Justin Fields: It’s disrespectful for fans to chant my name when Andy Dalton is playing

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Chicago fans are making their voices heard that they want Justin Fields to be the Bears’ starting quarterback, but as long as Andy Dalton has the job, Fields hopes Dalton has the fans’ support too.

Fields said he was uncomfortable with hearing fans cheer his name while Dalton was still on the field with the starting offense during Saturday’s preseason game.

“I noticed it, of course. The fans are awesome, but they also have to realize Andy is a human being too,” Fields said. “Andy is out there on the field right now, so I really think it’s kind of disrespectful to Andy, them cheering my name like that. They have to trust in coach to make sure he’s making the right decisions and cheer Andy on. That’s not helping Andy play better, them cheering my name. That’s not doing that. So I would say my advice to them would be just cheer for who’s out there playing on the field.”

Fields is being a good teammate with his comments, but the reality is Dalton isn’t going to be a popular man in Chicago this year. The fans want to see Fields, and as long as Dalton is on the field, he’ll be seen as the reason the fans aren’t getting what they want.

58 responses to “Justin Fields: It’s disrespectful for fans to chant my name when Andy Dalton is playing

  1. Piece of friendly advice Justin, don’t try to tell a huge group of fans frothing at the mouth on game day. Who are actually there to CHEER your team what to do or criticize their behavior all you are going to do is draw their wrath. Thank them for their enthusiasm and you hold them dear to your heart, but your supporting him cause coach said he’s our leader. Even if you completely feel otherwise and want to say he’ll yeah I want in. Play the crowd right it will be your friend when times are good and will cut you a little slack when times are bad. So embrace them, dont criticize it’s a no win situate for you if you do.

  2. It’s disrespectful how you call yourself a QB who can’t complete 90% of the passing tree and read blitz pick ups.
    Just keep chucking bomb left since that’s all you can complete and oh checkdowns.
    Just hold the ball longer don’t worry pro dbs get tired and give up like college kids.

  3. Bears fans were just bitter because trubisky lit it up, was the best qb for the day by far.

  4. Don’t worry, Justin. There’s plenty more chanting to come. Just not the kind you’re expecting.

  5. I know I’m crazy but it seems like the young man has the right mentality. I’m rooting for him whenever it’s his time and beforehand.

  6. Dalton was an okay quarterback for a while but he’s washed. He will be benched this year, the only question is when.

  7. With amount of talking Fields has done so far, he needs to be solid or its going to get awkward. With their rancid OL it’s going to be difficult.

    NO 1st rounder but still need to throw draft and free agent #s numbers at the OL in the 2022 offseason. Keep doing it till its fixed.

  8. LOL when I see such terrible advice like the first comment and it’s universally downvoted, I wonder if those people ever come back and realize “my opinion must be terrible if that many people downvoted it”. Who am I kidding, of course they don’t.

  9. egomaniac247 says:
    August 22, 2021 at 5:02 pm
    LOL when I see such terrible advice like the first comment and it’s universally downvoted, I wonder if those people ever come back and realize “my opinion must be terrible if that many people downvoted it”. Who am I kidding, of course they don’t.
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    Why do people continue to feed these trolls? Don’t upvote or downvote the obvious ones. Just ignore them. For example, see the comment directly after yours. LOL

  10. Slow the ego down, young man. You have a lot to learn about being an NFL quarterback. Your off field behaviour and work ethic is as important as what you do on the field. Walk softly and vary a big stick.

  11. Young pro, but a very wise sentiment. Chicago present is Dalton, but franchise appears to have classy new leader after Dalton surrenders the reigns.

  12. I love Fields. If I wasn’t a gm and my job wasnt on the line he would have been my top qb. Kid just seems to get it and he seems work his butt off. I have high hope for him in Chicago. Not a huge fan of the coaches there but I think they could make it work and having him sit behind Dalton for 4 to 6 weeks I think is the perfect plan. Don’t sleep on the bears and fields making
    the playoffs.

  13. I believe Dalton will make many Bears fans eat crow. You are providing him plenty of motivation. Its nice Fields stuck up for him, but Daltons been around, I’m sure he knows how to handle his business. He is a good QB, will win games till Fields is ready. Coach makes that decision.

  14. knightwanderer
    Aug 22, 2021, 12:14 PM PDT

    Piece of friendly advice Justin, don’t try to tell a huge group of fans frothing at the mouth on game day. Who are actually there to CHEER your team what to do or criticize their behavior all you are going to do is draw their wrath. Thank them for their enthusiasm and you hold them dear to your heart, but your supporting him cause coach said he’s our leader. Even if you completely feel otherwise and want to say he’ll yeah I want in. Play the crowd right it will be your friend when times are good and will cut you a little slack when times are bad. So embrace them, dont criticize it’s a no win situate for you if you do.

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    Piece of friendly advice, knightwanderer. Proofread.

  15. As the saying goes, quite often the backup quarterback is the most popular guy on the team. At least until he starts actually having to play.

    I do think it’s cool that Fields is supporting his teammate. But I imagine that Dalton having been a pro for a long while has developed pretty thick skin.

  16. This first comment on this thread is awful. You want a player to cater to the fans instead of his teammates? You ever played sports? That stuff will not fly in the locker room. Me first attitudes are the first to go. Well, unless your as talented as Aaron Rodgers.

  17. Chicago is where QB’s go to die. It’s been Da Bears sore thumb for decades,… the exception was McMahon.

  18. I really respect his attitude. Fans are sometimes real idiots. Your loyalty lies in that locker room. I believe he gets it. Classy by all means so far.

  19. I’m amazed at the snowflakes who think Dalton can steal 9 million dollars and the peasants may not make him feel bad when he sucks.

  20. AJM says:
    August 22, 2021 at 3:53 pm
    Rooting for Andy and the Bears week 1. Go beat them Rams!
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    There is roughly a 1% chance of that happening.

  21. Look at his stats vs Northwestern in the big 10 title game and you already know this guy will be an epic bust. Amazing bears fans in Chicago don’t remember a game played against a Chicago team and see how pathetic he looked.

  22. Andy is a good guy. Doubt it works out for in Chi town but he is a good guy. Root for him.

  23. Dalton is such a nice guy. Good Christian, husband and father, never comes across as a jerk, donates a crazy amount of time and money to charity, and plays solid football. I’ve never seen that type of guy get this amount of disrespect for his entire career. It’s sad, tbh. He’ll never be an elite QB on the field, but he’s good enough that he shouldn’t get this level of disrespect.

  24. Fans don’t care today, just look at all the fights in the stands and it’s only pre-season, fans are outta their freakin’ minds fighting over a football game, this country has gone totally nuts in the late year!

  25. NinersFan1973 says:
    August 22, 2021 at 7:26 pm
    Not a Bears fan, but I really hope Fields is as good as people think he is.
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    I’m a die hard Ohio State fan and I wouldn’t give a wooden nickle for Fields at the NFL level! The NFL limits these running QBs because unless a QB runs a sub 4.4 40yd dash they aren’t outrunning NFL OL and DBs so thei game is cut in half!

    These rookie QBs have never played against a team where 11 defensive players made the NFL, but once they’re in the NFL every player they’ll face has made it, this is a totally different animal than college and it’ not even close! People claim it’s the next level, it’s not it’s like 5 levels above college ball and that’s why nearly 70% of all 1st round QBs since 2000 have been busts.

  26. kyzmyn2 says:
    August 22, 2021 at 3:40 pm
    Bears fans were just bitter because trubisky lit it up, was the best qb for the day by far.
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    If Trubisky would have played anywhere close to what he played aginst a 2nd & 3rd string Bears D he’d still have been the starter in Chicago! The problem is in the regular season these QBs don’t face those super soft defenses that they do in the pre-season.

    Browns 2017 pre-season 4-0, Browns 2017 regular season 0-16, pre-season means absolutely NOTHING!

    OH and those stats don’t count towards those QBs career numbers, they don’t mean a thing!

  27. To be fair, it’s disrespectful for fans to have to watch Andy Dalton play QB. Fans in Chicago have waited on a QB arguably since the pre-Super Bowl era. Asking them to stay silent so Dalton can get a peaceful start isn’t fair to them.

  28. One has to appreciate the rare leadership sense necessary for a rookie to speak up like that for a vet. It’s almost over the top but in football you need guys who don’t care. Kudos to Fields.

  29. Daulton is fragile, he got offended when JJ Watt called him a red rider BB gun. Fields did the right thing knowing Daulton can’t handle this.

  30. Classy of him to say this. It’s the only right answer. However, fans are there to tell you how they feel. Play well, and they will cheer. Play poorly, and they will cheer because they love the team. However, consistently field a subpar offense for 4 straight years with a coach who has shown no improvement and a roster that is regressing from talent loss rather than building on past success, and you will get booed and the fans will demand the only thing on the team that excites them. Fields is the only reason to tune in to Bears games this year. That defense just got waxed by Trubisky. That offensive line looks is a hot mess both on paper and on the field. While I agree that the kid should support his teammate, I also agree with the fans who are telling that family in the owner’s box that they are sick of watching this crap and demand something better.

  31. “ They have to trust in coach to make sure he’s making the right decisions”
    LOL

  32. “Bears fans were just bitter because trubisky lit it up, was the best qb for the day by far.”
    __________

    Any fan who has paid attention to the offense under Nagy should probably have seen this coming. Show me an offense that looks equally bad no matter who the QB is and it’s not terribly hard to find the common denominator.

  33. Like all those OSU QBs before him; this Buckeye won’t find success in the pros either.

  34. This is a big nothing burger that will get blown out of proportion. It’s obvious why the fans did it, it has nothing to do with disrespecting Dalton, they just want to see their highly drafted rookie QB, like every fanbase before and since that picks a QB in the first round. And he answered a direct question about it in a manner that was respectful to his teammates and coach.

    Not sure how this could have played out differently given that both QBs were asked about it. Its a preseason game, the fans’ reaction to this August scrimmage isn’t going to be remembered by either QB when they hang up their cleats. No big deal, move on.

  35. Fields is correct. Instead of chanting this name the crowd should be chanting “Fire Nagy”

  36. @ stevecunningham….If I recall trubisky was playing against the bears starting defence.

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