Justin Fields will be the starting quarterback for the Bears going forward, head coach Matt Nagy stated in a press conference on Wednesday.
Fields made his second career start on Sunday, during which he went 11-for-17 for 209 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in a win over the Lions. Though his stat-line wasn’t flashy, he showed the ability to stretch the field vertically: something the team has rarely done effectively in recent years. Fields became the first Bears quarterback since Mitchell Trubisky in Week 4 of 2018 to complete three passes that traveled beyond 25 yards through the air.
Andy Dalton kicked off the year as the Bears’ starting quarterback, losing to the Rams in Week 1 and playing well against the Bengals in Week 2 before leaving the game with a knee injury. Fields stepped in as the starting quarterback, and it appears that the job is his for the foreseeable future.
The move is sure to be a favorable one with a majority of Bears fans, many of whom believing Fields should have started for them to begin with. Nonetheless, the rookie will be taking the reins under center, giving him valuable in-season reps to build off of going forward. His presence should provide the Bears’ offense with more explosiveness through the air and on the ground.