Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy surprised nobody who has been following the situation when he confirmed Wednesday that rookie quarterback Justin Fields will make his first NFL start this Sunday at the Cleveland Browns as veteran Andy Dalton is sidelined with a left knee injury.
Nagy reiterated comments he made throughout the summer that Dalton will be his QB1 when healthy and cleared to return to the lineup, but Kevin Patra of the NFL's website noted somebody couldn't help but ask Fields if the door is now open for him to leap to the top of the depth chart.
"I think every time I go in, I have that mindset," Fields responded. "Of course, I'm going to go out there on Sunday and play my best and, of course, just try to come out with the win. That's my main focus. My main focus isn't winning the starting job. I think that's going to come with time. My main focus right now is just to prepare the best I can and go out Sunday and execute at a high level."
Fields replaced the injured Dalton in last Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals and completed six of 13 passes for 60 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception with 31 rushing yards on 10 carries. If he quickly builds off that performance and stuns the Browns in Cleveland, individuals such as Jeff Dickerson of ESPN may be correct in saying that Nagy can't possibly go back to Dalton as his starter this fall.