SJ - September 7, 2021
The Bears announced way too early that Andy Dalton was their QB1. They stuck with that decision even after rookie Justin Fields showed signs that he was ready for the NFL.
They open the season in Los Angeles against the Rams. Rams head coach Sean McVay talked about playing the Bears and seemed to suggest he isn't buying Dalton as their QB1.
McVay has his team preparing to see both quarterbacks on Sunday night.
"I think it would be naive for us not to prepare for them to be able to utilize him in some form or fashion," McVay said of Justin Fields, the rookie signal-caller for whom Bears fans are clamoring to see. "But Andy is a winning quarterback in this league. (He) does a great job. I really have seen a lot of film of Andy, even going back to when Jay Gruden was his (offensive) coordinator at Cincinnati. So, very familiar with what a really good quarterback he is. He does a great job, accurate, anticipation, recognizes the looks defensively, can straighten up protections.
"Andy Dalton's a really good quarterback and he'll be a great challenge. And then you see the ways that Justin (Fields) made a lot of plays going back to his career at Ohio State (and) what he showed in the preseason. So, I think you got to be ready for either or, but it's going to be challenge, for sure."
McVay seems to not only expect to see a Fields package, but quite a bit from him when Dalton struggles. It also sounds to me like he would have given the starting job to the rookie.
Given the Bears track record I don't know that they'll pull the plug on Dalton in Week 1, but stranger things have happened.
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