Matt Nagy won’t get into whether Andy Dalton remains starter if healthy

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Bears head coach Matt Nagy confirmed at a Monday morning press conference that quarterback Andy Dalton did not tear his ACL during Sunday’s win over the Bengals, but there was no word on his outlook for the team’s Week Three game against the Browns.

Nagy said that the team will know more later on Monday about Dalton’s status and there will also be a wait for word on whether Dalton will be the starter if he is cleared to play. Justin Fields got extended playing time on Sunday and Nagy was asked if Dalton remains the team’s starting quarterback as long as he is healthy enough to be on the field.

“That’s something that I’m not going to get into with scheme,” Nagy said.

A followup took issue with Nagy saying that the answer has to do with scheme, but Nagy stood firm that it was “100 percent scheme” to keep the quarterback decision under wraps. The answer likely has to do with Dalton and Fields having different styles and a desire to have the Browns prepare for both possibilities. That may not be an issue if Dalton winds up being ruled out this week, but, for now, Nagy isn’t conceding anything about the team’s quarterback plans.

10 responses to “Matt Nagy won’t get into whether Andy Dalton remains starter if healthy

  1. Danielle K says:
    September 20, 2021 at 12:02 pm
    Dalton looked better than Fields yesterday
    -Just about every QB looked better than Fields yesterday.

  2. Dalton gives them a better chance to win games now, but Fields needs to learn on the field the hard way as Zach and Trevor are currently. Dalton’s predictable injury will probably save Nagy from his own decision to not start Fields.

  3. If the defense plays like they did yesterday and your goal is to win as many games as possible, Dalton gives you a better chance. They might not put up tons of points, but they’ll move the ball and keep the defense off the field and he’ll get the ball where it’s supposed to go.

  4. I believe it’s still too early to tell completely, but I’m happy that the Pats took Mac Jones.

  5. You have 4 years on a rookie deal. You need to get Fields in there and build around him while you have the cap space. Thus why rookies hit the field. SF is making the same mistake. You don’t get better watching. Play these guys already especially since so much capital was traded for them.

  6. wintercoates87 says:
    September 20, 2021 at 12:46 pm
    I believe it’s still too early to tell completely, but I’m happy that the Pats took Mac Jones.
    ________
    Fields has as many touchdowns as Jones and he hasn’t started a game yet.

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