Halas Intrigue Bears Report: Familiar questions



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Halas Intrigue Bears Report
The Bears are again dealing with quarterback questions as they head into Sunday’s home finale against the Giants (noon CBS-2, 780-AM). Read the latest coverage and analysis below.

1. So what's the plan?
The Bears’ quarterback situation for their home finale Sunday against the Giants remained up in the air as they practiced Thursday.
The team’s strong preference is to get rookie Justin Fields as many snaps as possible over the final two games, but not at the expense of his health. Fields missed the game against the Seahawks because of an ankle injury and was limited in the first two practices this week.
Fields is Plan A. Plan B is unclear.
Third-stringer Nick Foles started in the win against the Seahawks and played well, but he got that opportunity only because Fields and Andy Dalton were hurt. Dalton had a rough stretch with a non-throwing hand injury, a groin injury and the coronavirus. He was inactive two of the last three weeks.
Dalton appears to be fine now, and practiced in full again Thursday.
The Bears have been mysterious about their plans given that this is a Week 17 game between two of the NFL’s worst teams, both of which have long been eliminated from playoff contention.
Who’s Plan B vs. Giants if Justin Fields is out? Bears keep it mysterious at QB
2. Health watch
Wide receiver Darnell Mooney wants to see Justin Fields play, too.
“I want him out there,” Mooney said. “But I also want him to be healthy. If he’s not healthy, I don’t want him going out there and injuring himself just trying to fight through it when he’s not 100% or at least 90% healthy.”
That’s pretty much the Bears’ approach heading into the game Sunday against the Giants at Soldier Field. Fields has started 10 games in his rookie season but missed the game against the Seahawks with an ankle injury. Backup quarterback Andy Dalton didn’t play because of a groin injury. Third-stringer Nick Foles started and led the Bears to a come-from-behind 25-24 victory at Lumen Field.
The healthiest quarterback will play, coach Matt Nagy said.
“Medical is gonna take over this thing,” Nagy said, “and it’s gonna dictate where they’re at. Whoever it is, they’ve got to be ready to go.”
Justin Fields’ health is Matt Nagy’s top priority
3. Cole case
Is Cole Kmet good? That’s a simple question, and it would’ve been nice for the Bears to have an answer to it by now.
But, like other talented young players on the team, any assessment of his progress has been clouded by the Bears’ various maladies. Kmet spent his first season playing with Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles as his quarterbacks and listening to coach Matt Nagy spend the first half of it talking about Kmet should get more snaps but not actually giving them to him.
Kmet is certainly playing more in his second season, but many of the issues contaminating the offense at large have continued.
While Justin Fields might one day become a star, he certainly isn’t there yet and has had plenty of rookie travails. Nagy’s system isn’t working, regardless of whether it’s him or offensive coordinator Bill Lazor calling the plays. And the offensive line has struggled enough that the Bears are frequently asking tight ends to help in protection.
When those factors are weighed, Kmet’s 53 catches for 539 yards look decent. But the Bears drafted him as the top tight end in his class, No. 43 overall, hoping he’d be the solution to their persistent problems at the position.
Is TE Cole Kmet good? Answer remains murky among Bears’ offensive struggles
4. In other news
5. From the podcast
Patrick Finley and Mark Potash talk about the Bears’ quarterback options Sunday before turning their attention to Hall of Fame semifinalist Devin Hester and friend Jeff Dickerson. LISTEN HERE.
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