At Quarterback, Adam Schefter Reveals Chicago’s “Plan”


Andy Dalton’s knee injury has unofficially opened the door for Justin Fields to take over as the Chicago Bears’ starter for the remainder of the season. Bears head coach Matt Nagy has said for the past month that Dalton will be the team’s starter. The fans thought it was a bad decision, especially after Fields had performed well in the preseason.

So, now we know why Nagy waited so long to start Fields. The Bears wanted to keep Fields on the bench as long as possible so he could learn from Dalton, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “Listen, they went into the season planning for Andy Dalton to be the starter for as long as he could be this year..”

That was the plan here in a perfect world, just like Matt Nagy did in Kansas City when Patrick Mahomes was drafted in the first round and sat on the bench for the first 15 of 16 games learning from Alex Smith,” Schefter said. “That Justin Fields would sit on the bench for the entire season, ideally.” ”

Schefter did admit, however, that Chicago’s plan was never truly feasible due to a variety of factors. “Now, that [plan]is probably not realistic and probably not practice because the team would lose at some point, Andy Dalton would struggle, whatever it is.”

But that was the plan, and they’re sticking to it for the time being, with Andy Dalton set to take over once he’s healthy. ”

$00 To put it another way, the Bears want to see a little bit more from their rookie quarterback. Fields will be under a lot of pressure this Sunday, but he told reporters that he’s prepared for it. Certainly, all eyes will be on the 11th overall pick this weekend. 004



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