Chicago Bears: Three best-case scenarios for Justin Fields to start
By Joseph Herff
The Chicago Bears should play Justin Fields right after the bye week
The Bye Week for the Chicago Bears comes at a great time. Right after their four-game stretch of talented teams in Weeks 6 to 9, the Bears get their bye week in Week 10. The Bears could then allow Fields to take over and get accustomed to the offense for two weeks before facing a tough defense in the Baltimore Ravens.
Now, I’m not a fan of Fields taking over against a top defense. So in this case, the Bears could prepare for Fields to take over, but start Dalton one last time on a short-leash against the Ravens. If things don’t work out, they can pull Dalton and let Fields play in garbage time to get warmed up for their Week 11 opponent.
In Week 11, the Bears then play the, guess who, Detroit Lions as it couldn’t come at a better time. Now, the Lions this late into the season could be improved, but they still should not be good. The stretch after that bye week would be favorable for Fields as well as he would then face the Arizona Cardinals to get another easier matchup before the Green Bay Packers.
All in all, it will be hard to gauge when Fields will start until the Bears get their hands on him at camp and see what he is capable of in their offense. In my opinion, he will be NFL-ready immediately, but that is just a guess at this point. It remains to be seen.