The query on each Chicago Bears’ fan’s thoughts is… When will rookie quarterback Justin Fields take over because the starter from Andy Dalton? And it’s not simply followers, as a result of from the day Fields was drafted that’s been the dialogue from the media on each a nationwide and native stage as nicely.
I’m assured in predicting that Fields will get the nod in some unspecified time in the future through the 2021 season, however that call will must be expertly navigated by primary on this yr’s 10 Most Essential Bears record, head coach Matt Nagy.
When to drag the set off and make the swap goes to be a vital choice Nagy makes not just for the event of his rookie QB, but additionally for the morale of his locker room. Each workforce with two beginning caliber sign callers dangers a cut up amongst the gamers, with some favoring the established order of the primary whereas different pine for the backup. Or within the case of the 2021 Bears, the veteran or the rookie. This doubtless gained’t be a problem with the Bears as a result of Nagy has made their plan to prepared Fields obvious to the whole workforce. The Dalton/Fields friendship seems to be sound, with the 2 embracing a mentor/mentee relationship.
Fields has purchased in to Nagy’s plan, and that has loads to do with how Nagy and his coaches have introduced it to the Ohio State rookie.
“I imply, if I don’t imagine in it, then it’s not going to work out,” Fields stated final month from Halas Corridor concerning the workforce’s plan to arrange him to play. “My job is strictly to get higher, be the very best quarterback I may be and, you realize, assist my workforce win. That’s what I’m going to do whether or not it’s beginning, whether or not it’s sitting, I’m going to do no matter is the very best that’s going to assist us win.”
Nagy was entrance and heart within the Bears search to improve at quarterback this offseason, and whereas GM Ryan Tempo technically made the transfer, drafting Fields has Nagy’s arms throughout it as nicely.
However the identical may be stated for signing Dalton, and whereas he could not have been their best choice, Dalton brings loads of expertise and professionalism to the franchise. Plus Dalton is a match for Nagy’s offense and with Nagy taking play calling again for the 2021 season, he’s setting himself up for a put-up or shut-up season.
“The time is now, we all know that, and we’re trying ahead to it,” Nagy stated about their alternative to get the offense again in gear whereas on Kenneth Davis’ Under Center Podcast. “You possibly can’t dwell up to now. And that’s not what we’re going to do. I refuse to permit that to occur. This can be a new season, and so we obtained a contemporary begin. So let’s see what we are able to do with it.”
Nagy has had some cussed moments as a play caller the final couple years, however with the cerebral Dalton and Fields as his QB1 and QB1a, there’s no excuses for him this season. Positive he could not be capable to name as a lot with the rookie as he can with the veteran, however as soon as it’s formally Fields’ present, then Nagy might want to craft a sport plan that may maintain defenses off stability whereas incorporating issues that Fields can excel at.
I’ve at all times been a fan of Nagy the top coach, and his capacity to maneuver his workforce by means of two disappointing .500 seasons speaks volumes, however we’ll shortly discover out if he’s grown as a play caller no matter who’s taking snaps week one.
It was simply six months in the past that I assumed the Bears ought to have moved on from Nagy, and whereas I feel his seat has cooled off significantly, he nonetheless has one thing to show in 2021.