“It’s Going to Be a Challenge” – Rams HC Highlights the Difficulties of Facing Andy Dalton and Justin Fields

Published 09/07/2021, 12:07 PM EDT
May 27, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay speaks with quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during oraganized team activities. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Ahead of the match between Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears, Sean McVay, head coach of the former, had a lot to say about the latter. He was honest and straightforward as he showered praises on the opposition’s quarterback, Andy Dalton, and rookie signal-caller Justin Fields. 

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McVay knows Dalton’s potential

Even though Andy Dalton doesn’t have much fan support behind him, one can’t deny his quality of performances of late. His pace and positional awareness are exemplary and it makes him very dangerous.

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Jan 3, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is sacked by New York Giants nose tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (94) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking about Dalton, McVay said, “But Andy is a winning quarterback in this league. (He) does a great job. I really have seen a lot of film of Andy, even going back to when Jay Gruden was his (offensive) coordinator at Cincinnati. So, very familiar with what a really good quarterback he is. He does a great job, accurate, anticipation, recognizes the looks defensively, can straighten up protections.”

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Sean McVay impressed by Justin Fields’ preseason

Rookie signal-caller Justin Fields is loved by the fans and rightly so. Unfortunately, Dalton is the starter for the Bears, but in all honesty, it is a great problem to have. Dalton starting and Fields as his alternative is a scary proposition for the opponents.

Sean McVay echoed the same sentiments by saying, “And then you see the ways that Justin (Fields) made a lot of plays going back to his career at Ohio State (and) what he showed in the preseason. So, I think you got to be ready for either or, but it’s going to be challenge, for sure.”

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 28: Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts against the Clemson Tigers in the second half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

All in all, the match between the Rams and Bears is going to be an entertaining bout with individual battles all around the pitch. It will be interesting to see how Justin Fields performs in the center and if McVay’s assessment can stop the Bears!

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Suresh Menon

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