Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy has revealed that he won't decide until gameday whether Justin Fields or Andy Dalton start at the quarterback position for the Bears. Rookie quarterback Fields had a much better preseason than Dalton but the Bears decided to start the veteran quarterback in the first two weeks.
After Dalton suffered an injury in Week 2, he was replaced by Fields, who started Week 3 game against the Cleveland Browns. Fields didn't impress in his first regular season NFL start as the Browns dominated the Bears 26-6.
"We know what we are doing and that's what we are believing in and going with," Nagy said after Friday's practice, per ESPN. Dalton, who suffered a bone bruise in his left knee in Week 2, is officialy listed as questionable to face the Detroit Lions this Sunday.
"I feel good," Dalton said on Friday. "When you suffer an injury, you're trying to do everything you can to rehab and get feeling good as soon as possible. So everything's been in heading in the right direction and everything's improving so I feel good about where I'm at."
Fields feeling 'more comfortable in practice this week
"This week's practice compared to last week's practice, I felt just more comfortable at practice just kind of getting that under my belt and getting kind of past that," Fields said.
"Last week, you really can't get worse than that. I mean, I hope not. But I felt comfortable this week." Fields didn't impress against the Browns but coach Nagy insists the rookie quarterback will learn from it.
"Justin's game that he played last week, he did a lot of things that he's going to learn from," Nagy said. "But we also, and myself, have to help him. I think the biggest thing for him is, OK, here's how I was in the week of practice.
Here's how I was on game day, both physically and mentally. Now how am going to be heading into this week? Am I getting better? Is there improvement? Am I getting better at the things I was good at? Am I getting better at the things that I wasn't so good at? "And that's what we're doing as coaches throughout the week of practice, is, being able to watch him and see that.
I can say from last week to this week that you do see that advancement. That there, knowing and feeling how he practiced, is why I would answer it that way."