During yesterday’s preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, Dalton was booed after being sacked in the first half. Crowd chants of “We Want Fields” also popped up on occasion while Dalton was in the game.
“You know, it’s part of it,” Dalton said, via NBC Sports. “They wanna see a good product out there.”
While Dalton shrugged off the taunts, Fields delivered a message to Bears fans after the game, asking for them to refrain from pitting him against the veteran starter.
“I really think it’s kind of disrespectful to Andy, them cheering my name out like that,” Fields said. “Just cheer him on, you know? That’s not helping Andy play better, to cheer my name. That’s not doing none of that.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 22, 2021
Fields also reiterated after the game that he and Dalton share a common goal, even if they are technically competing against each other.
“If Andy’s in the game, I’m going to be rooting for him and hoping we score 100 points,” Fields said on Saturday, via Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times. “The fans need to realize we’re on the same team.”
Justin Fields on the growing support for the Bears to make him their starter: “If Andy’s in the game, I’m going to be rooting for him and hoping we score 100 points. The fans need to realize we’re on the same team.”
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) August 21, 2021
On Saturday, Fields finished 9-for-19 passing for 80 yards while rushing for 46 yards on four carries. All indications are that he’ll be the Bears’ starter sooner rather than later.
It just won’t be in Week 1, and the former Ohio State star is seemingly okay with that.