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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.”