The bears have understood this. You are delighted that Justin Fields has finally been named a starter. Frankly, they’re excited too. But now that we’re at this point, the Bears want to manage some expectations as well.
“Are there going to be times when there’s a bad play, a bad call, something that happens that a rookie quarterback does normally?” Nagy said. “Yes there is. It’s going to happen. And then there’s also this growth. It’s going to be important.
“You just have to understand that there are going to be some mistakes,” Fields said. “You just have to learn from these mistakes and try not to make them twice. With every snap I get I’m going to see what I could have done better and try not to make those mistakes twice.
At every stage of Fields’ development, there have been a lot of unknowns. Now that he’s going to be the starter to move forward, that doesn’t change.
“When he got here in OTAs, we didn’t know how it was going to be,” Nagy said. “When he showed up to training camp, we didn’t know how it was going to go, and he showed us that he was ready to take that step. We got to the preseason, even though who he’s playing against, he’s shown us he’s ready to go out there and make plays. And then when we got into the season as a substitute, he showed us, like we said, inspiring your teammates when you’re there. When you’re out there as the look team’s quarterback, inspire your teammates. Improve others. And that’s how he did it.
“Then he gets, unfortunately, an opportunity through Andy’s health to go out there and play, and he comes in as a save for that game, the game with Cincy. Then he plays in the game against Cleveland and now he’s recovered. “
Nagy said the Bears have seen incremental progress from Fields since joining Halas Hall. But they were particularly impressed with his ability to bounce back against the Lions after the excruciating match of Week 3.
“There are a lot of guys who maybe haven’t come back from this,” Nagy said. “It was tough, but it just shows who he is. All of us, just know and see what he’s talking about, and then that confidence. You know, Justin earned that trust with us. Now that’s kind of why we went this way.
There could be uglier moments this season as Fields continues to acclimatize to the NFL, but in the eyes of the Bears, he’s proven he can handle it.
“He’s grown to this point,” Nagy said. “He deserved it. He worked hard. And now he has this opportunity.