Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy has done a lot of good things for the team this season. He’s improved the offensive line, making it one of the best in the league. He’s also helped develop quarterback Mitchell Trubisky into an MVP-caliber player. But there is one thing that Nagy must do to help his team succeed: give up play calling duties and let Justin Fields take over at QB.
Fields, who was drafted by the team in the second round of this year’s NFL draft, has been active in just one game so far this season. He’s yet to have a chance to show what he can do because Nagy continues to keep him on the sideline.
But that should change soon if Nagy is truly committed to giving the team its best chance of making a deep playoff run.
Fields was one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in college football last season as he threw for 2,865 yards and 32 touchdowns while adding another 1,034 yards and nine scores on the ground. He led Georgia to within inches of winning a national championship.
Fields’ athleticism has already shown up in the pros as he ran for 54 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in his preseason debut against the Philadelphia Eagles. Nagy continues to make bizarre decisions when it comes to using Fields, though. It’s time for that to change.
Nagy is better suited as a coach who can focus on the entire team, not just the offense. Allowing him to delegate responsibility of play calling to an assistant coach will allow him to better help his team in other ways. It would also give Nagy even more time for postgame media interviews, which is always a huge plus.
Keeping Fields on the sideline is starting to become a detriment to his development. Trubisky was handed the keys to Nagy’s offense immediately as a rookie, which allowed him to develop at his own pace.
Fields has shown that he can keep up with Trubisky in practice, but isn’t getting the chance to show what he can do in games. A Trubisky-Fields tandem is something that Bears fans should be excited about, but only if Fields gets a fair shot.
Trubisky has earned his role as starter this season with his brilliant play. But it’s time for Nagy to give Fields his opportunity to shine. The team is only going as far as its quarterback takes it, and it needs to find out soon if Fields can do the same.