Rookie quarterback Justin Fields has bought in the Chicago Bears' plan and he is OK with starting the season on the bench. Fields, who was taken at No. 11 in this past NFL draft, will start the season on the bench as the Bears plan to start veteran quarterback Andy Dalton.
At the start of the offseason, the Bears announced that Dalton would be the starting quarterback. Fields has impressed the Bears' coaching staff with his work ethic but still they want to give him more time to develop.
"If I don't believe in it, it's not going to work out," Fields said on Thursday. "My job is strictly [to] get better and be the best quarterback I can be and hope my team wins. That's what I'm going to do whether it's starting, whether it's sitting, I'm going to do whatever is going to help us win."
The Bears hope Fields will eventually turn into a franchise quarterback.
"Promises can get pretty crazy, but what we told Andy is that he's our starter, and he knows that and that's what Justin knows, that's what Nick knows ...
so, that's where we're at," Bears head coach Matt Nagy said on Tuesday. "Our coaches understand that we all get excited about Justin Fields. We'd all be lying if we said something different. With that said, we're excited about Andy Dalton too.
And we know that if we stick to this plan that we have, that everything is going to be just fine." Fields is still adapting to the NFL's style of play. 1 "That's probably the biggest step up because at Ohio State we pretty much went no-huddle like 90-95% of the time," Fields said.
"Really, basic mechanics, getting in and out of the huddle, making sure I'm on top of everything and just getting every little detail right." Fields is each day learning from veteran quarterback Dalton. "Some of the stages that we're at right now, which is very normal for a rookie, that we're going through with Justin -- Andy has already conquered that," Nagy said "And it's easy for him.
That's natural. That's not something that we sit there and applaud him 100 times a day because he did it. That's supposed to happen. So the offense, he has completely. He really has it down. So I think now it's just trying to come to us and tell us what he likes and doesn't like and now we fit all of that together."