Dalton spoke for about 20 minutes on Thursday, but there wasn’t a whole lot to takeaway from his press conference. He said the right things, indicated he’s connected with a few of his teammates, and says he’s looking forward to working with Foles. Everything went smoothly and Dalton comported himself well, considering the fanbase was irate for much of the week. He should have never been in that position, though.
The decision to put Dalton up at the podium with no comments from Pace or even head coach Matt Nagy was disappointing to say the least. The general manager caused this firestorm and had to know the optics were not good after being tied to so many quarterbacks. Why not take some of the bullets fired at Dalton from the media and explain the move?
We know Pace doesn’t like to show his face more than he needs to, but him being absent from this press conference spoke volumes. You can’t preach the need to look at every option at the quarterback position and not defend it or provide context to the when you finally make one. The Bears chose to move on from their hopeful franchise player in Trubisky and signed Dalton to replace him after reportedly missing out on other players. That deserves an explanation.
If Pace were to speak, he wouldn’t give all the answers or provide much context. That’s fine. But he needs to hear from the media just how upset this fanbase is and know that the masses are not going to settle for mediocrity any longer. Putting that on Dalton just isn’t fair.
The new Bears quarterback will be fine though. He gets the frustration, is still at least $10 million richer than before, and at the very least is a better quarterback option than Trubisky and Foles. He should be all smiles, but he shouldn’t be taking the heat for Pace.