Chicago Bears Training Camp Preview: Quarterbacks
By Usayd Koshul
With the Bears officially reporting to training camp in Bourbonnais, Illinois on July twenty-first, it’s time to begin previewing each of the Bears individual positional groups on the roster.
Today, we look at quarterbacks, a position that will make-or-break the Bears franchise moving forward.
For the second consecutive offseason, the quarterback room in Chicago underwent a significant rebuild. In 2017, the three main faces in the room were Mike Glennon, Mitchell Trubisky, and Mark Sanchez. Of the three, only Trubisky remains and is joined by two new faces: 2018 free agent signees Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray.
Right off the bat, it’s clear that there will not be any quarterback controversy in Chicago for the 2018 season. Unlike 2017, where many lobbied for Trubisky to start over Glennon, everyone knows that this is going to be Mitchell Trubisky’s team for a long time. In other words, there is a clear-cut starter and nothing will change regarding who will be under center when the regular season kicks off on September ninth.
As it stands right now, there is a high likelihood that head coach Matt Nagy decides to keep three quarterbacks on the roster for the 2018 season. With Trubisky as starter and Daniel as the main backup, many are under the impression that Tyler Bray is simply a training camp body and will be cut sometime later in August as a part of the team’s cuts when finalizing the fifty-three man roster for the regular season.
However, Bray will likely stick around and take over the role that Mark Sanchez held last year, which was running the scout team.
As for Chase Daniel, the thirty-one-year-old serves a bigger purpose than just replacing Mitchell Trubisky in preseason games. Daniel was mainly brought in due to familiarity with Matt Nagy’s offensive system, as the two were together from 2013-2015 in Kansas City.
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Essentially, this will allow for Daniel to act as both a player and a coach, helping to mentor Trubisky on the sidelines each Sunday during the regular season. It’s fair to expect this group to be relatively stable for the upcoming season. Perhaps the single biggest advantage of having Chase Daniel on the roster is him being a player instead of a coach. As a coach, you can only do so much, however, when it comes to on the field experience, first-hand experience regarding certain in-game situations can sometimes only be answered by players.
As the Bears continue to get closer to training camp, there is no denying that the quarterback room is in great shape. There is a perfect blend of both youth and veteran players in the quarterback room which will also go a long way towards helping the team as a whole.
Matt Nagy is an offensive-minded head coach who has experience playing the position himself and the Bears biggest focal point of the offseason was figuring out a way to help Mitchell Trubisky take the next step and become a true franchise quarterback. The Chicago Bears accomplished this by not only overhauling the receiving core around Trubisky but also doing their absolute best to sign good veterans that are familiar with the offensive system that will be run.