The Facts: The Chicago Bears may have drafted their future franchise quarterback by trading up to select Fields at No. 11 overall, but the ball will remain Andy Dalton's for now, according to coach Matt Nagy. "The worst thing we can do is put him in when he's not ready and ruin him, which ruins the Bears," he said. "So we want to make sure that we do this so that he has a very successful entry into this league. He plays with confidence. He's a winner, which he's always been. And then, ultimately, in the end, he's the best thing for the Chicago Bears, plain and simple."
Diehards Line:Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Nagy said he wants to implement the same plan that he did as the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, when Alex Smith had a career year while future star Patrick Mahomes sat on the bench. The Bears have the potential to allow Fields to blossom under the tutelage of Dalton, who will play his 11th season in the league on a one-year, $10 million deal he signed as a free agent, as well as Nick Foles, who once guided the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl. Still, fresh off of a 5,701-yard, 67-touchdown career at Ohio State, Fields has the skills to slot in immediately should the Bears need help under center. Believing that won't be at some point this season seems like a reach even with Dalton as the de facto starter for now.