Andy Dalton’s speech helped gather bears’ locker rooms before the Lions Game

The Chicago Bears were already amazed at what happened last Sunday at Soldier Field. Justin Fields left the game with a cracked rib. Then the defense let a 13-9 lead with less than two minutes left on a TD drive by Baltimore Raven’s backup Tyler Huntley. It was an absolute blow to the stomach. However, everyone from Andy Dalton to Roquan Smith and the other veterans would not have much time to gather.

They could not have known what was coming. Two separate reports, one by Jordan Schultz and another by Patch.com turned upside down in their short week. The first revealed several players in the Bears locker room were finished with head coach Matt Nagy. So before the team could even assess what happened, the second report revealed that Nagy would be fired after the Thanksgiving slope in Detroit.

Everything was thrown into chaos.

Nagy had to deny the report and then met with George McCaskey himself to make sure it was not true. If that wasn’t enough, several players thought it was and behaved as if he was walking. This forced McCaskey to approach the team directly and insist the report was false. In the midst of all this, they still had a game to play. It felt like the perfect situation for a team like the Lions to get the first win of the season.

Something had to happen, otherwise the whole playlist would go into that game completely distracted and ripe for the killing. It was then that a number of veterans stepped up to speak to the locker room. Among them Dalton himself. Cole Kmet explained how the longtime QB did everything he could to keep the guys focused on the task.

Dalton was asked about it during his own press conference. Although he did not divulge the exact words that were said, he made it clear that he did not BS anyone. He spoke straight from the heart and told everyone what was needed of them.

Andy Dalton got the job done

It was by no means a pretty game. The Bears came out flat in the first quarter. A disturbing trend that continues to haunt them. Nevertheless, despite this and an increasing number of injuries in the defense, they managed to build up a 13-7 lead at the break. That was not enough. Detroit scored what looked like a crucial touchdown to regain the lead and ran for more. Then the Bears took a break as they committed three crucial penalties, resulting in a punt.

Chicago had 79 yards left and 8:30 left of the game. Could they put a ride together? Yes, they could. Led by Andy Dalton, the Bears marched 64 yards on a staggering 18 games. They chewed the entire clock during that stretch and kicked a battle-winning 28-yard field goal as time ran out. Thus ended their five-match losing streak. Dalton finished with 317 yards passing.

It was not pretty, but it was a victory.

What may be the last thing Bears fans have been experiencing for a while. Arizona and Green Bay are next on the schedule. Given the way this team plays, it does not feel like any of these matches could end up being close. So it’s more than appreciated for Dalton to step forward and help save this one.

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