Nagy pointed out that “when Andy is healthy, our plan continues for him to be the starter.” But this week, the focus will be solely on preparing Fields for his first NFL start.
“He is [been] able to do it in training camp, he’s [been] able to come out and play in the pre-season and he made some good plays,” Nagy said. “But now he can do it for real, quotes.
Nagy acknowledged the level of excitement building ahead of Fields’ first professional start. The Bears traded nine places in the first round at No. 11 to land the talented two-quarterback, who was one of the most explosive stars in college football at Ohio State.
“It’s unfortunate what happened to Andy because Andy was playing really well there at the start of that game,” Nagy said. “Andy is a very tough player and a team guy and I know he’s been very supportive here moving forward with Justin. But there’s excitement. Justin is preparing well. This will be the first time he’ll really prepare as a starter and see what it’s like every day to do this stuff mentally and physically in training.
“The other thing is it’s obviously big news for a lot of people and for him. I think the biggest thing we can help him with [concerning] the distraction part is making sure you take care of what you need, keep it isolated, and that’s what we’ll do, and then go out and learn and have fun. When you’re playing, have fun, be a great teammate, and that’s probably one of Justin’s greatest strengths.”
Fields and the Bears should take advantage of him being Sunday’s midweek starter, compared to where he was last weekend when he entered the game after Dalton was injured. This will allow Nagy and his staff to come up with a game plan that takes advantage of what the young quarterback does well.
“We were able to really get a sense of the things we like or dislike about him during training camp and pre-season,” Nagy said. “So now we get together as a staff and we just talk about the things that we think he does well for us, and you have to put it all on the line… and be able to give it to him and our offense. , the best possible opportunity.”
Nagy knows it’s important not to put too much on Fields’ plate.
“We understand the importance of not giving him too much so he’s playing slowly,” Nagy said. “We all want Justin to play very well. We know there will be mistakes early on. It will happen. We understand that. But we have to try to reduce and eliminate them as the year progresses. when he goes… And then every time he plays there, play hard, do your thing and just be the best quarterback you can be.
When asked what advice he would give Fields ahead of Sunday’s game, Nagy replied: “Trust your instincts. Play like you’ve played your whole career. And play loose. Have fun too. Go for it. and trust your teammates. Don’t try to be a hero. Go out there and play. Be a great quarterback for this game and see where it takes you the rest of the year.