Chicago Bears’ fans and starting quarterback Andy Dalton haven’t exactly had the best relationship heading into the 2021 season.
After trading up in the 2021 draft to select first-round QB Justin Fields, Bears fans were overwhelmingly excited to have the rookie talent as their QB1. Through an impressive preseason for the former Ohio State standout, that excitement around Chicago only began to grow.
So when head coach Matt Nagy named Dalton as the team’s starter, you can imagine the disappointment around Bears nation. Chicago fans have openly called out this decision, even booing the veteran QB throughout the preseason.
Despite this clearly contentious relationship, Dalton said he hopes Bears’ fans are out in full force for this weekend’s home-opener.
The three-time Pro Bowler said he expects “a lot of excited fans to be at Soldier Field” and that “Hopefully they’ll be loud.”
Bears QB Andy Dalton says he expects “a lot of excited fans to be at Soldier Field… Hopefully they’ll be loud.”
They were kinda loud in the preseason.
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) September 15, 2021
In the Bears’ season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Dalton threw 27/38 for 206 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Fields came into the game late, throwing 2/2 for 10 yards and rushing for a touchdown.
After his most recent performance, it’s hard to imagine Dalton will receive a warm welcome from the home fans in Soldier Field.
The Bears’ Week 2 matchup against Dalton’s former Bengals team will kickoff on Sunday afternoon.