Dalton_Andy 2021

Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during training camp at Halas Hall on Aug. 10.

Now before all you fellow Bears fans start criticizing me for this take, let me make my case.

I know how frustrating the Bears have been for the last few years. Whether it was Mitch Trubisky underperforming, or ugly playoff losses, there is no excuse for a team to coast on mediocrity.

Last year, the Bears finished a forgettable 8-8 season with Nick Foles and Trubisky taking charge throughout.

Do not get me started with Matt Nagy’s play calling as well, which had to be replaced with Bill Lazor late in the season. The frustration was endless, so the front office decided to do what it does best:

Fire and let go contributing players.

Now, Andy Dalton was not what most Bears fans had in mind after Chicago parted ways with Trubisky. When I first read that headline, I was waiting for the agony of a season that lay ahead with no hope. Then the draft came along and changed all of that.

Ohio State product Justin Fields was taken with the 11th pick of the 2021 NFL draft to the delight of many Chicagoans.

I loved this pick because Fields is a great dual threat quarterback, which is becoming the trend of the “new wave” quarterback.

Everyone wants to see Fields start after he showed flashes of greatness during the Bears' first preseason game. Fields threw 12-20 for 142 Yards with one touchdown, which came with fans chanting for Fields to start over Dalton.

I would say hold on Bears fans because Fields is not quite ready for the NFL level just yet.

In his second preseason game, Fields went 9-19 with 80 throwing yards and rushed for 46 with a quarterback rating of 59.1; not the best performance.

To me, this shows that he needs to see more snaps at the NFL level, and he will get plenty of opportunities this season. Instead, it is smart to start Dalton at the beginning of the season because he can be that veteran presence for Fields.

It gives a chance for Fields to learn under a guy who has been a starter at the NFL level for many years. This can be priceless for a rookie.

Another reason to start Dalton is the abrasive fact that he will be taking all the sacks under center while the Bears figure out if they have a real offensive line or not.

It is not worth it to find that out on your new, highly sought-after draft prospect. It does not help anyone if Fields starts and gets demolished week one by the Rams' defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Patience is key Bears fans, we’ll see how well this article ages.

NICK CARTA is a blogger for The Vidette. He can be contacted at nfcarta@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @NickCartaISU

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