Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy announces that Justin FIeld will start the season finale. It will mercifully be Justin Fields’ final game dealing with Nagy as his head coach.
After being inactive for the past two weeks due to an ankle injury, Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields will start the regular-season finale against the Minnesota Vikings. Head coach Matt Nagy made the announcement this week.
Fields gets one last opportunity to take snaps under game situations. His rookie campaign will end and he’ll have a big offseason to develop further and come back stronger in 2022.
It will also apparently mark the final time Fields plays with Nagy as his head coach. Reports indicate that the Chicago Bears informed him that this week’s game will be his final one as head coach.
We all saw how horribly Nagy handled Fields. It seemed that if he had his way he’d just have Fields inactive in every game. Right from the start of training camp, Nagy just kept downplaying Fields. He announced that there was nothing, except injury, that could happen that would have Fields start the season as QB1 over Andy Dalton.
Nagy then went on to give FIelds almost zero snaps with the starters either during training camp or in preseason games. That move would come back to haunt him later.
There was a better way for Nagy to do what he did. He could have had Fields and Dalton share some snaps. He should have let FIelds in on the offense. To the fans, it would look like a kind of a battle. The only thing is that Dalton would be the winner no matter what. Nagy should have kept that announcement to himself then announce that Dalton won the battle near the end of the preseason.
Some people would be mad, but most would accept it. The way Nagy did it, he left many people with a bad taste in their mouths. He appeared to be closed-minded in his approach. It also gave off the feeling that he wasn’t going to use Fields very much during the season. As the regular season began, there was already a ton of negativity.
Once the season began we saw Dalton struggle in the first game. Just as we saw with Mitchell Trubisky, we saw Dalton throw very bad interceptions.
In Week 2, Dalton injured his knee and Fields had to step in for him. He helped get a win, but that went on Dalton’s record.
Fields started in Week 3 and that is where the McCaskeys should have figured out that Nagy wasn’t the coach to develop FIelds. It appeared that there was no game plan. Nagy basically had Fields running plays set up for Dalton. There was no moving of the pocket, no slants, and no help for the offensive line.
Once the poor game plan failed, there were no adjustments by Nagy. He left FIelds in to take a beating.
That poor coaching continued throughout the season with Fields and Nagy. Nagy just didn’t run the plays that utilized Fields’ best abilities. He basically wanted to make Fields a Dalton-type quarterback.
Now Fields will work with another head coach and another coaching staff. The main concern for whoever hires the new head coach (hopefully it isn’t current general manager Ryan Pace) needs to be who can best help Fields. The team feels they finally found their franchise quarterback. Therefore, they need to put him in the best position to succeed.
Nagy didn’t do that, and now we’ll see his exit for the benefit of Fields and the Chicago Bears offense.