Sean McVay: We’d be naive not to prepare for the Bears to use Justin Fields in some way

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The Bears have been adamant that Andy Dalton is their starting quarterback, and rookie Justin Fields‘ job will be to learn from the sideline. But Rams head coach Sean McVay says his defense will be ready for Fields.

McVay indicated that he thinks the Bears may have a package of plays designed to utilize Fields’ talents, even though the Rams are preparing primarily to face Dalton.

“I think it would be naive for us not to prepare for them to be able to utilize him in some form or fashion,” McVay said. “But Andy is a winning quarterback in this league, does a great job. I really have seen a lot of film of Andy, even going back to when Jay Gruden was his coordinator at Cincinnati. So, very familiar with what a really good quarterback he is. He does a great job, accurate, anticipation, recognizes the looks defensively, can straighten up protections. So Andy Dalton’s a really good quarterback and it’ll be a great challenge. And then you see the ways that Justin made a lot of plays going back to his career at Ohio State, what he showed in the preseason. So, I think you got to be ready for either.”

Fields is a much better runner than Dalton and would present a different challenge to defenses, and the mere fact that the Rams are spending time preparing to see Fields may be helpful to the Bears.

11 responses to “Sean McVay: We’d be naive not to prepare for the Bears to use Justin Fields in some way

  1. Knowing the Bears they’ll mistakenly put him in as soon as possible. Most young guns get thrown to the wolves too soon. Consider a true freshman college quarterback straight from high school. Not very often. The transition from college to pro is nearly the same as described by many players over the years. Good luck with that.,

  2. Knowing Chicago they will indeed use him, as a bench warmer while they play the vanilla Red Rifle all the way to their first loss

  3. haughville says:
    September 7, 2021 at 8:20 am
    This game will be a blowout. Bad choice for the Sunday night opener.

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    I agree my Bears are not expected to win but we have one thing going for us. Matt Stafford is still Matt Stafford. He’s tossed 32 TD’s vs 23 picks playing the Bears over 20 games. That’s 2+ picks a game. Yeah, he was on the Lions but he’s still that same QB.

    He’ll ultimately break LA’s hearts. Go Bears!

  4. Diehard Bears fan! I mean they could go 0-17 for the next decade and I’m still onboard. They ain’t expected to win this game, and this comment has nothing to do with my fandom, but I’m sooo hoping for an upset of the a Rams. Reason being, it has always bothered me when teams, fans and “experts” look past a team because of matchups on paper, and so emphatically declare a winner before the first snap. Whatever happened to “any given Sunday…”?

  5. icantstandwhitecastleanymore says:
    September 7, 2021 at 10:05 am

    ….

    I agree my Bears are not expected to win but we have one thing going for us. Matt Stafford is still Matt Stafford. He’s tossed 32 TD’s vs 23 picks playing the Bears over 20 games. That’s 2+ picks a game. Yeah, he was on the Lions but he’s still that same QB.

    He’ll ultimately break LA’s hearts. Go Bears!

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    You mean the same Matt Stafford that carved up the Bear defense for over 400 yards in December and a victory? With a much better offense and defense I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s 500 yards on the way to victory over the Bears. #BearFansLivingin2018!

  6. Using Fields doesn’t mean he’ll be effective. Nagy’s offense is perfect in that no QB can ever look good in it.

  7. Joe Toronto is crying because Justin Fields is a bust….just like every othe OSU QB! says:
    September 7, 2021 at 11:21 am

    You mean the same Matt Stafford that carved up the Bear defense for over 400 yards in December and a victory? With a much better offense and defense I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s 500 yards on the way to victory over the Bears. #BearFansLivingin2018!

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    Yes, that Matt Stafford. Trubisky had a 106 passer rating vs Lions in six games but he’s still Mitch and Matt is still Matt. LA gave up way too much for him.

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