Andy Dalton Is Living in Fantasy World Regarding Competition With Justin Fields

Andy Dalton expects to start in Chicago.
Andy Dalton expects to start in Chicago. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Training camp is getting underway and the Chicago Bears QB1 isn’t worried about the guy that is going to push him for his job. 

That’s right, Andy Dalton knows he’s the starter. 

“He’s a first-round pick, I understand that,” Dalton said of Justin Fields. “But I also understand that I’m the starter. I understand that. I knew I signed a one-year deal. I knew that I was going to come in and I was going to be the starter, regardless of the situation, coming in. That’s my focus. I’m not worried about all the stuff that’s going to be going on with Justin because that doesn’t affect me.”

Listen, if Dalton is that confident that he’s automatically going to be the starter, that’s great. I just don’t know why he isn’t worried about the guy who is expected to take his job at some point this season. 

Fields is the only Bears quarterback on WynnBET’s odds to lead the league in passing coming in at +15000, but he is second on the odds list to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2021 at +525. 

You can’t win Rookie of the Year without playing, and Vegas clearly expects Fields to get a chance to in 2021. 

I know Matt Nagy has been supporting Dalton as the starter since the team signed him, but can we really expect him to hold off Fields if the rookie is as good as advertised? 

Dalton was 4-5 with the Dallas Cowboys last season as the starter, and he wasn’t even good enough to lead them to a division title in the NFC East where Washington won the division with a 7-9 record. 

Let’s not act like Andy Dalton is something he isn’t. He’s a borderline starter/solid backup at this point in his career. For him to think that he’s going to be the starter because he was promised it when he was signed is foolish. 

The Bears were so confident in Dalton, they traded up to draft Fields. If Chicago wants to win this season and beyond, it is going to quickly find out that letting Fields learn and grow is the best way to do so. 

At least Andy Dalton will always have this tweet.

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