The Chicago Bears are going to have a pre-camp quarterback controversy, and the decision on who starts Week 1 will be up to Andy Dalton and Justin Fields.
Bears executives made sure Dalton would be the Week 1 quarterback, but anything could happen between the team’s organized activities and the start of the regular season.
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Former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has offered his two cents on what the Bears should do.
He says to go with the grizzled veteran.
“I wouldn’t play the kid to begin with,” he said in an interview on ESPN Chicago this week. “I would let him watch. I think it’s just a tough place to throw someone over there, especially in Chicago. And I think Andy is more than helpful. I think they can win matches with Andy and pull the ship along until [Fields] is ready. “
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Cutler said he didn’t see Fields’ big deal sitting down for the first 10 games of the season to watch and learn, and said the team should do what they can to make sure he has the support he needs to play in order to avoid getting yips and messing with his trajectory.
Cutler expressed his confidence in the coaching staff of the Bears.
“He’s obviously talented. He can move. He can throw. He’s won a lot at Ohio State. He seems to have a little chip on his shoulder, which I don’t think is a bad thing. But as we’ve talked about many times, when you’re playing quarterback, there are a lot of moving parts. They must get the line [stabilized]. They have to get arms. … And I like it a lot [head coach Matt Nagy]. It has never been a problem in my mind. I think he’s going to come up with a plan, ”Cutler added.
Chicago selected Fields with the No. 11 pick.
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He should fight for the job with Dalton. Nick Foles is also on the list.