What did Andy Dalton see “wrong” in Justin Fields’ throwing motion?

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Bears quarterback Justin Fields recently praised QB1 (for now) Andy Dalton for taking the rookie under his wing. But one this Fields said raises eyebrows.

“I think there was one day after OTAs, I was throwing extra after practice, and he stayed out there specifically just to see maybe what I was doing wrong and he was just trying to help me out,” Fields said.

So Fields was throwing. And Dalton noticed something Field was doing wrong.

This dovetails with concerns about Fields’ throwing motion, concerns to which analysts like NBC’s Chris Simms have alluded. And it was Simms who pointed out to me the telling admission in Fields’ comments.

Look at the attached photo. The elbow sticks up high in the air as the arm cocks. Plenty of photos of Fields show his arm in that position.

It ultimately may mean nothing. He still gets the ball out quickly enough. But with a smoother and more efficient throwing motion, he could get it out even faster. Also, the unusual throwing motion can affect his accuracy.

Maybe that’s what Dalton saw. Maybe it was something else. Whatever it was, it was enough for Dalton to mention it to Fields.

15 responses to “What did Andy Dalton see “wrong” in Justin Fields’ throwing motion?

  1. Most fans wouldn’t think so, but it’s a big deal. A little unnecessary twist like that can lead to elbow problems long-term and the little bit of extra time it takes can mean a lot to defenders jumping on passes, especially on young guys learning to read NFL defenses.

  2. Incoming comments ripping Dalton, as if he’s not just helping a teammate. As if these concerns aren’t legit.

  3. Ah yes, vaunted trainer, developer, coach and expert analyst of NFL quarterbacks, Chris Simms.

  4. I know Bear fans want Fields to start right away but that would a huge mistake. He has talent but is not ready. The Ohio State offense is a long way from a NFL offense and rushing him could ruin him. He’s a better prospect than Haskins was but playing him right away could easily lead to similar results. It is much better for a QB to play a little later than their ready for than sooner than their ready for. The Bears haven’t had a great QB in several decades so I hope they don’t get impatient and wait until he takes the job instead of just giving it to him.

  5. Dalton has 1 TD and 6 picks in 158 playoff passes. He should teach nothing to anyone.

  6. The vast and overwhelming majority of these guys are not ready to start at QB as rookies. Bottomline. You start them too soon and break them before their career even begins. The Lions have made this mistake a few times just during my 50 years. Ware and Harrington immediately spring to mind.

  7. That pic doesn’t worry me as much about how fast HE can get the ball out… it’s how easily an edge rusher could get the ball out.

  8. All of these comments from former HOF QB’s I assume. Oh No? Just from people that watch games on TV? I’m shocked

  9. Dalton has one of the quickest releases in the league due to his mechanics. Fields is smart to listen to what he has to say.

  10. I think the kid is smart to absord any wisdom that Dalton or Foles wants to impart as well. Their experience is invaluable. But about his mechanics, I think this stuff is a bit overblown. Look at Randall Cunningham’s elongated throwing motion. Never negatively affected him.

  11. think the kid is smart to absord any wisdom that Dalton or Foles wants to impart as well. Their experience is invaluable. But about his mechanics, I think this stuff is a bit overblown. Look at Randall Cunningham’s elongated throwing motion. Never negatively affected him.
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    Ever think of why? Because in those days there weren’t pass rushers like there are today and back then 2 out of 3 downs weren’t passes so those QB’s had an extra 1 to 1.5sec to get the ball out simply because it was a lot more of a run oriented game, not so today!

  12. Dalton was right and I’m sure the OC and the QB coach has and will work with Fields on all objectives of his game, footwork, throwing platforms, release points, and throwing angles. If anyone watched Justin Field’s game tape they will see the beautiful arch on his deep passing game and on the tight window throws you will see a lower point of delivery. In today’s game, the QB’s release has to be flexible with multiple throwing angles.

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