When the Chicago Bears failed to trade for Russell Wilson or DeShaun Watson this offseason, and then elected to enter the season with Andy Dalton as their QB1, Bears fans were furious. The QB position has always been a weakness for the Bears, even during their times of Super Bowl contention.
However, when the Bears made a trade up in the 2021 NFL Draft to select Justin Fields with the No. 11 pick, fans were thrilled.
The Bears had their QB of the future, a guy many had as the second-best QB on their board and projected to go as high as No. 3 in the draft.
Fast forward and we are still unsure who will be the Bears' Week 1 starting quarterback, but at this point all indications are it will still be Dalton and not Fields. Cris Collinsworth, the NBC Sunday Night Football commentator, thinks the Bears need to start Fields right away.
It's easy to see both sides of the coin here. Based on the eye test, Fields is already the most talented quarterback to ever put on a Bears uniform. But the eye test doesn't always work when you transition from college to the NFL. Far too many first-round QBs have failed to think that's always the way to do it.
The flip side is that Dalton is at very least a competent and experienced veteran, who even looked great at times last year with the Dallas Cowboys. He could hold down the fort until Fields gets his feet wet some more. He could help be a teacher and mentor to the young signal-caller.
The temptation will be there from day 1 to start Fields, and the fans will be wishing for it too, but whether or not the team decides to go in that direction is a completely different story. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Dalton start out the year, or Fields under center in Week 1. We know there are people that want both, just a matter of what the Bears' coaches see when it's time to get between the lines at training camp.
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