Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy has announced that rookie Justin Fields is the Bears' new starting quarterback. Andy Dalton started the season as the No. 1 quarterback before he got injured in Week 2 and replaced by Fields.
Fields started a Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions and led his team to a win. "After this past weekend with Justin and the growth that we saw, the discussions that we had was to be able to go in this direction," Nagy said, per ESPN.
Nagy believes they have made the right decision in naming Fields their new starting quarterback. "It is a big decision, but we feel very good about it and are looking forward to it," Nagy said.
The Bears feel now it's the time to name Fields No.
The Bears traded up nine spots in this past NFL draft to draft Fields. "The No. 1 thing that I understood as a head coach and that we all understood as an organization is knowing that when you make a trade up to go get a guy to develop and be the franchise quarterback, you always know that there's going to be that want to get him in there ASAP," Nagy said.
"At the same point in time, again, we had our plan with Andy and developing Justin. And so, I think that for me, I knew it came with the territory, and all we wanted to do was do everything we can to do what's best for this team.
And again, I'd be lying to you if I sat here and told you it wasn't really hard to have that discussion with Andy. Those are not easy discussions because there's the human side of it, and I don't care who you are, if you've got a good heart, that stuff hurts."
Fields was happy but also surprised after hearing the new of being the new No. 1 quarterback in Chicago. "It was definitely good news to hear," said Fields, whom the Bears traded up nine spots to draft 11th overall in the spring.
"I would say I was a little bit surprised, but I mean, not really crazy surprised. But definitely a little bit of surprise. I feel like he was pretty straightforward with me and Andy. And I think my teammates believe in me, so just grateful for the opportunity and just trying to get ready to work."