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If Healthy, Andy Dalton Remains Bears’ Starting QB … We Think

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Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy wouldn’t reveal whether Andy Dalton is still the starting quarterback, but the Bears themselves said that, yes, Dalton remains the main man.

When healthy, that is.

The confusion started during Nagy’s usual Monday meeting with reporters. When asked whether Dalton will remain the starter, Nagy answered: “That’s something that I’m not going to get into with scheme.”

Later, though, a Bear representative entered a room with reporters and clarified things. The team rep said Nagy misunderstood the question about Dalton and that Dalton will continue to start ahead of rookie Justin Fields, health permitting.

Of course, health is a bit of a question mark with Dalton, who left Sunday’s 20-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury. He briefly checked back in before sitting out for good in the second half.

Fields finished the game and went 6-of-13 passing for 60 yards with an interception. He also rushed 10 times for 31 yards.

So there’s a possibility Fields will start in the Bears’ next game, on the road against the Cleveland Browns. If so, could the Bears possibly turn back to Dalton?

“That’s all stuff that we’ve talked about,” Nagy told reporters. “We’ve discussed how things would go, the what-if game, just so that you’re not making emotional decisions. And you also got to see how things are going. It’s literally that process that you talk about with these quarterbacks and with players in general and with your offense, defense, special teams.

“Kind of all going back to what we’ve talked about from day one, which is just worry about today. We just try to stay in the moment right now.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Is anyone still watching this boring brand of football? The Bears will languish until the franchise is sold to a knowledgeable owner who hires quality management and coaches. They keep hiring “offensive genius” coaches who can’t consistently put up 21 points. The defense is populated with a few good players, they trade away some of the best. The organizations is full of boot lickers and candy asses. The Old Lady owner pats them on the head and says, “he is such a nice boy”. They go out and continue their commitment to mediocrity. They will never be better than a .500 team as long as the current owners remain. A long suffering Bears fan here, you may have noticed. New slogan is 3 and out, 3 at a time. I look at Patrick Mahone or Lamar Jackson and I see competitive leaders. I look at Justin Fields and I see a girls face. That is the way it is.

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