February 07, 2023

Bears News

George McCaskey directed the Bears to start Justin Fields, per sources

It’s unclear how the directive to start Fields was given to the coaching staff

Chicago Bears chairman George H. McCaskey talks to reporters after the end of 2017 season at Halas Hall in Lake Forest.

Bears chairman George McCaskey directed the Bears coaching staff to name Justin Fields the permanent starting quarterback prior to the Week 5 game against the Las Vegas Raiders, multiple sources tell Shaw Local’s Hub Arkush.

It’s unclear how the directive was given to the coaching staff, whether there was a conversation in person between McCaskey and Bears head coach Matt Nagy, or if general manager Ryan Pace was directed to give the instructions to Nagy. The move was against the wishes of Nagy, per multiple sources.

Nagy named veteran Andy Dalton the starting quarterback prior to training camp. Dalton started games in Weeks 1 and 2 before injuring his knee in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. Rookie Justin Fields finished out that game and started the next two games with Dalton sidelined by the injury.

On the Monday after a Week 4 win over the Lions, Nagy made clear Dalton was still the starter, only to reverse course days later and name Fields the starting quarterback moving forward.

Fields has started every game since then. Andy Dalton will start Thursday against the Detroit Lions because of a rib injury that Fields sustained during Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

This is a developing story. Be sure to check back at shawlocal.com for updates.

Hub Arkush

Hub Arkush

Hub Arkush is the Senior Bears Analyst for Shaw Local News Network and ShawLocal.com.