Jun 16, 2021 5 min read

'Andy Dalton is our starter'

'Andy Dalton is our starter'

Good morning, frents!

After watching Kevin Durant's unreal performance last night, it got me to thinking it'd be nice if the Bulls had a KD of their own.

And no, Kornel David and Kris Dunn did not count.

Tuesday's results
Sox 3, Rays 0
Mets 3, Cubs 2
Sky 105, Lynx 89

Today's schedule
Cubs at Mets (6:10, Marquee)
Rays at Sox (1:10, NBCSCH)

Just a little patience

(USA Today Sports)

Everyone put your pants back on!

Matt Nagy spent part of his Tuesday splashing cold water on anyone with visions of Justin Fields starting against the Rams in Week 1.

"Andy Dalton is our starter," Nagy said.

But this being the Bears, Nagy made the proclamation in the most confusing fashion possible while leaving open a few holes big enough for David Montgomery to salivate over.

Try to follow me here:

  1. Nagy went on Cris Collinsworth's podcast and was asked if there was a scenario where Fields could be the Week 1 starter. "No, Andy is our starter," said Nagy before adding that he "can't predict anything" and that "so many things can happen" before Week 1. He then threw some qualifying talk about not being able to predict injuries.
  2. ESPN 1000's Marc Silverman called into Nagy's press conference on Tuesday and first asked if the organization had promised Dalton the Week 1 starting job. Nagy said no promises had been made, but that Dalton was the starter. He added that all three quarterbacks were still "competing." Competing for what? He didn't say!
  3. Silvy followed up and asked if Fields could do anything to win the job this summer. “Whether it’s clarification that he can’t win it, yes,” Nagy said. “Andy Dalton is our starter ... but Rex is our quarterback.” (OK, he didn't actually say that last part.)
  4. Nagy then talked his way around a few more circles before all was said and done and, well, you should probably just watch the video to get a true feel for how weird it was. The exchange starts around the 16:20 mark.

I think it's clear that the Bears brain trust has a succession plan in mind and that they will stick with it as long as Dalton's onfield results allow.

The only surprising thing about Tuesday's headlines to me is that the Bears headed us off at the pass before the Fourth of July.

And judging from the way this story unfolded, Nagy seems like he knows he's in a strange spot.

Everyone is excited for the Fields era and open to the possibility that he might be a better option for the team from the get-go.

Nagy, meanwhile, might not believe Fields is game ready, but he's unwilling to crush anyone's dreams by actually saying so.

"We all get excited about Justin Fields," Nagy admitted. "We’d all be lying if we said something different. With that said, we’re excited about Andy Dalton too. And we know that if we stick to this plan that we have, that everything is going to be just fine.”

Two things here:

  1. No one is excited about Andy Dalton. Coaches might not mind having him around, much like people enjoy the convenience and consistency of a minivan. But no one is ever really excited to bring home a minivan, particularly if it's being driven by Andy Dalton.
  2. It will probably also just be fine.

Look, we can point at Kyler Murray and Justin Herbert's performances in their first seasons and think Fields can do the same thing.

But the reality is that the teams of both quarterbacks I mentioned are still on long roads to the top, just as Fields and the Bears will be whenever he gets his first start. Whether Fields starts Week 1, Week 5 or not at all, I'm probably not breaking any hearts here by saying the Bears won't win the Super Bowl next February.

And yet I also recognize that patience has never been our strong suit.

But whether or not Nagy can tell us clearly, it'll have to be.

At least a little while longer.

Trivia

Name the quarterback who started Week 1 of Rex Grossman's first year with the Bears in 2003.

News and results


Eddie Goldman a no-show at minicamp

The nose tackle opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID concerns and now won't be at the mandatory minicamp. Nagy says Goldman will be "rocking and rolling" by training camp though. That's all we can hope for considering that Goldman's return is basically found money for that side of the ball.

Sox 3, Rays 0: Keuchel stands tall

Don't worry. Sox pitching got much better after Patrick Williams unleashed his first pitch. Dallas Keuchel allowed just four hits and one walk in seven clean frames while Aaron Bummer and Liam Hendriks preserved the shutout.

  • Adam Engel homered off Shane McClanahan as the Sox moved to 17-4 against left-handed starters.
  • The day started with bad news: Nick Madrigal will have surgery on his torn hamstring and is out until 2022.

Next: Lucas Giolito (5-5, 3.81) faces a Rays bullpen day in the rubber match this afternoon.

Mets 3, Cubs 2: Making bad decisions

Despite striking out 12 times against Mets starter Taijuan Walker, the Cubs still had a chance to tie or win this one late. Alas, third-base coach Willie Harris summoned the name of the late Wendell Kim into the Twitterverse, sending Jake Marisnick on an ill-fated trip home with just one out.

Man, he almost made it, too.

  • It's like clockwork at this point. Javy Baez returns to the lineup and Kris Bryant exits in the third after being hit on the hand by a pitch. The good news: X-rays were negative.

Next: Robert Stock, a 31-year-old righthander who was just called up, will make his Cubs debut against — gulp — Jacob deGrom (6-2, 0.56).

Sky 105, Lynx 89: Vandersloot makes history

That's three wins in a row for the Sky, who saw Courtney Vandersloot become the fourth woman in WNBA history to pass 2,000 assists on a night she went +26. Three of her 14 assists went to wife Allie Quigley, who led all Sky scorers with 23 points.

  1. Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow blamed his partially torn UCL on the MLB not allowing him to use sunscreen on the baseball. ESPN
  2. Carlos Rodon, meanwhile, ripped Rob Manfred and took aim at the Astros, who the Sox play this weekend.  NBC Sports Chicago
  3. Scottie Pippen is launching his own brand of bourbon. Food and Wine
  4. L. Jon Wertheim has a new book on 1984 out. Here's an excerpt about the Cubs. The Athletic
  5. The Arlington Heights mayor tells Parkins and Spiegel they haven't heard much from the Bears. 670 The Score

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Trivia answer: Kordell Stewart

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