Earlier this week, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said yet again that veteran quarterback Andy Dalton will start over rookie and first-round pick Justin Fields barring an injury or some other unforeseen occurrence.
Fields previously stated he was "going to do everything" possible to win the starting gig but said Thursday he's on board with the plan.
"If I don't believe in it, it's not going to work out," Fields explained, per Jeff Dickerson of ESPN. "My job is strictly [to] get better and be the best quarterback I can be and hope my team wins. That's what I'm going to do whether it's starting, whether it's sitting, I'm going to do whatever is going to help us win."
Nagy currently has Fields sandwiched between Dalton and fellow veteran Nick Foles on the depth chart and expects the first-year pro to pick the brains of two signal-callers who are no strangers to facing NFL defenses. Fields added:
"I've learned a lot of things [from Dalton]. I mean, he's talked to me a lot. I actually went to dinner with him and his wife. I mean, Andy and Nick, they've been awesome, probably bigger than you guys even know. Andy has just completely taken me under his wing. Any question that I have for him, he's going to answer, even when I'm throwing. I think there was one day after OTAs, I was throwing extra after practice and he stayed out there specifically to see maybe what I was doing wrong. He was just trying to help me out."
It's likely, if not guaranteed, everyone involved can read the writing on the wall even before the summer months. Dalton will only remain Chicago's starter this fall as long as the Bears aren't eliminated from playoff contention and he is playing well enough to silence anybody calling for Fields to take over as QB1.