REPORT: Bears Chairman George McCaskey Made the Call to Name Justin Fields the Permanent Starting QB

Remember when Bears owner and chairman George McCaskey said that he doesn’t get involved in football decisions?

Well, if we’re to believe Hub Arkush’s report on 670 The Score’s The Bernstein & Rahimi Show, that is simply not true. And alarming.

According to the station’s long-time football insider, his sources have told him that George McCaskey made the call to name Justin Fields the permanent starter over Andy Dalton leading up to the Raiders game back in Week 5, not Matt Nagy. Nagy was ready to turn back to his plan of sticking with Andy Dalton for the time being, but McCaskey wanted the team’s first-round quarterback under center moving forward.

“Bears chairman George McCaskey directed the Bears coaching staff to name Justin Fields the permanent starting quarterback before the Week 5 game against the Las Vegas Raiders, multiple sources tell Shaw Local’s, Hub Arkush.

It’s unclear how the directive was given to the coaching staff, whether there was a conversation in person between McCaskey and Bears head coach Matt Nagy, or if general manager Ryan Pace was directed to give the instructions to Nagy. The move was against the wishes of Nagy, per multiple sources.”

That excerpt comes from Hub Arkush himself in his report for Shaw Local’s, which you can read in full below.

This development is just another embarrassing chapter in the books of Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace with the Chicago Bears. The Chairman of the Chicago Bears stepping on the desires of his football leadership team and forcing them into starting Justin Fields just a month into the season is probably all the proof we need to confirm that McCaskey has lost all faith in Matt Nagy. Probably GM Ryan Pace as well (seriously, where is he in all this?), making the notion of McCaskey cleaning house after this season even more plausible. We can hope, at least.

That said: even if McCaskey’s determination about Fields was correct, you never really want to see ownership getting involved in football decisions like this. All the more reason to have better football leadership in place, right? This report really doesn’t make ANYONE look good.

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Patrick grew up in Chicago's Bridgeport and Garfield Ridge neighborhoods before moving to the Western Suburbs of Chicago before eventually relocating to the Las Vegas area with his family in 2023. He started with Bleacher Nation in 2021 and has spent time as a Staff Writer and on the Chicago Blackhawks beat. He is currently a writer and editor at Bleacher Nation covering the Chicago Bears and the NFL at large and the author of the Bleacher Nation Newsletter. Patrick is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).

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