On Wednesday, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy named Justin Fields the team's starting quarterback moving forward. Somewhat of an odd twist, since he reiterated to reporters on Monday that veteran Andy Dalton would have the job, if and when healthy.
Nagy's decision to stick with Fields is sensible -- the Bears traded up to draft him back in April. But what caused Nagy to go back on his word and reshuffle his quarterback plan in just two days' time?
"I've got to believe in my heart of hearts that they're doing this from a football standpoint and not from a public reaction standpoint," NFL on CBS announcer Ian Eagle told The DA Show on Thursday. "If you start making decisions solely on which way the Twitter wind is going, that's not going to lead to success in the end. You've got to do what you believe in, Nagy's been at this a long time.
"I have to believe in my heart of hearts that they believe this is what's best for the team. And they've seen how guys have responded to Fields, and they think, moving forward -- certainly with the idea that he's not just the future, but also the present at quarterback -- this is the right play, right now."
Fields' first NFL start was simply a nightmare. In the Bears' 26-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 26, their offense produced only 47 total yards, and averaged 1.1 yards per play -- the second-fewest by any NFL team in a game this century. Fields was also sacked nine times for 67 yards lost.
He rebounded in his second start, however, throwing for 209 yards on 11-of-19 passing in the Bears' 24-14 home win over the rival Detroit Lions last Sunday. On the year, Fields has completed 48.1-percent of his passes (25 of 52) for 347 yards and two interceptions, and rushed for 55 yards on 17 attempts with one touchdown.
Chicago (2-2) will visit the Las Vegas Raiders (3-1) in a Week 5 matchup this Sunday. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Bears currently have a 16-percent chance to reach the playoffs and an 11-percent chance to win the NFC North.
The entire NFL conversation between Eagle and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.