CHICAGO -- It didn’t take long for the boos to arrive at Soldier Field on Saturday.
About midway through the second quarter of the Bears' eventual 41-15 preseason loss to the Bills, after another three-and-out from Chicago's starting offense with veteran quarterback Andy Dalton leading the way, the fans in attendance wasted no time -- or effort -- making their wishes known. Boos quickly turned into a round of "We want Justin Fields" chants, which lingered well past the only real highlight of the day: a 73-yard touchdown from Dalton to receiver Rodney Adams. After the game, the rookie Fields acknowledged that he heard the fans, and he issued a stern rebuke of the chants they were using.
“I noticed it,” Fields said of the chants for him as Dalton played. “Of course, the fans are awesome. They also have to realize that Andy’s a human being too. I really just think it’s kind of disrespectful to Andy, them cheering and chanting my name out like that. They have to trust in coach to make sure he’s making the right decisions and just cheer Andy on. That’s not helping Andy play better, them cheering my name. I would say my advice to them would be to cheer for who’s out there playing on the field.”
For his part, the fans’ attitudes didn’t bother Dalton.
“It’s part of it,” Dalton said. “They want to see a good product out there. I didn’t hear any boos after the touchdown pass that I threw. So hopefully they’ll be cheering a lot.”
Dalton went 11-of-17 for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Fields was 9-of-19 for 80 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Dalton remains the Bears' starting quarterback, coach Matt Nagy said postgame.
Cam Ellis is a writer for 670 The Score and Audacy Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KingsleyEllis.