June 14, 2021

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Fields vs. Dalton: Who Will Start Week One?

One of the remaining burning questions for the Bears is who will start week one? Will it be rookie newcomer Justin Fields who’s attitude and college success has both the fans and the Bears brass excited for the future. Could it be veteran Andy Dalton who signed a one-year pact over the off-season? According to Head Coach Matt Nagy, Dalton looks to be in line for the job. I wouldn’t count out Fields just yet but as a fan, I rather have Dalton start the first few weeks of the season. 

It would be a similar approach to the Trubisky era as Mike Glennon drew the starting nod for the first few weeks of the season. If Dalton were to perform at a low level, that’s when Fields would hop in. I’m sure a lot of Bears fans want to see Fields week one, but I’m sure a lot of them are going to patiently wait for the rookie to get his chance. For the first time in awhile, the Bears have an answer at QB. \

Fields is the guy but expect a cautious approach from Nagy and Co.

What about Nick Foles? I’m sure a lot of people are curious to see what happens to the other veteran on the Bears roster. There was a report stating the Bears tried to shop Foles during the draft but there were no takers. For now, he will likely be the third string QB behind Dalton and Fields. Possibly second string, but I’m sure the Bears would like to see Fields in some capacity this season. Plus he is the less favorable of the three. 

We probably won’t see Foles take the field as a Bear again

For now, my answer is to start with Dalton. It’s not like he’s bad. He’s put together solid seasons in the past and still has plenty left in the tank. Fields can learn a lot from both Foles and Dalton. I think he needs that time to get advice from the vets, watch them in big time moments, and get a better understanding of the playbook before jumping right in. I’m sure Fields is ready to go now but by giving him time, it will set him up to succeed down the line.