Andy Dalton: It’s a long season, the whole NFC North is in the same position

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The Bears were handled pretty easily by the Rams in Sunday night’s 34-14 loss and quarterback Andy Dalton didn’t do much to push back at those who think Justin Fields should be the team’s starters, but he did find a little silver lining to the outcome.

Sunday afternoon saw the Packers, Vikings, and Lions all lose before the Bears took the field and Dalton took note of that after the game while speaking to reporters.

“It’s a long season,” Dalton said, via SI.com. “I think everybody understands that. And I think if you look at the way the division shook out today we’re still in the same position.”

Fields saw action on five snaps Sunday night and ran for a touchdown while also completing both passes he tried for 10 yards. That small sample size isn’t necessarily a sign that he’s ready for the top job, but an overall lack offensive explosiveness in a lopsided loss doesn’t argue against it either.

More of the same against the Bengals in Week Two will likely lead to more grumbling about the quarterback call regardless of what happens elsewhere in the NFC North.

27 responses to “Andy Dalton: It’s a long season, the whole NFC North is in the same position

  1. Bears should roll the dice and start Fields the rest of the season. Dalton is nothing more than a backup now.

  2. Must be strange for Dalton. He spent years playing for the Bengals; now he plays for another version of the Bengals, but in a division full of Bengals doppelgangers. Is the situation a lemon or lemonade? Thats up to Dalton lol.

  3. How many sacks did Khalil Mack have?

    *Checks notes*

    Zero.

    Some things never change.

    He’ll dominate a game then he disappears for 3.

  4. He’s right, it’s going to be a long season. At this point I think our best bet is to start Fields at safety, he can’t be any worse than Eddie Jackson

  5. I think they want to make sure the O-line isn’t trash before sending Fields out permanently. And predictably, Jason Peters lasted less than a half.

  6. Dalton vs. Fields is just chatter detracting from the real headline, which is that the Bears defense is horrific. Desai was a terrible hire but likely the only one that would take the gig with the Bears hopefully blowing everything up this coming offseason and rebuilding around Fields & Montgomery. There are a lot of overpaid veterans on the defense who don’t look like they really want to play this year and that falls on the coaches.

  7. Dalton wasn’t the problem. I think you stick with Dalton until at least the middle of the year. They aren’t winning anything with that defense, might as well develop fields slowly and let the new GM and HC have a high pick next year.

  8. start Fields at Strong Safety. teh areas where the Bears are terrible is just about everywhere on defense. Dalton was at least OK on 3 good drives.

  9. Bears really could’ve used Kyle Fuller last night. That cap casualty was just inexcusable. Yet they keep Jimmy Graham around for $10 million?

    The 2021 Bears will be a pesky 7 or 8 win team and not at all interesting until Fields starts.

  10. 50DrunksInABar says:
    September 13, 2021 at 11:11 am
    I think they want to make sure the O-line isn’t trash before sending Fields out permanently. And predictably, Jason Peters lasted less than a half.

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    I couldn’t believe Jason Peters found a starting job after how cooked he’s looked the last 2 years. When he isn’t injured going into the game he rarely finishes them as well.

    The man had a HOF career and it is very sad watching him play these days.

  11. tiredofcowards says:
    September 13, 2021 at 11:35 am
    From what I saw yesterday, Bears need a coach who knows just a little bit about football.
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    For as much as Nagy thinks he’s Andy Reid, the Bears sure do dink and dunk a lot

  12. The Bears are in deep trouble: Pace has made so many mistakes in paying guys and putting the roster together . Mack, Goldman, Jackson to mention a few. Nagy is more interested in spewing B.S. at the fans and media. The Mckaskey’s should be ready for making changes …Now. They got lucky to get Fields. So lets get a coach that can make him great.

  13. If it’s any consolation, the Bears would have had a chance if they didn’t give up 2 TD’s due to broken coverage. If we can get the secondary fixed, I think we have a chance even with Dalton playing.

  14. No, the teams are not in the same position. Packers, Bears, and Lions all lost to better teams. The Vikings lost to one of the worst teams the AFC has to offer. Mike Zimmer’s been fired, he and the Wilfs just haven’t realized it yet.

  15. jm91rs says:
    September 13, 2021 at 11:36 am
    Dalton wasn’t the problem. I think you stick with Dalton until at least the middle of the year. They aren’t winning anything with that defense, might as well develop fields slowly and let the new GM and HC have a high pick next year.
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    He sure didn’t help. Fumble- check, interception-check, no TD passes- check…

  16. In that division only the Lions have no pressure given they have a new coach and low expectations. All the other teams would see missing the playoffs as a big problem which could get people fired. You could see meltdowns with the Bears, Packers or Vikings. Maybe even all of them.

  17. Dalton is a game-manager QB, not a game-changer. There are only about 5-8 true game-changing QB’s playing right now. Cousins is the best game-manager in the NFL and is compensated accordingly. There’s nothing wrong with that. He would be tolerable if it weren’t for his apple-polishing, brown-nose Casper Milquetoast personality.

  18. MNGoon says:
    September 13, 2021 at 12:55 pm
    No, the teams are not in the same position. Packers, Bears, and Lions all lost to better teams. The Vikings lost to one of the worst teams the AFC has to offer. Mike Zimmer’s been fired, he and the Wilfs just haven’t realized it yet.
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    Yes, because past seassons records dictate how the team will play the following year…what are you,12?

    At least Minnesota and the Lions didn’t roll over and play dead like GB did. They lost by FIVE touchdowns to a Jameis Winston led team, FIVE!!

    I’m not sure why any packers fans are on here running their yaps, but here we are. Worst fanbase in the NFL.

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