The Andy Dalton period in Chicago is off to an inauspicious begin.
Through the Bears’ 34-14 loss to the Rams on “Sunday Night time Soccer,” Dalton accomplished 27 of his 38 move makes an attempt for simply 206 yards, averaging 5.42 yards per try. He didn’t full a move of greater than ten yards; one among his two makes an attempt past that threshold was intercepted.
The shortage of deep passing within the sport plan from coach Matt Nagy was an achilles heel for the Bears offense, which moved the ball however had no explosive performs. The gamers don’t seem thrilled.
“It’s difficult, however you’ve simply gotta work with what you’re getting,” Bears receiver Marquise Goodwin mentioned. “I don’t management the performs which can be known as. I don’t management something however simply going on the market and doing my job and I simply do it the very best that I understand how: quick.”
The Rams had the top-ranked protection within the NFL in 2020, and the short passing sport was largely enacted to neutralize Aaron Donald on the defensive position, particularly after the Bears suffered a collection of offensive line points. Nevertheless, Goodwin identified that the sport plan didn’t do something to neutralize their different celebrity – cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
“As you talked about, [Ramsey] is a singular participant, All-Professional, Professional Bowler, instinctive, particularly in brief areas,” Goodwin mentioned. “And us not working previous 10 yards, that fell proper into his hand, I really feel like.”
There’s a cloud hanging over the Bears’ offense within the type of Justin Fields, their rookie quarterback who they traded as much as draft No. 11 general this offseason. Nagy has repeated that Dalton will stay the starter whereas Fields learns the offense, however Fields’ skillset is perhaps precisely what the Bears must counteract their points on offense. The Ohio State product is a prolific deep passer, and his mobility in comparison with Dalton might assist the receivers to purchase time to get open downfield.
We’ll see how lengthy the Bears can hold rolling Dalton on the market, but when the offense continues to lack explosive performs, Fields’ presence will loom bigger and bigger each week.