Matt Nagy is jeopardizing the Bears’ future on his way out the door by starting Justin Fields Sunday night against the Packers.
Matt Nagy confirmed Wednesday that quarterback Justin Fields has been cleared to play and will start on Sunday night for the Chicago Bears against the Packers in Green Bay. Fields suffered cracked ribs a couple of weeks ago in a game versus the Baltimore Ravens. He has missed two games since the injury with Andy Dalton starting in his place.
Previously, Nagy has been very cautious with players returning from injury, sometimes giving them an extra week to heal. But with his job very much on the line, he is turning to the Bears’ future to right the ship.
After Sunday night’s matchup was unable to be flexed for something else, the Bears find themselves with two primetime opportunities in a row, starting against the Packers at Lambeau Field with a Monday night matchup against the Minnesota Vikings to follow. These are two games where the Chicago Bears offense will be on full display for the entire league to see – a nightmare for Bears fans.
Bears: Matt Nagy turns to Justin Fields to save his job
There is absolutely no reason for Nagy to trot Fields out there against the Packers other than to potentially (and miraculously) save his job. With a Monday night game to follow, there would be an extra day of rest for Fields to come back then and return at home rather than rushing to get ready for Green Bay.
The Bears, the charter franchise in the NFL, have never fired a coach during the regular season. This is the only reason I can think why Nagy has not been let go.
Nagy’s favorite phrase after a Bears loss is expressing the need for he and his team to “find the why’s” that led them to failure. He may not be finding the “why’s” because he’s looking further than in the mirror.