Bears GM Ryan Pace: Andy Dalton quarterback No. 1 for 2021 season

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Bears GM Ryan Pace: Andy Dalton quarterback No. 1 for 2021 season

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace has confirmed that the newly-signed Andy Dalton will be the team's starting quarterback next season. Dalton, who spent the last season with the Dallas Cowboys, signed with the Bears this offseason and he was told immediately he would be a starter.

"Obviously, his experience,” Pace said in extolling Dalton’s virtues, via Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network. “He’s a nine-year starter. He’s been to three Pro Bowls”. Dalton is a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback and he has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks over the last decade.

“He’s one of the more complete quarterbacks that we evaluated this year in free agency and we’re excited to have him,” Pace said. “We feel like we’ve gotten better with Andy”.

The Bears got Dalton but cut Kyle Fuller

"We knew what we were gonna be in for.

We knew we had to make some tough decisions,” Pace said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “You saw throughout the league some teams releasing multiple starters. Every team had hard decisions to make [in] a year where projection with the cap is almost a $30 million difference of where it projected to be.

With us, it came down to one player, but we plan these things far in advance. We always have contingency plans. And we wish Kyle nothing but the best”. Meanwhile, Bears head coach Matt Nagy has confirmed that he will return to calling plays on offense.

"I'm going to be the one calling the plays this year, and so I know that you'll probably be asking that, so we can just let you know that from the front end," Nagy said on a Zoom call. The Bears have a new quarterback No.

1 and Nagy is set to make some changes compared to previous years. "Some things will be a little bit different [on offense]," Nagy said. "There's going to be some things that Andy likes that Mitch and Nick hated, and vice versa.

But we're going to work together to figure out what that is. So you know, as a personnel department, as Ryan Pace as the GM, myself as the head coach and a coaching staff, when we collectively came together and said, hey, when you go through free agency and you look at everybody that's available, it was really a consensus for us to get Andy in here and move forward as the starting quarterback."