Will Justin Fields ever give the Bears QB job back to Andy Dalton?

Bears rookie QB Justin Fields will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Fields is replacing the injured Andy Dalton, who left Chicago’s win against the Bengals with a knee injury. 

Sport Illustrated’s Albert Breer first reported the news:

So here’s the real question: Now that Fields is the starter, will he ever give back the job to Dalton?

Bears coach Matt Nagy has been very clear that Dalton is the starter this season and will continue to be the starter once he is healthy. Anthony Lynn said the same thing last year when Tyrod Taylor went down and Justin Herbert replaced him. Herbert never gave back the job. I think there’s a better than 50% chance Fields never gives back this job.

Fields has his issues, both with his own play and his situation in Chicago. He holds onto the ball in the pocket way too long, his offensive line is terrible and his head coach and offensive coaching staff do not put him or his teammates in a position to succeed. That being said, his rushing abilities and strong arm are big upgrades over Dalton. If Fields is able to adjust to the speed of the NFL quickly, this job is going to be his. If not, Dalton may find his way back into the lineup, assuming his knee gets right. 

There’s no official odds listed right now, so this is the Champions Round unofficial official sportsbook odds for Fields being the QB1 from here on out for Chicago:

Fields is QB1: -125

Gives job back to Dalton: +105