Was it a smart move for Matt Nagy to name Andy Dalton the Week 1 starter? | Get Up

Was it a smart move for Matt Nagy to name Andy Dalton the Week 1 starter? | Get Up

BACKGROUND ON “GET UP.” KIMBERLEY: I LIKE IT. RYAN: ROBERT, LET ME START WITH YOU, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS DECISION FOR THE BEARS TO GO WITH ANDY DALTON AND HOW THE SCHEDULE MIGHT PLAY INTO THIS? I WANT TO BREAK THAT DOWN AS WELL. ROBERT: I DON’T THINK THE SCHEDULE HAS MUCH TO DO WITH THE DECISION TO GO WITH ANDY DALTON. ONCE YOU DECIDE TO PLAY JUSTIN FIELDS, THERE’S NO GOING BACK. A BRIDGE QUARTERBACK, JUST GO AHEAD AND START HIM. LOOK, YOU BROUGHT IN ANDY DALTON, YOU MADE HIM PROMISESES, HE’S GOING ON RADIO, EVERYBODY TELLING HIM THAT HAS HIS EAR IS TELLING HIM HE’S Q.B. ONE, LIKE THE SKIP BAYLESS MEME, IT’S HIS TURN. YOU KEEP PLAYING HIM. IF HE DOESN’T GO WELL, GO WITH JUSTIN FIELDS, FULL FORCE AHEAD. RYAN: HERE’S WHY WE BRING UP THE POINT OF THE SCHEDULE. YOU SAW THE FIRST SIX GAMES THERE. YOU GOT THE RAMS, BENGALS, BROWNS, LIONS, RIGHT? AFTER THE LIONS, THERE’S THIS IDEA, THERE’S THE RAIDERS, PACKERS, BUCCANEERS, 49ERS, STEELERS, RAVENS, PLAYOFF TEAM AFTER PLAYOFF TEAM, KIMBERLEY A. MARTIN, AND I WONDER IF YOU LET HIM SIT ON THE BENCH, LEARN FROM ANDY DALTON, THINGS GO SIDEWAYS, NOW WE’LL PUT HIM IN, DOES IT MAKE SENSE WITH THE MEAT OF THE SCHEDULE LIKE THIS, WITH SIX OR SEVEN PLAYOFF GAMES IN A ROW? KIMBERLEY: THE BIG ISSUE FOR THIS TEAM IS THEIR OFFENSIVE LINE. SO, YES, THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT SCHEDULE, ONE OF THE TOUGHEST IN THE LEAGUE, BUT YOU HAVE A ROOKIE QUARTERBACK. WE ALL KNOW THIS IS JUSTIN FIELDS’ TEAM, BUT RIGHT NOW THE BEARS ARE GOING TO LEAN ON ANDY DALTON’S EXPERIENCE. WEEK ONE, WE TALKED ABOUT THE RAMS, UNDER THE L.A. LIGHTS. THAT’S ANDY DALTON’S TURN, RIGHT? BUT RIGHT NOW MATT NAGY IS TRYING TO JUGGLE GETTING JUSTIN FIELDS READY AND PREPARED, GIVING HIM AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW, SO THAT WHEN HE DOES MAKE THE SWITCH YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GO BACK TO ANDY DALTON, BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE A DISASTER. RYAN: OKAY. JEFF, WHAT DO YOU THINK? WHEN DO YOU GET JUSTIN FIELDS IN THERE? JEFF: YEAH. I’M OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER WHEN FOOTBALL TEAMS PLAYED THE PLAYERS THAT GAVE THEM THE BEST CHANCE TO WIN, BUT FOR WHATEVER REASON THAT’S NOT HAPPENING, BECAUSE YOUR BOY JUSTIN FIELDS GIVES YOU THE BEST CHANCE TO WIN. IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO PLAY HIM ALL SEASON, I GET IT. WE’RE GOING TO BE THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, WE’RE GOING TO RIDE WITH ANDY DALTON ALL YEAR, NEXT YEAR JUSTIN FIELDS, THAT’S GREAT. YOU PUT HIM IN WEEK FOUR OR FIVE, THINK HE’S BETTER THAN WEEK ONE, YOU’RE FOOLING YOURSELF. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT AN NFL SCHEDULE LOOKS LIKE IN PRACTICE. THAT Q.B. ONE, HE GETS ALL THE PRACTICE, IN EVERY CATEGORY YOU’RE LOOKING AT. YOU MAY GIVE THE BACKUP TWO, THREE REPS PER SESSION. THAT’S NOT GETTING A Q.B. READY TO PLAY. IF YOU THINK HE’S BETTER IN WEEK SIX THAN NOW YOU’RE FOOLING YOURSELF. THAT ISN’T HOW FOOTBALL WORKS. I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS OF THE OFFENSIVE LINE. I ALSO UNDERSTAND THE ABILITY TO MOVE JUSTIN FIELDS OUTSIDE THE POCKET, RIGHT OR LEFT, WHICH IS RARE FOR A QUARTERBACK, AND BE EQUALLY ACCURATE WHICHEVER WAY HE’S GOING, AND PUT IN THE ABILITY TO RUN THE FOOTBALL. I LIKE BOTH. I THINK YOU CAN PROTECT THE QUARTERBACK BY MOVING THE POCKET, TRUSTING WHAT HE CAN DO ATHLETICALLY, AND THEN LOOKING DOWN THE FIELD. LISTEN, YOU DO HAVE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION, PROTECT YOURSELF IN THE POCKET, AND OUT OF THE POCKET, BUT, MAN, IF YOU CAN’T WATCH PRESEASON AND TELL ME HE DOESN’T GIVE THE TEAM THE BEST CHANCE TO WIN, I’M NOT SURE WHAT TAPE WE’RE WATCHING. RYAN: KIMBERLEY OVER HERE IS GIVING EVERY FACIAL EXPRESSION THAT — KIMBERLEY: I AGREE WITH JEFF. JUSTIN FIELDS GIVES THEM THE BEST CHANCE TO WIN LONG TERM, BUT THIS IS ABOUT THE NEXT EIGHT-TEN YEARS HOPEFULLY IF THEY’RE LUCKY WITH JUSTIN FIELDS. YOU KNOW, THIS ISN’T JUST ABOUT, OH, WELL, THE BEARS NEED TO WIN GAMES, MATT NAGY HAS TO KEEP HIS JOB THIS YEAR IN 2021. IT’S BIGGER THAN THAT. LISTEN, YOU UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF AN O-LINE, DON’T YOU? YOU DO. SO WHY WOULD WE HAVE THIS KID OUT THERE BEHIND THAT O-LINE? THAT’S THE ISSUE. THAT’S WHAT THE BEARS ARE LOOKING AT. HOW DO YOU BALANCE ALL OF THAT? RYAN: IT’S A TRICKY DISCUSSION. WE’LL LEAVE IT THERE.
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