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Couch: Clock Ticking On Start of Justin Fields Era With The Bears

The answer Chicago has been waiting for is Sunday, Oct. 3 at noon. Or 143 days from now. But it’s not as if I’m counting. (That’s 3,432 hours from noon central time today). That’s when Justin Fields is going to get his first start as the Chicago Bears quarterback. It will be the fourth game of the Bears’ season, and he’ll start against the Detroit Lions and get his first win. That’s how I’m figuring it anyway, from the schedule that the NFL announced Wednesday night. You have to give the NFL major props for its schedule release. Somehow, Roger Goodell has turned Schedule Day into something big, almost like Draft Day, even though everyone already knew which teams were on everyone’s schedule. It’s all based on a formula. The NFL is just so popular that it can announce something everyone already knows and make a splash out of it. They could draw ratings and odds by announcing that today is Thursday.  All we found out on Schedule Day were the specific times and dates, which are important only if you’re planning things out 3,432 hours in advance. (That’s 205,920 minutes until Justin Fields). So now we know that Trevor […]



Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.