Well, it’s official. The Chicago Bears have named Justin Fields as the starter, for the third and final preseason game anyway. The Tennessee Titans will get an extended look at the man Chicago’s faithful is banking everything on as Andy Dalton, the man they’ll run with for Week 1 of the regular season, sits.
You see, the Bears, as storied and as awe-inspiring as their history can sometimes be, have never had a rich tradition at signal-caller other than a Jim McMahon here or a Sid Luckman there. Meanwhile, their biggest rival, the Green Bay Packers, have fielded Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees over and over again.
Recent history is a reminder of that was Green Bay traded the Brett Favre era for Aaron Rodgers’ run at history.
The Tennessee Titans could care less about who the Bears line up at QB.
There are 32 franchises in the NFL, and though most keep their eyes peeled for what their rivals are doing, no one in the Tennessee Titans organization truly cares about what’s going on in any locker room except their own.
Unless they play the Bears in a Super Bowl, they’ll only see them on their schedule once every four years anyway, but it should still be fun to get a look at Fields. He’s expected to play the first half. Nick Foles will get his shot to play in the second half.
Like the Bears, Tennessee will sit their starting quarterback, Ryan Tannehill for the preseason finale. Their backup quarterback competition has been one of the most intense at camp with both Logan Woodside and Matt Barkley throwing haymakers. If this was boxing, they’d be working on a 12-round draw, so the third preseason game will be immensely important for both of them.
Whoever plays better on Saturday may win the job, and on a roster where the theory is there’s a possibility that only two signal-callers will be carried into the regular season, that’s a big deal.
Tennessee will rest their starters in this one as they’ve done in the first two games. It hasn’t mattered as the reserves have outscored the competition by a 57-6 margin over the course of the first two games.