Should Rookie Quarterback Justin Fields Start for Chicago Bears?

Published 05/03/2021, 5:08 PM EDT
Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) celebrates after a touchdown pass against the Clemson Tigers during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


The Matt Nagy-led Chicago Bears endured a tough outing in the 2020 NFL season. Despite finishing 2nd in the NFC North, the Bears managed to qualify for post-season. But they were knocked out in the Wild Card Round at the hands of the Drew Brees-led New Orleans Saints.

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The Bears underwent a major overhaul this summer. They parted ways with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and brought in veteran Andy Dalton to compete with Nick Foles for a starting spot in 2021. Dalton was being touted as ‘QB1’ for Chicago. But all that changed after the recently concluded 2021 NFL Draft.

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

In almost Hollywood-esque fashion the Chicago Bears traded up from 20 to 11 with the New York Giants to draft the highly-rated quarterback Justin Fields.

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GM Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy gave up their 20th pick to the Giants, along with a 2022 1st-round pick, a 2022 4th-round pick, and a 5th-round pick for 2021.

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In one smart social media move, GM Ryan Pace and the Bears managed to fool most of the NFL fraternity and their own fanbase as well.

They attracted major flak for announcing a declining Andy Dalton as their undisputed ‘QB1’. The former Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys quarterback signed a 1-year deal worth $10 million.

However, the arrival of Justin Fields changes everything. The Georgia-born youngster has thrown for 5,300+ passing yards with 63+ passing TDs during his 2-year stay with the Ohio State Buckeyes.

He further rushed for 1,100+ rushing yards with 19 rushing TDs as well. He is more than ready to stake a claim for the starting spot in Chicago’s offense.

Coach Nagy also spoke about Fields’ arrival with renewed optimism as the Bears look to pick up where they left off when the season begins in September.

“It’s gonna be exciting for (Fields) to just come in here and learn how to be a professional quarterback. It’s not gonna happen overnight. He’s gonna be able to learn from great coaches and from great players that are gonna be the same room from him.

“And he knows that. That’s the part of Justin is that he’s super mature, he’s very focused, but he’s competitive as hell. Sometimes that pushes people.

“I think it certainly pushes him, but he does it in a respectful way and he’s had a lot of success doing it,” Nagy said via NBC Sports.

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Chicago wide receivers Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller will help rookie Dazz Newsome develop in the coming years. Meanwhile, Oklahoma OT Teven Jenkins will reunite with Fields when preseason begins next month.

Is it time for another young quarterback to battle for the throne in the NFC North? Aaron Rodgers will be closely watching.

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