Matt Nagy makes clear Justin Fields is behind Andy Dalton but ahead of Nick Foles

USA Today

Bears coach Matt Nagy has been clear that the plan in Chicago is for Andy Dalton to start at quarterback, and Justin Fields to begin his rookie season on the bench. But what if Dalton were to get hurt in the preseason?

In that case, Nagy says, Fields takes over.

He would be the guy,” Nagy said of Fields when asked about the hypothetical that Dalton is injured, via the Chicago Sun-Times.

That means Nick Foles is stuck at No. 3 on the depth chart, a year after the Bears traded a fourth-round draft pick for him. Foles is due a $4 million guaranteed base salary this season, so the Bears may be stuck with him, but they have no desire to play him.

Nagy said he sees little chance of that order — Dalton, then Fields, then Foles — changing.

“There will be a process and a plan,” Nagy said. “We will stick to that. That plan is not going to change tomorrow. The plan is not going to change in training camp. The plan is a plan — and it’s been thought out. . . . All three of those guys know that you need to produce, you need to play well, you need to compete, you need to be the best quarterback you can be. And then it’s going to be really pretty easy for us to see who that is and how that goes.”

So the Bears want Fields to have time to develop and learn on the sideline — but they want even less to put Foles on the field.

43 responses to “Matt Nagy makes clear Justin Fields is behind Andy Dalton but ahead of Nick Foles

  1. Let’s see how much they stick to the plan when Dalton throws 3 picks in the first game and Fields is not ready. Source: lifelong Browns fan who has seen many drafted and FA QBs enter a three way competition. I feel for you Bears fans. They should just start Fields and see what he’s got.

  2. “They should just start Fields and see what he’s got.”
    _________

    Like how they did with Trubisky who never had to take a snap under center in college yet got thrown in as the starter his rookie year only to never develop?

  3. Fields will be ready to start by Week 14 in GB, when the Bears officially take over the North for the next decade, and relegate the Packers and other teams in the division to mediocrity. Take note.

  4. I have no idea why Nick Foles turned down a trade to the Eagles, if that is in fact true. He would have been battling for the starting job in a town that adores him, but instead he opted to stay with a team and a town in which he is an afterthought. Nick has been the best Eagles QB since Donovan McNabb and some argue he was better as an Eagle than McNabb himself. He owns several Eagles records and won their only Super Bowl. Dang shame he is still in Chicago. Come back home Nick!

  5. Nothing against Foles but I have been consistent that SB MVP accolades aside he is not a very good QB. Definitely someone you want as a backup, or better said “in the room”, but he has a body of work the NFL smart people seem to ignore when they see a flash.

    I would NOT roll with Fields. Not on the Bears. I still think Andy has something you weren’t going to see in Dallas last year.

  6. Andy Reid came up with the model with Alex Smith and their superstar QB. Keep the kid on the bench behind a good QB but a better man veteran and move on towards the end of the year.

    Andy Dalton is a good but not great QB; however, he *IS* a first class human being.

  7. Foles is a great QB if he’s wearing a kelly green jersey.
    Any other jersey? Not so much.

  8. I’ve been an NFC Central/North fan for 40 years. The Bears can develop QB talent? I’ll believe it when I see it.

  9. Does the QB3 still run the scouting defense? If so, I’d rather see Foles there and let Fields concentrate on the Bears playbook.

  10. eaglemd says:
    June 17, 2021 at 12:45 pm
    I have no idea why Nick Foles turned down a trade to the Eagles, if that is in fact true. He would have been battling for the starting job in a town that adores him, but instead he opted to stay with a team and a town in which he is an afterthought. Nick has been the best Eagles QB since Donovan McNabb and some argue he was better as an Eagle than McNabb himself. He owns several Eagles records and won their only Super Bowl. Dang shame he is still in Chicago. Come back home Nick!
    Maybe because the coach that made him a very good QB is now with the Colts , just my guess

  11. “Fields will be ready to start by Week 14 in GB, when the Bears officially take over the North for the next decade, and relegate the Packers and other teams in the division to mediocrity. Take note.”

    Lol the only thing of “note” in your post is that people who make blanket predictions like that are virtually always disappointed because they rarely come true.

    As it stands now nobody knows how any of the rookie QBs will perform in a full speed NFL game. Fields could be the next Tom Brady, the next Nick Foles or the next Ryan Leaf. Nobody knows.

  12. Best thing for Fields is to start him in mid season he’s a rookie he’ll be just fine no
    need to rush .

  13. I hope the Bears are patient with Fields as much as I hope the Packers are patient with Love. I don’t want to see either of them get their confidence (and careers) wrecked by being thrown into the fire too early.

    Minnesota kind of has no choice but to be patient with Mond because they own Cousins for another couple years if they want to or not.

    Goff is still a young man too. Hopefully the change of scenery does him good.

    I remember when the black & blue division was feared by all others. It would be nice to get back to that.

  14. CHI-TOWN HEAT says:

    Fields will be ready to start by Week 14 in GB, when the Bears officially take over the North for the next decade, and relegate the Packers and other teams in the division to mediocrity. Take note.

    You are basing this on the last 30 years of QB greatness is Chicago i assume.LOLNothing about the Da Bears makes anyone believe they know how to draft or develop a QB.Now GB on the other hand has had a little success doing this CHI-TOWN HEAT.Facts are facts.
    Honestly Love and Fields have the same potential ceiling but Love has the better opportunity with the GB coaching staff and talent around him.Who knows maybe after this Bears coaching staff gets fired at the end of the year they get someone who can develop Fields.Gotta have hope Bears fans!
    Remember as bad as it has been lately in Chicago you still have more NFL championships than the Vikings!Hell the Lions have more than the Vikings LOL

  15. YouEnjoyMyself says:
    June 17, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    I’ve been an NFC Central/North fan for 40 years. The Bears can develop QB talent? I’ll believe it when I see it.

    ~~~~~~~

    60 here. Remember Bobby Douglas? Hahahahahaha!

  16. bobsacamano2 says:
    June 17, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Let’s see how much they stick to the plan when Dalton throws 3 picks in the first game and Fields is not ready. Source: lifelong Browns fan who has seen many drafted and FA QBs enter a three way competition. I feel for you Bears fans. They should just start Fields and see what he’s got.
    __________

    Dalton isn’t throwing for 3 INTs very often. Also, it’s rich seeing a Browns fan rag on Andy Dalton, who has a career 12-5 record against your team. Baker Mayfield is essentially a prime Andy Dalton lol.

  17. Dalton is one of the worst players in the league. He’s a playoff cooler on top of that. If you look at Dalton, Trubisky, and Foles since 2017 then Dalton is clearly 3rd in everything. Foles won 4 playoff games and a ring. His 2013 > Dalton’s 2015. Trubisky missed a playoff win on a double doink. Even McCarron missed a playoff win on Burfict gonna Burfict. Dalton just stinks. The Nagy Dalton love fest sounds as desperate as his kicker search after the double doink. Dalton has as many playoff TDs to JJ Watt as his own team after 4 games.

  18. Fields is a surefire superstar with his mentality, toughness, size, mobility, and arm strength. Not to mention he’s now the third fastest QB in the NFL behind Lamar and Kyler Murray (and he’s much bigger than both). He is the first franchise QB the Bears have ever drafted and easily the most talented. It honestly feels strange as a fan.

  19. PFT loves the Steelers says:
    June 17, 2021 at 1:50 pm
    bobsacamano2 says:
    June 17, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Let’s see how much they stick to the plan when Dalton throws 3 picks in the first game and Fields is not ready. Source: lifelong Browns fan who has seen many drafted and FA QBs enter a three way competition. I feel for you Bears fans. They should just start Fields and see what he’s got.
    __________

    Dalton isn’t throwing for 3 INTs very often. Also, it’s rich seeing a Browns fan rag on Andy Dalton, who has a career 12-5 record against your team. Baker Mayfield is essentially a prime Andy Dalton lol.

    ———

    Why don’t you post Andy Dalton’s postseason record for us all to see….

  20. They are handling it smartly. This is a signal to other teams that Foles is available for trade, either now to be a top backup or when some team’s starter goes down early in the season. All while prepping the fans for it not being a big loss because of Fields being #2.

  21. If there is competition then let the winner of the competition be the starter. It should be that simple.

  22. “Not to mention he’s now the third fastest QB in the NFL behind Lamar and Kyler Murray”
    _________

    If the first thing you’re saying about a QB is how fast a runner he is then there are serious problems. Brady, Peyton, Brees, Montana… none ever heralded for their speed.

  23. Nick Foles may be the biggest enigma the NFL has ever seen…

    In addition to being a Super Bowl (and Pro Bowl) MVP, he holds 5 NFL records:
    – Tied for most consecutive completions in a single game (25)
    – Tied for most touchdowns in a single game (7)
    – Highest passer rating in NFL playoff history (113.2) (125+ attempts)
    – Highest completion percentage in single playoff (72.6) (100+ attempts)
    – Highest completion percentage in NFL Playoff history (71.9) (100+ attempts)

    Yet he’s been below average (at best) for most of his NFL career!
    I’ve never seen anything like it.

  24. For some weird reason I have a hard time trusting anything said by a bald guy that wears a visor.

  25. Well other than the uninformed fans who only watched Foles play once or twice in the playoffs and kept chirping how great he is since, this isnt a surprise to anyone. When hot and at his best Foles is an above average qb but more often than not he’s a below average qb with no athleticism to compensate when he’s not hot.

  26. mogogo1 says:
    June 17, 2021 at 12:35 pm
    “They should just start Fields and see what he’s got.”
    _________

    Like how they did with Trubisky who never had to take a snap under center in college yet got thrown in as the starter his rookie year only to never develop?
    ————————————————————————————————-
    I suppose you slept through his junior season at NC where he started all 13 games while passing for over 3,700 yards and 30 TDs.

  27. Christopher Allan says:

    June 17, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    mogogo1 says:
    June 17, 2021 at 12:35 pm
    “They should just start Fields and see what he’s got.”
    _________

    Like how they did with Trubisky who never had to take a snap under center in college yet got thrown in as the starter his rookie year only to never develop?
    ————————————————————————————————-
    I suppose you slept through his junior season at NC where he started all 13 games while passing for over 3,700 yards and 30 TDs.
    ————————-
    He played in a shotgun offense doing that, not under center.

  28. The Bears have never had a great QB in their 100 year history and tOSU has never sent a great QB to the NFL so guess how this one ends.

  29. It will be easier putting Fields in the game after watching Dalton, than it would after Foles. The Bears’ arrow is pointing straight down. It started with the Khalil Mack trade, and it’s just been spinning out of control ever since.

  30. Jquaste said:

    Nick Foles may be the biggest enigma the NFL has ever seen…In addition to being a Super Bowl (and Pro Bowl) MVP, he holds 5 NFL records:
    – Tied for most consecutive completions in a single game (25)
    – Tied for most touchdowns in a single game (7)
    – Highest passer rating in NFL playoff history (113.2) (125+ attempts)
    – Highest completion percentage in single playoff (72.6) (100+ attempts)
    – Highest completion percentage in NFL Playoff history (71.9) (100+ attempts)

    ——–

    Nick is actually a terrific QB, but the problem is that he doesn’t look like one. He looks un-athletic with a noodle arm, so fan bases turn on him if he’s not immediately successful. But his anticipation skills and ball placement are fantastic, and he is beyond clutch. The Eagles messed up his career by never giving him a real shot to be “the guy”. He deserved that shot. Still does. All the other places he’s played had poor O-lines, including Chicago last year. He doesn’t have the mobility to be successful under constant pressure. But give him time in the pocket, and he will win games for anyone. The reason he was successful with the Eagles is that they always had a great O-line.

  31. Foles is the best out of all 3 why would he be the 3rd QB?? Nagy’s an idiot that’s why. Please fire him and Pace tonight if possible.

  32. Sorry Nagy, but unless Foles is in a cast or he’s on the Covid list, there is not an equal/unbiased chance that Fields is ahead of Foles. Nagy is covering for his GM and jersey sales guy.

  33. This makes clear that: a) Nagy has no idea what he is doing, or b) a QB now needs zero experience to run an NFL offense.

  34. Foles doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Let’s not forget that when he came to the NFL, he took the job away from Michael Vick, with a offense that was designed to take advantage of Vick’s intagibles. And at the time he took over, Chip Kelly’s RPO offense was seen as a joke. Foles took over and made that offense look incredible, and took the Eagles all the way to the playoffs.

    He finished the Eagles a winning record, threw for 7 TD’s in 3 quarters (could have been more), and was traded away because Chip Kelly wanted to be the face of the franchise. Chip Kelly traded away that same year, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, at their prime.

    Foles didn’t play well under Jeff Fisher, but tell me one QB who does.

    During the Eagles Super Bowl Year, Carson Wentz had a winning season. But his wins were against losing football teams. Against winning teams, Wentz struggled as he did in 2020, panicking, running around like chicken without a head. Now we know in hindsight, that Nick Foles was greater than Wentz, much more clutch. Let’s not forget that he won in a close game at the Falcons, who was a serious contender, and then blew out the Vikings, who had a #1 defense, and top #5 offense. He then won the Super Bowl against Tom Brady, a feat that only Eli Manning was able to accomplish.

    Of course, he needed a competent coach, a good line, a good RB, and a good WR core…but what QB doesn’t need that? We saw Mahomes struggle to score when his WRs dropped passes, and his line didn’t block.

    Andy Dalton is not a great QB, not even close to average. I watched every game he played last year, he sucks. Just Fields, I hope the best for him, but he’s a rushing QB that doesn’t look past his second read very often. He played so horrible 3 of his 6 games, that he dropped from being the #2 pick in the draft, all the way to Chicago.

    I do hope that Foles gets traded to the Jets. He’ll win the competition if he’s given the chance. He’s definitely underrated.

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