Andy Dalton

Average Andy Dalton is all the Chicago Bears need to win in 2020

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By Mike Brez March 3, 2020 0 Comment
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Andy Dalton might not be one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, but the Chicago Bears don’t need him to be in order to win in 2020.

It’s time. Time for everyone to stop being picky about what veteran quarterback the Chicago Bears ultimately decide to sign in 2020. No, there’s been no confirmation that the Bears will bring in a veteran QB this offseason, but rumors and leaks sure seem to point that way. With Mitchell Trubisky not living up to his potential yet in the league, Ryan Page and the Bears have been forced to pursue other options.

In the incredibly storied franchise of the Chicago Bears, there has NEVER been a 4,000-yard passer. Chicago has never seen a franchise QB besides Jay Cutler (we will count it) and the great Sid Luckman. Us Bears fans don’t have a right to not like a QB because they “aren’t”good enough,” especially when it’s guys in this free-agent class that has been on Chicago’s radar like Carr, Bridgewater, Keenum, and even the red rocket himself, Andy Dalton.


News recently broke a couple of days ago that the Bears were heavily pursuing established veteran quarterback and Bengals franchise QB, Andy Dalton, who has a cap hit of just over 17 million in 2020 and is a free agent after next season. Rumors are swirling that the Bears could even be current front runners for Dalton. Bears fans all over social media seemed split on this news. Some hated the news, and some embraced it.

Average is Good

Andy Dalton is the epitome of average over his career. Steady statistics across the board, never throwing for under 3,300 yards except for once in his career when he only played 11 games. Let’s face it, average at the quarterback position is what we’ve been hoping Trubisky would get to for the past three years. Andy Dalton has also eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark twice in his career, most recently in 2016. That’s two times more 4,000-yard seasons than the Bears have in their ENTIRE franchise history. The Bears would be lucky to have a guy like Andy Dalton come to Chicago.

Is he good enough to win?

Absolutely. The Chicago Bears for the last two years have only needed average/slightly below-average quarterback play to win. Trubisky showed stretches of that in 2018 and 2019 but was never able to consistently put it together over an entire season, which is why there has been no playoff success with this generational defense. Andy Dalton has never played with a defense of this caliber and talent. The offensive goal with a defense this talented is always “get to 20 points.”

In 2018, the Bears gave up an average of 17 points per game and scored an average of 26 points per game. Of course, they went 12-4 and hosted a playoff game. In 2019, the Bears gave up 18 points per game and scored an average of 17 points per game. They still managed to go 8-8 when their record could have been much worse. With an average quarterback, the Bears would have again been a playoff team in 2019.

Through his nine-year career with the Bengals, Dalton has led the team to under 20 points per game once. That one time was with last season’s abysmal AJ-Greenless, Tank For Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals. Dalton has all the capabilities and talent to thrive in Nagy’s offense. Based on his career number, even if he’s just average and the defense stays dominant (top 5), the Bears can win, and win a lot.

The window to win a championship is closing quickly, and any free agent the Bears can bring in should provide a boost on offense. With Cam Newton likely staying in Carolina, Tom Brady looking out West, and Drew Brees probably staying in New Orleans, the Bears best current option is to trade a mid-round draft pick to acquire Andy Dalton. Dalton would join his former offensive coordinator and QB coach, Bill Lazor, who was recently hired in Chicago. So it’s time to hop on the Andy Dalton bandwagon and hop for average at the QB position in Chicago!

P.S. he also has some of the greatest gifs on the internet

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