Bears' Allen Robinson: Andy Dalton 'has a chip on his shoulder'

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(AUDACY) Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields' eye-popping preseason debut last Saturday didn't prompt coach Matt Nagy to rethink his quarterback plan for the regular season. Nagy reiterated Monday that veteran Andy Dalton is still the team's starter, and the touted first-round pick Fields remains the backup.

And while it seems as if Nagy might be Dalton's only supporter in Chicago right now, veteran receiver Allen Robinson believes the Bears are well-equipped to win with Dalton under center.

"I feel like the connection we've had since mandatory minicamp has been very good," Robinson told the Tiki & Tierney Show on Tuesday. "Andy has a chip on his shoulder and a stake to claim in this league as well. Same for myself. As guys who've played in this league, each and every day, we go out there with a chip on our shoulder because we're guys who not only belong in this league but who've done what we've done.

"And that's what makes vet guys special, especially being in Andy's situation. He's played a ton of ball in this league, led teams to playoffs and stuff like that. Andy definitely has a chip on his shoulder, just how he's going about everything. I think for a receiver and others looking at him, it's fun to see."

Dalton, who will turn 34 in October, signed a one-year deal with the Bears back in March. As the Dallas Cowboys' backup last season, he wound up starting nine games and threw for 2,170 passing yards, 14 touchdowns eight interceptions with a 64.9% completion percentage.

Prior to his short stint with the Cowboys, Dalton spent nine seasons with the Bengals. In Cincinnati, he amassed 31,594 passing yards and 204 touchdowns in 133 games and led the franchise to five consecutive playoff appearances between 2011 and 2015.

During the era of the 16-game schedule (1978-2020), the Bears were the only team in the NFL that didn't have a single quarterback throw for 4,000 yards or 30 touchdowns in a single season. They've also drafted 31 quarterbacks since winning their lone Super Bowl in January 1986.

The Bears open their regular season at the Los Angels Rams on Sept. 12. Chicago currently has the third-best odds (+500) to win the NFC North and the 10th-best odds (+2500) to win the conference, according to the William Hill Sportsbook.

The entire conversation between Robinson and Tiki & Tierney can be accessed in the audio player above.

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