“Do I want the fans behind me and this team? Yes. Do I want them behind Justin? Absolutely, I do,” Dalton said to reporters. “But that’s not my focus. I can’t focus on all that right now. Like I’ve said before, Justin is going to have his time and Justin is going to have a great career. But right now, it’s my time, so my focus is on being the best player I can be for this team.”
Of course, his comments quickly went viral on social media, with many suggesting that Fields – not Dalton – is the future of the team. Count ESPN’s Mike Greenberg among them.
On Thursday morning, he made it clear he doesn’t agree with Dalton’s assessment. The ESPN host said Dalton is the Bears’ starting quarterback on social media only.
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.@espngreeny doesn't think Andy Dalton has built up enough good will in Chicago to say it's his time now over Justin Fields.
"He has been QB1 in Chicago on Instagram only!" pic.twitter.com/uuaZDSK4Ok
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) August 19, 2021
Bears head coach Matt Nagy has said all preseason that Dalton will be the team’s starting quarterback when the 2021 season kicks off. The veteran quarterback is likely to start the season under center, but where will he finish it?
Justin Fields showed flashes in his first preseason game, completing 14-of-20 passes for 140 yards and two total touchdowns.