Wednesday, all eyes were on Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy as he met with the media in a much-anticipated press conference.
Of the topics expected to be covered were the Bears’ quarterback depth chart, the status of the injuries to Justin Fields and Andy Dalton, as well as future play calling.
Nagy addressed each one of those with pretty vague answers, for the most part, stating that his depth chart remains unchanged and Dalton is his starting quarterback when healthy. The question is, just when will Dalton be healthy?
During Wednesday’s practice, Fields was a full go and Dalton was limited. Still, there is nothing concrete when it comes to who will start Week 4 versus the Detroit Lions. If Chicago Tribune beat reporter Brad Biggs has any say, though, it appears as though the rookie will get another shot.
Should Andy Dalton be unavailable in Week 4, will the Chicago Bears turn to rookie Justin Fields again?
With Nagy’s depth chart staying the same, this would be Fields starts against the Lions. Interestingly enough, though, the Lions apparently expect to see either Dalton or third stringer Nick Foles on Sunday.
Although the Lions are preparing for Dalton or Foles to start, everything is pointing to the rookie taking the field once again.
In his first regular season start against the Cleveland Browns in Week 3, Fields had a tough day. With just one net passing yard and getting sacked nine times, Fields is definitely in line for better days ahead. His first start couldn’t have gone much worse, but in all reality, most of what happened wasn’t his fault.
While Nagy has put what happened in that game all on his own shoulders, there has been no determination yet on what the head coach is going to do to fix the mess he created last week. Most of Nagy’s answers during his media time this week have been very noncommittal and he’s chosen to keep many decisions and details in house.
The hope is that, if Fields does indeed start against the Lions, that play calling gets a boost. God willing, it will be either Bill Lazor or John DeFillippo calling plays for Nagy’s offense. Both have previously proven they could do a better job than Nagy’s shown in recent weeks.
With Detroit sitting at 0-3, the Bears could be facing a truly desperate team on Sunday — which is dangerous. The Lions will be no cake walk, and if the Bears lose, there’s no telling what the repercussions will be. Will Nagy be fired? Will others lose their job? For now, we can only wait with much anticipation to see what the storylines will be come Monday morning.