Chicago Bears rookie vs. veteran, who do we trust?

Christian Welton

With the regular season of the NFL right around the corner, the Chicago Bears are faced with some issues.  After releasing their four-year quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, they are faced with the decision of starting the best QB.  

They have veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, former Eagles QB Nick Foles, and newly drafted rookie Justin Fields from Ohio State University.  

The Bears struggled to decide between Andy Dalton, a QB who has been in the Pro Bowl three times, has thrown for a total of 218 touchdowns and 33,764 yards since 2011, and Justin Fields, a star QB from Ohio State, who in his two years there, threw for a total of 63 touchdowns and 5,373 yards.


Andy Dalton (left) and Justin Fields (right), Photo courtesy of New York Post

Andy Dalton (left) and Justin Fields (right), Photo courtesy of New York Post

During the preseason, which just ended August 28, the Bears won two out of three of their games, only losing to the Buffalo Bills in the second game.  

In the first preseason game, the Bears tested the waters with Justin Fields.  He ended up completing 14 out of 20 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown.  

However, in the second game, they started Andy Dalton.  Dalton completed 11 out of 17 passes for 146 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.  

In the final game of the preseason, the Bears started Nick Foles, who completed 10 out of 13 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns.  However, in the second quarter of the game, Fields played and completed 7 out of 10 passes for 54 yards and one touchdown.  That touchdown play was the last time he was on the field for the preseason.

    After this preseason, the Bears had to make the difficult decision of starting either Andy Dalton or Justin Fields.  To many Bears’ fans surprise, they decided to start Andy Dalton.  Ryan Pace, Bears general manager, made a commented on Field’s performance.

    “We obviously knew about the arm talent, the athleticism, the work ethic, all of those things,” Ryan Pace said. “But when you get him out there in an NFL environment, he stays calm in the moment. I think his heart rate stays low; he processes fast… you see him working through his progressions, which I think is really good to see from a young quarterback.”

    However, Andy Dalton was planning to be the starter before Justin Fields was drafted, and the Bears decided not to deviate from that plan. Pace mentioned the following sentiments towards Dalton and Fields.

    “It starts with how we feel about Andy, and we’re very confident in him and where he’s at,” Pace said. “So there’s no need for us to rush Justin.”


Ryan Pace, Photo courtesy of Chicago Sun-Times

Ryan Pace, Photo courtesy of Chicago Sun-Times

    “It’d be different if we didn’t feel that way. We feel like Andy’s in a good spot, too. We’re confident in Andy…he’s won a lot of games in this league, his decision-making, his intangibles, his leadership, all the things that he’s doing, there’s so many veteran players that have come up to me and have made comments about Andy Dalton and what he’s doing.

“It’s more about Andy right now. We’re excited about Justin. I’m more excited than anybody. But we’re just gonna let this thing play out.”

There are both Bears fans in agreement with Pace’s decision-making and also in disagreement.  However, the season is just approaching, so it will be a matter of time before we can see just how good this decision pans out.  Will Andy be the starting QB Chicago has been looking for, or will we have to rely on the star rookie?