Bears name Fields as main starter
The Chicago Bears are putting all their trust in Justin Fields to lead the way for the team. Coach Matt Nagy has a lot of faith in his star and believes that Fields can unlock his deeper potential as the lead QB for the Bears’ hopes of making it to the playoffs.
Nagy may have seen the light for the Bears’ hopes in the 2021-22 season. The coach shocked almost every fan with the call to name Fields as the starting QB en route to their game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
The coach’s decision to name a rookie as their lead starter is a big move with just a few games into the season. Fields is yet to show the best of his game that reflected his college stats, but Nagy may have seen a lot that is enough to make him a starter.
‘He's done everything to show us that he's ready for this opportunity’, Nagy said.
Fields had some tough outings in the first three games of the season before he finally came back strong in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions. The rook made 11 of his 17 passes for 209 yards and he even sparked a sleeping Bars offence to lead them to a 24-14 win.
That stat line earned him a lot of praises from fans, players and staff. It also paved the way for Nagy’s big call, so there was no surprise when the coach opted to hand the keys to the kid in the long run.
Fields was not set to get a lot of minutes this year. He just had to step up for Andy Dalton when the veteran star had a knee injury in Week 2. The rookie struggled at first and had to make some quick changes to his attack, but then he shined in the Bears’ past few games until their win against the Lions.
Nagy’s call to make Fields the starting QB opens a new era in the team. The Bears have never named a rookie as a starting QB in almost two decades, and this also ends the Dalton bridge run after a few years.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores