Chicago Bears 2019-2020 QB - Justin Fields (2x B1G OPOY, 2x B1G QBOY, '19 Heisman Finalist, 2x B1G Champion)

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    And Trey Sermon...but I don’t agree with him. None of those guys could cover Davonta Smith.
     
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    QB JUSTIN FIELDS, CHICAGO BEARS
    When the Bears traded up to select Fields with the No. 11 overall pick, the immediate reaction among some was fear that he was going to a so-called quarterback graveyard – an understandable concern, given that the Bears haven’t had a legitimately great quarterback in decades.

    Realistically, however, the history that previous Bears quarterbacks have underperformed shouldn’t be any more reason to bet against Fields than the fact that previous Ohio State quarterbacks have struggled in the NFL. Fields is a different prospect than those quarterbacks, and he’s the first one Matt Nagy has drafted since becoming the Bears’ head coach in 2018.

    Despite trading up to draft Fields, the Bears are currently planning for Andy Dalton (who they signed to a one-year contract in March) to be their starting quarterback in 2021 rather than throwing Fields into the fire immediately. Nagy was the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator in 2017, when Patrick Mahomes spent his rookie season learning behind Alex Smith, and the Bears want to follow that blueprint again with Fields’ development.

    Certainly, the Bears should do whatever they believe gives Fields the best chance to develop into an elite NFL quarterback like Mahomes. That said, Smith was one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks in 2017, leading the league in passer rating while leading the Chiefs to an AFC West title. Unless Dalton can perform at that level – and there’s reason to be skeptical he can, given that the Cincinnati Bengals missed the playoffs in each of his last four seasons as their starting quarterbacks – there are going to be calls for Fields to play sooner than later, and they are leaving the door open for Fields to win the starting job as a rookie.

    “When the time is right, I promise you, every single person will know – including Justin – when it’s the right time,” Nagy said during the Bears’ post-draft press conference. “And that’s naturally how it happens.”

    There’s really no clear-cut answer on whether it would be best for Fields’ development to be the backup for a year or start immediately, as there are plenty of examples of NFL quarterbacks taking both routes to become stars. What the Bears have made clear is they want to prioritize Fields’ long-term development during his rookie season, which should bolster his chances of success in 2022 and beyond even if it means waiting to play in 2021.
     
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