On Valentine’s Day 2004, Nina DeLuca accepted my request to go to junior prom. February was a bit premature to ask about an event in May, but I knew she’d be in high demand come April. I was right. Mike Breda, the star linebacker with a jaw chiseled from granite, asked her a full two months after me, and she gave me the ol’ Nevermind. I still think about it in the shower sometimes.
The Bears just Mike Breda’d poor Andy Dalton less than one month after declaring him:
Chicago traded up to No. 11 in the NFL Draft to secure shiny new quarterback Justin Fields, effectively giving Dalton $10 million next year to hold a clipboard.
It should be noted that at least publicly, the Bears are still pegging Dalton as their starter and will “have a really good plan in place to develop Justin.”
“Matt [Nagy] has spoken to Andy Dalton tonight; that communication and clarity for us is really important,” General Manager Ryan Pace said Thursday night, via Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Andy is our starter, and we’re gonna have a really good plan in place to develop Justin and do what’s best for our organization and win games.”
This is par for the course for the Bears. In 2017, the organization signed Mike Glennon, told him he’s the starter, and then traded up for Mitchell Trubisky. Why mess with a formula that works? NAHHHT.
In the wake of Fields’ name being called at Number 11 in Thursday night’s Draft, the internet fired up the Meme Machine and came correct.
Andy Dalton with the draft on in the background…. pic.twitter.com/JaUTPYSc0t
— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) April 30, 2021
Justin Fields to Andy Dalton: pic.twitter.com/dvvXygEPtd
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) April 30, 2021
How Justin Fields gonna look at Andy Dalton in the Bears QB room pic.twitter.com/apm4jSb9Dz
— #RingerNFL (@ringernfl) April 30, 2021
Andy Dalton when he sees Ryan Pace in the cafeteria pic.twitter.com/BBF16cCn92
— Sourdeath Sam (@SourdeathSam) April 30, 2021
Andy Dalton : So I’m going to be the Starter?
Matt Nagy: Yup
Bears Front Office: pic.twitter.com/10a0Y6ZJGd
— Just Eric 💰📈🗣 (@JUSTERIC__) April 30, 2021
The Andy Dalton era in Chicago was still better than Mitch Trubisky’s
— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) April 30, 2021
“With the 11th pick in the 2021 #NFLDraft, the Chicago Bears select Justin Fields.”
Andy Dalton: pic.twitter.com/LdnDligdBG
— Kendall (@_kendallrjones_) April 30, 2021
Justin Fields meeting Andy Dalton for the first time pic.twitter.com/RNZJEWYeK1
— luke (@JERRYRElNSDORF) April 30, 2021
The Bears: “Andy Dalton is our QB1!”
*trade up draft Justin Fields*
The Bears now:
— The Ringer (@ringer) April 30, 2021
Andy Dalton to the Bears right now pic.twitter.com/qGtF8PEeaI
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) April 30, 2021
Andy Dalton believed them and that's just sad, bro.
— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) April 30, 2021
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.