Andy Dalton or Justin Fields? Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy to decide quarterback playing time – .

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Andy Dalton or Justin Fields? Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy to decide quarterback playing time – .


LAKE FOREST, Ill. –Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy has said it will be a game-time decision whether Andy Dalton or Justin Fields start quarterback on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
Veteran Nick Foles is not under consideration to begin with, according to Nagy.

“We know what we’re doing and that’s what we believe in and what we’re going with,” Nagy said after Friday practice.

Nagy has repeatedly insisted that Dalton is the Chicago starter when he is healthy, but the 33-year-old quarterback suffered a bone contusion to his left knee in Week 2 and was inactive for Sunday’s 26-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Dalton has had limited practice attendance all week and is officially listed as questionable to face the Lions.

“I feel great,” Dalton said on Friday. “When you have an injury, you try to do whatever you can to rehabilitate yourself and feel good as soon as possible. So everything is going in the right direction and everything is improving so I feel good where I am. “

Fields suffered a right thumb injury against the Browns, but competed fully all week and is not listed with an injury designation on the final report.

Cleveland sacked Fields nine times in the rookie’s NFL debut and limited him to just 6 of 20 passes for 68 yards and 12 rushing yards in three attempts.

For his part, Fields said he had enjoyed a solid week of training and managed to put the Browns’ game behind him.

“This week’s training compared to last week’s training, I just felt more comfortable in training, just putting that on my belt and going over that,” he said. declared. “Last week you really couldn’t do worse than this. I mean, I hope not. But I felt comfortable this week. “

Nagy echoed the sentiment.

“Justin’s game that he played last week, he did a lot of things that he’s going to learn,” Nagy said. “But we must also, and I, help him. I think the most important thing for him is, “OK, this is how I was during the training week. This is how I was on match day, both physically and mentally. Now how am I going to start this week? Am I improving? Is there an improvement? Am I improving in the areas I was good at? Am I better at things I wasn’t so good at?

“And that’s what we do as coaches throughout the training week, is to be able to watch it and see that. I can say from last week to this week that you are seeing this progress. That is, knowing and feeling how he practiced, which is why I would answer that way. “

In other news, Nagy declined to reveal whether he would continue to call offensive plays or hand the task over to offensive coordinator Bill Lazor or another assistant coach. The Bears had just 47 total net yards, one net passing yard and an average of 1.1 yards per offensive play in Sunday’s ugly loss to the Browns.

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