Chicago Bears Name Rookie Justin Fields Named Starter Over Andy Dalton

Aug 14, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) passes the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy named rookie Justin Fields the team’s starting quarterback going forward on Wednesday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Starting in place of the injured Andy Dalton last week, Fields led the Bears to a 24-14 victory over the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field and earned his first career win as a starter in the NFL.

Dalton began the season as Chicago’s QB1; however, he suffered a knee injury in Week 2, and Fields has started the past two contests.

Many fans and pundits called for Fields to start from the onset, but he got his chance in Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns.

Nagy’s initial instincts appeared to be right, as Fields struggled mightily in a 26-6 loss, going just 6-of-20 for 68 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He was also sacked nine times.

Fields and the game plan were much better in Week 4, though, as the No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft went 11-of-17 for 209 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Perhaps most importantly, he was only sacked once.

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SOURCE: Bleacher Report, Mike Chiari

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