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3 Things We Heard From the Chicago Bears, Including Alleged Plans to Start Andy Dalton on Injured Justin Fields on Thanksgiving

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy and his players spoke to the media at Halas Hall on Monday after they had only 72 hours to prepare for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

The quick turnaround demanded that they quickly move on from Sunday’s brutal 16-13 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens.

Here are three things we heard from Nagy and the players as they regrouped.

1. As Justin Fields deals with injured ribs, the turnaround is too early for him to start against the Lions.

Negi on Sunday did not provide an update on the ribs he injured in the third trimester, although several reports – including an Instagram video of Fields – said that initial tests showed his ribs were broken, but not broken. are not. Fields also reportedly had his spleen examined, but Negi said the injury was only to Fields’ ribs.

NFL Network reported Monday Night After a day’s trial on Fields’ injury, the Bears determined they would start Andy Dalton instead of Fields on Thursday.

Negi said Bears was evaluating Fields’ pain level and weighing it against Fields’ desire to pursue development with more reps. He added that the Bears may have to “protect themselves from him” when deciding whether Fields can play and not put him at risk of making the issue worse.

“He’s a tough guy, so when you go through these kinds of things, our trainer Andre (Tucker) should be able to figure out where he is,” Nagy said. “With it being ribs, we just need to be able to evaluate, well, the pain and the simplicity of breathing and sleeping — things we only take for granted — to throw a football.”

The Bears held a walk-through on Monday and did not practice, but he speculated on his injury report that Fields may not have attended. He also speculated that defensive lineman Akim Hicks (ankle), wide receiver Alan Robinson (hamstring), cornerback Duke Shelley (hamstring) and running back Damien Williams (calf) would not have practiced. Safety Eddie Jackson (hamstrings) and wide receiver Darnell Mooney (legs) would have been limited.

2. Tight end Cole Kemet said that Bears players would work on their own time with Andy Dalton while also getting enough rest to play a game on a few days.

Dalton, who entered the second half on Sunday after Fields was injured and threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns, will make his first start since Week 2.

“I prepare like I’ve prepared this whole year,” Dalton said Sunday night. “So if I’m starting out, I’ll be ready to go.”

Dalton practiced with aggressive starters in training camp, but didn’t do much with them over the past few months, as he injured his left knee in the second game of the season and then lost his job from Fields.

Kemet said players need to adapt themselves to play with different types of quarterbacks.

“It’s something I’ve been using for the past year and a half. I’ve had a lot of rotation at quarterback,” Kemet said. “So it’s something that you have to be able to adapt and take care of.

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“You’ve got to know when Andy is in, how he’s throwing the ball, it’s different from Justin’s throwing. In those situations you have to keep a few things in mind – how do they get rid of the ball, what are they looking at? Huh.”

3. Bears defensive players are not interested in ‘rah-rah speeches’.

Cornerback Jaylon Johnson was asked on Monday if anyone addressed the locker room after the defense gave up a winning scoring drive in the fourth quarter for the second game in a row.

“To be honest, how many matches have we lost in a row? Yeah, nothing to talk about,” Johnson said. “We’re not going to beat a dead horse. Like I said, we’re all men. Coming here and saying, ‘We have to find a way,’ for me.” , this is BS.

“Nothing to come here and talk and keep talking about all these rah-rah speeches. We have five weeks of rah-rah speeches. I don’t think talking is something we need to do Is.”

Johnson’s shut-up-and-do-your-job message was echoed by inside linebacker Rokwan Smith, who said it was about each player holding themselves accountable. Of course Johnson, who said he was thrown in all the game at once, and Smith, who had 17 tackles, had fewer errors to check than the others, especially on the Ravens’ late touchdown drive. .

Nagy called a defensive lapse, which caused Tyler Huntley’s 29-yard pass to take Sammy Watkins to third and -12 “a communication breakdown” and indicated that cornerback Kindle Wildor should have followed Watkins.

Defensive backs Wildor, Maraki Christian and Tashaun Gipson all moved to the middle of the field as Watkins opened the right edge. The Bears blocked the touchdown only because Deion Bush accused Watkins of slamming Watkins across the field to the 3-yard line. The Ravens scored on the next play.

“They were in a little bunch set, and we had a loss of communication with the guy coverage we were in,” Nagy said. “We have our own little rules, and they have communication tools that they use within the bunch set, so there are some details that go into that.

“It seems like it’s all of us, yes, it’s on Kindle. But they have their own rules for communicating and who has that to do with how to defend a group set.”

Johnson said he told Wildor and other players to raise their heads after the collapse, and he said the focus this week should be on finishing the game.

“We need to change — the defensive backs,” Johnson said. “At the end of the day, we just have to get better. Whatever it is, if it is communication, if it is execution, if it is lack of focus, whatever it is in that moment, we have to lock in and just execute. A conscious effort has to be made to do so.

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