- Dawson Haywood
Anybody that follows the NFL in the slightest has some form of knowledge of the dumpster fire that is the Chicago Bears. One thing that Matt Nagy seems to not understand about the team that he is coaching is that it is a member of the National Football League, not Pop-Warner where everybody gets a chance to play and receives a participation trophy at the end of the season. Teams are expected to win and coaches are expected to put their team in the best position to win. I'll harp on the quarterback situation for a second because that is an easy topic to go into.
Almost immediately after Chicago signed Andy Dalton, Matt Nagy announced that he would be the starting quarterback week one. Like I said, this is the NFL and the expectation is to win. What if Justin Fields is the better quarterback? Which most would say he is. Do we just dismiss that? If you're Matt Nagy you do because you're too scared to go back on what you said. This is the nature of the game. Better players come and go each year and the best players have to play.
Looking at other teams with rookie quarterbacks in the league, these teams appear to be doing things the right way with their rookies. In Jacksonville, we all could have easily predicted Trevor Lawrence would be the starter week one. Despite the Jaguars announcing this only a few days ago, they at least kept their options open. Same deal with the Patriots and Mac Jones. Cam Newton was an MVP not too long ago, but the Patriots kept the quarterback position open and let Mac and Cam battle it out. The Jets have put a lot of faith in Zach Wilson but even if he struggles in his first year at least the team can develop him and understand his style of play better. Trey Lance is currently sitting behind Jimmy Garoppolo but this is a quarterback who he can sit behind and learn from.
I'll quote Obi-Wan Kenobi to describe Matt Nagy... "Only a sith deals in absolutes". Why has Andy Dalton been the clear cut #1 quarterback since the day we signed him? I'm not an NFL coach I just give my opinions on the internet BUT I do firmly believe that starting Fields is best for the team as a whole. He may struggle to begin with but the earlier he struggles the earlier he gets comfortable and the earlier his confidence starts to build. There is no doubt that Fields will start before the end of the season so why not start him week one?