The Chicago Bears dropped their season opener 34-14 to the Los Angeles Rams, where quarterback Andy Dalton was far from the problem. But he also wasn’t the solution either, which could spell the beginning of the Justin Fields era much sooner than expected.
Dalton survived Week 1 with his health and starting job in tact. But there certainly appears to be an expiration date on his time as starter. It’s going to be sooner rather than later when Fields gets his chance to start in place of Dalton. We just don’t know when, exactly.
While we wait for Fields to get his starting chance, we decided to have some fun with our Andy Dalton Leash Watch, where we take a weekly look at how short — or long — Dalton’s leash is heading into a given week, until it’s inevitably pulled.
Whether it lasts for three weeks six weeks or longer remains to be seen. But we’ll be following along the entire way.
On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the shortest and 10 the longest leash, here’s where Dalton’s leash stands heading into Week 2.