October 21, 2021 3:50 pm
Nagy not saying who Bears’ starting QB will be against Lions

Nagy not saying who Bears’ starting QB will be against Lions

LAKE FOREST (Ill.) (AP) — Matt Nagy, Bears coach, was not ready for Sunday’s announcement of who the starting quarterback will play when Chicago hosts the Detroit Lions.

Veteran Andy Dalton is still the No. Nagy stated Wednesday that Andy Dalton is still the No. 1 signal-caller. Justin Fields, a rookie, and Nick Foles are in the third position.

But who will be the first to start this week?

Nagy stated that this would be resolved once we have a better picture of the health of his top quarterbacks. Both were able to practice Wednesday with Fields (right thumb) being a full participant and Dalton (bone bruise in left leg) being limited.

Nagy wouldn’t say if he will continue calling plays on offense.

The Bears (1-2) delivered one of the worst performances ever on that side of the ball by an NFL team in a 26-6 loss at Cleveland last week. They had just 47 yards, the ninth-lowest total in league history and the second worst for the charter franchise.

Fields was particularly difficult in his first NFL debut. The No. 11 overall pick got sacked nine times for 67 yards and threw for just 68 on 6-for-20 passing. In the game, he also injured his thumb.

He was not able to enjoy the outing that he wanted after Dalton was forced to withdraw after winning against Cincinnati. Nagy insists that nothing has changed in the depth chart, but there are still many questions.

One question would be whether it is better to choose Dalton over Fields or allow Fields to win against the winless Lions (0-3), assuming both are able.

“More question than fair,” Nagy stated. He praised Fields’ ability to keep his cool in difficult situations. He said that he doesn’t worry about Fields’ poor performance by not giving him another start No. Nagy stated that he doesn’t worry about his future because of the career he has and the place he is going to be. He can learn from about four to five things there, from a quarterback’s perspective. And they’re little things that maybe he hasn’t gone through before, even in preseason, so he’s taking those and he’s stacking those up and he’s gonna use those so that the next time, he can get better.”

Cornerback Jaylon Johnson predicted Fields will do just that.

” He’ll bounce back, he said. We all believe that. We all know Justin, from his approach to football and his competitive nature. We know that Justin is going to keep fighting and bouncing back The Bears didn’t do Fields much favors by a plan that was more suited to Dalton with the quarterback in the pocket than on the move. The offensive line struggles didn’t help either.

All of this did not cool Nagy’s temper.

Chicago ranks last in the NFL in total offense and passing and 31st in points per game. But if he is handing off play-calling duties, Nagy is “gonna keep that internal.”

He was open when he gave them to offensive coordinator Bill Lazor last November, when the Bears were in the middle of a six-game losing streak. Chicago found a rhythm and won three consecutive games on its way to the playoffs.

In April, Nagy said he would call plays again. On Wednesday, Nagy was reticent and didn’t provide any explanation.

“There is communication on the back end but there’s also the ability to communicate with us and help us understand why we can’t answer some of your questions right now,” Nagy stated. “But, we will do what is best for the team. Every year is different .”

NOTE LB Khalil Mack (foot), did not practice. Nagy stated that the Bears have designated LB Danny Trevathan (knee), to be returned from injury reserve. Before the team decides whether to add him on the active roster, he will have to practice for three weeks.

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