Matt Nagy Clears the Air About Situation in Chicago Bears’ QB Room Involving Justin Fields & Andy Dalton

Published 07/13/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Dec 20, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy looks on during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports


Following their performances in the 2020 NFL season, the Chicago Bears realized change was needed in the quarterback room. Letting go of Mitch Trubisky, the side signed free agent Andy Dalton to be their new starter. 

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But then the franchise shocked everyone by picking Ohio State QB Justin Fields with the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. So now the fight for the starting QB position has gotten a bit more interesting. 

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Dalton, a seasoned veteran, is a more than reliable option when called upon. Meanwhile, Justin Fields is undoubtedly the man the franchise hopes is the QB to lead them to their second-ever Super Bowl. 

With both QBs now locked in for that one starting spot, Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy talked about the prevailing mood in the QB room.  

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Appearing on the Under Center podcast, Nagy was asked about the prevalent mood in the Chicago Bears’ QB room. With the level of competitiveness sky-high, the head coach first lauded the two quarterbacks for this mental toughness.  

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“The one thing I’ve learned in this league being around great players and athletes and in particular the quarterback position is that these guys are so mentally tough. They understand how to handle situations and they try to just control what they can control,” Nagy said.

Nagy went on to further compliment his veteran QB for the role he has taken in helping Justin Fields.

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“Andy Dalton has been unbelievable to Justin Fields in that quarterback room. I think if anybody could be a fly on the wall, see how that quarterback room works, how it was in the OTAs is rare.

Dec 19, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) drops back to pass against the Northwestern Wildcats. The pay was made during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

And I appreciate that about Andy. I know Justin does too. They’re both competing for their tails off to be the starting quarterback. And to be the best player they can be for the Chicago Bears. That’s all we can ask for.”

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The Chicago Bears are a franchise that have been in quarterback purgatory for long. But with Dalton now here and Justin Fields set to take charge soon, Bears fans will hope that the jinx is now done with. 

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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