Report: Owner George McCaskey directed Bears to name Justin Fields their starter


(670 The Score) It continues to get messier and messier at Halas Hall this week. One day after Bears coach Matt Nagy was forced to publicly defend himself against a rumor that he'll be fired after Chicago's game in Detroit on Thursday, another unflattering report surfaced Wednesday. Earlier in the season, team chairman George McCaskey personally directed the Bears' coaching staff to name rookie quarterback Justin Fields as the permanent starter, according to Bears insider Hub Arkush, who laid out the situation as he's heard it during his appearance on the Bernstein & Rahimi Show on Wednesday.

"This goes back to the decision to make Justin Fields the starter," Arkush said. "I have finally confirmed with enough sources that that direction came from George McCaskey. That was not Matt Nagy's decision. And that's when it really all began. And we can get into the football side of that, because that's more important than anything else. I'm not saying it would have saved Matt's job, he's done more than enough to question whether he has developed enough as a head coach in three-and-a-half years, but that's where this has gotten so ugly, because people have chosen sides. Everybody's chosen sides over this quarterback thing, and what was right and what was wrong."

Veteran Andy Dalton was the Bears' starting quarterback for the first two games of the season before suffering a knee injury. Fields then took over as the starter, remaining in the job even after Dalton got healthy. However, Dalton will start Thursday as Fields deals with a ribs injury.

Listen to Arkush's entire interview in the embedded player below: