The Bears could have done a lot worse than Andy Dalton (and have)

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As a friend who lives in Chicago recently remarked, the signing of Andy Dalton by the Bears has gone over like a “wet fart” in the Windy City. Still, the Bears could have done a lot worse than Dalton.

In recent years, they have.

Dalton actually has more wins since entering the league in 2011 than all of Chicago’s quarterbacks, 74 vs. 73. And Dalton has lost only 66 games, while the collective Bears quarterbacks have lost 89.

The Bears have been to the playoffs only twice since 2011. Dalton took the Bengals to the playoffs for five straight years. In 2015, the Bengals were in the mix for the top seed in the AFC until Dalton fractured a thumb while trying to make a tackle following an interception.

And yet for some reason Dalton is widely regarded as some sort of slappy. He’s not. And he ultimately was the best option the Bears had.

There was a report the Bears were interested in Jameis Winston. If they truly were, they easily could have had him for the same $10 million they’re paying Dalton. (Winston’s base package in New Orleans is only $5.5 million.) The Bears also gave Dalton a better contract than Washington gave Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Mitchell Trubisky took a job as a backup in Buffalo. If the Bears had wanted him instead of Dalton, they could have kept the second overall pick in 2017.

The best news for the Bears is that Dalton’s arrival lowers the bar in Chicago, reducing expectations for a team that made the playoffs in 2020. Another playoff appearance with Dalton at the helm will be viewed as a success, which surely will secure the ongoing employment of the G.M. who signed Dalton and the coach who’ll be working with him.

28 responses to “The Bears could have done a lot worse than Andy Dalton (and have)

  1. Sure, he’s ok but us Bear fans know he’s not the long term answer…we just hope the “Management” realizes it too !

  2. There ya have it, the official Chicago Bears 2021 slogan for billboards and to market season tickets: “It Could’ve Been a Lot Worse!” (with accompanying picture of Andy Dalton in Bears uniform)

  3. The Andy Dalton of just 5 years ago would suffice. Unfortunately for the Bears, its 2021, not 2016.

  4. Ya know. I don’t think this is even close as to how a lot of fans are reacting. Dalton has done a lot of good things in the league with less talent. Chicago has some very underrated receivers and they have a good running game. Mix this with the relationship already in place with the OC and Dalton should have a better year then many are expecting or giving credit. I think most people are just mad about the Wilson trade not happening.

  5. What Dalton can’t do is win enough games for Pace and Nagy to continue as employees of the Bears organization which is very good, the downside is having to watch this year.

  6. It’s remarkable to me that people, be it here in Chicago or anywhere else for that matter, could possibly have an opinion on a move by a team well known to have no good options. It’s been said over and over again: this is purgatory. And this is precisely what happens when you are in it.

    We knew this.

  7. That’s not the problem. The problem is Andy Dalton embodies the average nfl quarterback. He is the physical embodiment of mediocre.

    When you add a mediocre QB to an 8-8 team, what do you get? More of the same. Bears fans are sick of it, considering Deshaun Watson should be a Bear right now.

  8. He was pretty good last year w/ the Cowboyz but he was running for his life all the time. Time will tell for the Bears.

  9. Too bad… in that wind, I’m not sure Andy can get the ball
    to the sideline, on a 20 yard out?

  10. The only chance at the playoffs was contingent on this defense being elite. Now you are getting rid of the elite players on defense so you might as well forget playoffs. If hicks is next then they better be ready because i expect mack, goldman, jackson, smith and others to ask to go too.

  11. Either the Bears go 9-7 and earn a 1st round exit, or go 6-10 and the whiole front office and coaches are gone. And you have a pick in the 20s again. Or in the low teens. Either you swing for the fences with Russ or Watson or you truly tank. Dalton is too good or not bad enough to help, either way yer screwed.

  12. Dalton is 36th all time in passing yards and touchdowns. He’s the best QB the Bears have ever had (he’s better than Cutler who he will pass in these stats this year).

  13. While it’s frustrating that the pass/run game has been out of whack under Nagy, he’s a good head coach.

    If he can win with Trubisky, he can definitely with with Dalton. Mitch has missed wide-open receivers throughout his career.

  14. Dalton’s year with the Cowboys shouldn’t be the measuring stick for his abilities. The Cowboys were a disfuntional team that quit on their feet.They were still moving but no longer trying.Blaming Dalton for their general lack of effort is rediculous. This lack of team cohesion has been evident for years. Expecting a backup QB to fix it on the fly is not reasonable. The problem is systemic.

  15. “The best news for the Bears is that Dalton’s arrival lowers the bar in Chicago”…

    Gee, get excited Bears fans…

  16. If he’s half as awesome as Dalton from Roadhouse, the Bears will be just fine.
    #ripswayze

  17. Yes, we agree. They could have traded big draft picks for Defraud Watson and all his mess. That would be much worse!

  18. Everyone wants to blame Mitch Trubisky for the Bears’ problems but if look at Trubisky stats, the play calling, and the game planning of Head Coach Matt Nagy you will realize that Trubisky was not the problem. Trubisky really had no way to be successful in Nagy’s offense. Nagy and Pace should have been the first HC/GM fired in the offseason but the Owners put the blame on the young QB. Had the Bears brought in the Bills’ OC as HC they would have seen Trubisky grow as a QB!

  19. He was signed to try and save jobs, not to make a competitive team that can challenge to win in the playoffs. Bears fans know the difference. 7 or 8 wins is meaningless if it’s not building towards anything. Even bad teams have hope – we don’t have any of that in Chicago because the same people are in charge who are clueless and are just flailing around hoping to be there one more year.

  20. If we’re assessing Dalton based on his achievements 5 years ago, why not assess Foles based on his achievements 3 years ago?

  21. azbearsfan35 says:
    March 19, 2021 at 10:55 am
    Ya know. I don’t think this is even close as to how a lot of fans are reacting. Dalton has done a lot of good things in the league with less talent. Chicago has some very underrated receivers and they have a good running game. Mix this with the relationship already in place with the OC and Dalton should have a better year then many are expecting or giving credit. I think most people are just mad about the Wilson trade not happening.
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    It is. If you’re in Arizona, you’re not seeing it. Chicago sports radio has been hammering Pace and the Bears over this, and I haven’t talked or heard a Bears’ fan that is happy with the move. Even without the slim possibility of a Wilson trade, this move stands out to the vast majority here as another Pace debacle.

  22. The only time Trubisky’s stats were good were when he played the bottom of the barrel defenses. Fans continued to get suckered into thinking he’s good because of it. He’s not.

  23. I don’t understand what the Bears strategy here is, they signed an aging veteran with diminishing skills (and I am an Andy Dalton fan) to a one year contract. I think it would have been wiser to pony up a better offer than the Colts gave for Wentz. The situation in Philly was disfunctional and I think post Dalton signing and Wentz trade everyone looks at the Colts situation as more positive than the Bears going into next year. The Bears have the 20th overall pick, so they can’t get a top flight QB in this years draft. Why not give up this years next year pick plus their 3rd rounder next year, that could turn into either a 2nd if Wentz was good or a 4th if he was horrible – while including Foles in the deal back to Philly, thereby shedding his salary.

    If Wentz just had a horrible situation last year and comes back strong in 2021 then you have you QB situation all set for the near future, if on the other hand he is horrible then you have a new leadership team with a new GM and possibly coach, plus a much better drafting slot to seek out a young QB in the 2022 draft and you keep your 2nd and 3rd round picks next year as the 3rd would convert to a 4th. I think the Bears slapped a bandaide onto a death cut and are now just bleeding out.

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