Wednesday was a busy day for reporters at Halas Hall after Chicago Bears starting quarterback Justin Fields took aim at offensive coordinator Luke Getsy before accusing the media of taking his comments out of context.
The controversy between Fields and the team’s coaching staff would serve as an appetizer to what was a crazy day for the Bears.
Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams resigned from the team.
Outside of announcing Williams’ resignation, the Bears have not made any other official statements in regard to their now-former defensive coordinator.
The Bears will also have a new backup quarterback for their game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
It was announced by the Bears on Wednesday afternoon that veteran quarterback Nathan Peterman has been released.
Peterman served as the Bears’ backup quarterback to Fields for the team’s first two games of the season against the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With Peterman getting released, that means that undrafted rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent has been elevated to the backup quarterback spot.
Bagent put on an impressive performance for the Bears in Pre-Season and that led to the team releasing veteran quarterback PJ Walker before the start of the season.
While Bagent did make the Bears’ active roster to begin the season, there was an expectation that the Bears wanted to keep Peterman around until they felt comfortable that Bagent was comfortable enough with the offensive system and speed of the NFL game to serve as the next man up in the event of a Fields’ injury.
The timing of the Bears releasing Peterman is interesting.
There is a clear conflict between Fields and Getsy so if the struggles of the quarterback and offense continue, the idea of the Bears turning to Bagent late in the season may not be out of the question.