter for next week.
Justin Fields should be the starter for the Chicago Bears going forward this season.
Unfortunately, Matt Nagy is still the head football coach. This man is set in his ways and nobody is going to change it. His play calling is atrocious and he sticks to his guns even when it is clearly not working. He wants to make this work with Dalton so bad that he is willing to bench the clear better option to try and prove a point.
It was clearly specified that Dalton needs to be healthy in order for this to be the case. If Fields does play and Dalton doesn’t dress, that doesn’t erase Matt Nagy’s bad decision-making because we now know that he would have gone with Dalton if he were available.
We don’t know if this report will change throughout the week but it doesn’t seem likely. Fields looked like he did everything he needs to do against the Bengals to be the guy going forward but that clearly isn’t the case. His stats didn’t jump off the page but watching the game did. Outside of his one bad interception, he was the better of the two starters. Hopefully, regardless of what decision is made, the Chicago Bears are the only team that benefits from it.